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I miss this trail and Arizona !!!!!

Beautiful hike with jaw dropping scenery. Bring lots of water and layers if early in the season, its much hotter the lower you go. I lucked out, calling night before I left and got a bunk that someone had bailed on at the ranch at the bottom!

Best hike ever!!!

Definitely do this in the morning and be done before noon. It sure gets hot! We only made it to about 1.7 mark but it was still beautiful and strenuous. Going down is always the easy part, don't forget you have to come back up!

This was an amazing trail. Due to our backpacking permit being denied almost 4 months in advance of our arrival and no walk-in permits available, I decided to do this as a day-hike, which is not recommended by any means. It is completely doable, but I would only recommend it for very experienced hikers in top physical condition. I set a pretty grueling pace down at about 18-22 minute miles and about 1.5 to 2x that one the way back up. All in all, this trail was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone. MAKE SURE YOU BRING PLENTY OF WATER, or purification pills and pack light if you're going to day-hike it.

Absolutely beautiful! A must do !!

Great place to take the kids! Very beautiful.

Amazing trail.
Parked at Backcountry lot around 5:50am and jumped on the Hikers' Express Shuttle at 6:10. Arrived at South Kaibab Trailhead by 6:30. Took about 3 hours to get to Phantom Ranch. Crossed over the Colorado again via Bright Angel Trail. Took breaks at River Resthouse, Indian Gardens, and 3 mi Resthouse. Made it to the rim at 3:50. Total time = 9h20m (~8h hiking, 1h20m breaks)

Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Trail have plenty of water, didn't need more than my 3L camelback.