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Rim to Rim Trail Segment: Indian Garden to Colorado River

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Grand Canyon National Park

Rim to Rim Trail Segment: Indian Garden to Colorado River is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,371 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Views Waterfall No shade No dogs
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*Technically a required portion for those who are hiking rim-to-rim, but a must-do for those camping in Indian Garden* A sobering, monumental hike. This stretch from the Inner Canyon to the heart of the Colorado River reminds you of the Grand Canyon's sheer size and breadth. It's not full of sweeping vistas, as much of the trail consists of tight switchbacks along the canyon wall, but it's well worth it to sit along the beach and water the river thunder on by. As with the rest of the Canyon, bring more than enough water and food in the hotter months. You'll need to keep salts and electrolytes replenished, but with a filter you can refill your water from the river.

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Chris Gale
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Chris Portillo
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I highly recommend this trail as a two day or more hike. It was a physical challenge and in the process realized all the beauty we had to fly by in order to complete in a single day. Make sure all in your party have actually done training prior to putting them and the safety of the group at risk. Early April was certainly perfect weather for this hike. I highly recommend stopping by the back country office the day before your hike! They are VERY helpful and informative. Happy trails!

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Simon Guérard
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The hike is easy to follow, and the view are great. The canyon at this point is quite unique, with dark rocks and interesting cuts.

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Flouer Evelyn
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Gorgeous trip. Might be obvious to some- but note that this trail starts halfway down Bright Angel, NOT at the rim. The beach by the river was really nice, lots of fire ants though, so watch out. The trail crosses a lot of small streams, you might get your feet wet if your shoes are not waterproof. Quite a steep incline through parts of it, others are very flat. Took us 1.5 hours in and about 1.75 hours on the way back, with a half hour stop for lunch by the river. We were hiking at a very fast pace, chasing the sunlight. There are places to rest in the shade. It’s worth getting all the way down there!

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Connor White
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*Technically a required portion for those who are hiking rim-to-rim, but a must-do for those camping in Indian Garden* A sobering, monumental hike. This stretch from the Inner Canyon to the heart of the Colorado River reminds you of the Grand Canyon's sheer size and breadth. It's not full of sweeping vistas, as much of the trail consists of tight switchbacks along the canyon wall, but it's well worth it to sit along the beach and water the river thunder on by. As with the rest of the Canyon, bring more than enough water and food in the hotter months. You'll need to keep salts and electrolytes replenished, but with a filter you can refill your water from the river. We watched the medical evac helicopter pass by three times as we sat by the river; a reminder that the Canyon is just as dangerous as it is beautiful.

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Patrick Kupelian
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David Stewart
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Ronni Rutledge
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Brandan Huff
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Jake Parker
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Lauren Faul
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Michael Schmitt
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Mike coury
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Daniel VanGemert
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Pietari Sulkava
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Capri Rinke
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Scott Cerreta
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Wen Wen
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Alan Lawson
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Joe Walker
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Christopher Berch
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Michael Owen
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scott owen
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Rashid Qureshi
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Nicole Kreps
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Cecilia Tam
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Greg Lewis
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Eva C
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Eva C
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Suzy Schulte
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