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Three-Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Three-Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 2,086 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

Waypoints (1)
Getting There
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    1/2 mile rest house

    36.06041, -112.13901

From Grand Canyon village take the Bright Angel trail down to the resthouse.

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Reviews (690)
Photos (1670)
Recordings (554)
Completed (3601)
Tiffany Kudlawiec
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Hiking

The trail is maintained really well. While we hiked, we saw employees fixing spots. Same advice as everyone else- start early and take water. We passed some rangers on the way down and told them our original plan of making it out to plateau- he said it would be like walking on a frying pan at that time of day. We started at 730 finished before noon.

Emery Holland
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Hiking

Not as hard as people make it out to be. Very scenic.

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Ana Maia
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Hiking

Magnificent views the entire way! One of the best trails I’ve ever done. Water stations during both rest points (unlike this South Kaibab trail) so you can pack a little lighter. Strenuous way back up. Saw bighorn sheep in the top section of the hike. The rangers recommend avoiding the hike between 10am and 4pm (due to the heat) so we tried going early. We are athletic and the entire hike with stops took a little less than 4.5 hours.

Sarah Denison
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Hiking

Went down to the 3 mile rest house. Make sure to fill up on water and pace yourself on the way back up!

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Tim Chutz
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Hiking

Beautiful, scenic, hard, dry, hot, lots of rest areas, a LOT of very stinky horse road apples! Overall, mind blow!

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Adam Hradisky
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Sara Casaletto
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Hiking

great hike, unfortunately the best views are at the top so it’s a tad underwhelming as you go down into the canyon

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Sarah Smith
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Hiking

Great intro to the Canyon! Lots of traffic, but nice places to stop and take in the view. Remember that the way back up is much harder than the way down.

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Molly Rasmussen
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Hiking

Did this trail 2 years back in June! It was very hot so make sure you bring plenty of water and eat a big breakfast prior. Also bring lots of snacks if you plan to hike down to the bottom. It took me 3 hours to get to the bottom and 6 hours to climb back up.

Dale Tatum
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Hiking

Started at 3:45. Perfect temperature and no other people. Really cool sun rise. Coming back up got hot and pretty crowded near the rim. Not sure what happened to the GPS on my iPhone but it went crazy and showed me going all over the place.

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Corinne S
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G Bern H
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Hiking

This was an excellent hike with spectacular views the entire time. Both the 1.5 and 3.0 mile rest points have fresh water points, outhouses, and shady rest huts. The trail itself is very well maintained. Coming up will probably take you double the time as going down. This is not a hike for young children due to the incline and severe drop-offs/ledges. Bring lots of water, wear a hat, use sunscreen and wear light hiking shoes. Great hike, loved it.

Joanne Chang
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Anthony Gonzalez
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Amazing hike took us 3.5 hours hiking time. 1.5 hours down and 2 back. Crampons almost a must have first 1 mile or so

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Lewis gfds
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02/12/20 Made it 0.25 miles down and then turned around. You need yaktracks or crampons or spikes on your feet as the trail is narrow and covered in Ice. They sell them at the gift shop for $25 a pair but we ran out of time before we realised this. Otherwise looks awesome! next time!!

Charles Gutjahr
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A busy but excellent trail. Right now about half of it is covered in snow, and is occasionally icy. That made it more beautiful... the warm colours of the exposed canyon walls against the white snow was excellent. The trail is clearly marked and well serviced with toilets along the way and good spots to sit and watch the view.

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Reinhard Lolowang
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M M
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Ryan Cox
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Deborah S
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and a great one for getting a taste of the challenge of hiking *out* of the canyon. Hiked this in mid-November and the weather was perfect— very cool at the rim and gradually warmer as you descend. We also saw some beautiful wildlife. Started around 8am and there was lots of shade which made it cooler as well. We also found that the way up was less challenging than we planned but it is definitely hard, so don’t underestimate it. I hiked this with my husband and we work out quite a bit— if regular, high intensity fitness is not part of your routine, this could be pretty darn hard. We did the whole thing in about 4.25 hours, and it took us only slightly longer to ascend than to descend. Water is also currently off so plan accordingly.

Laurie Burdick
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Harder than you think, but gorgeous!

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