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Great views the whole way and a lot of wildlife out! Saw a ram and a few tarantulas in Mid October. Walk down was very easy and the hike back up was moderately difficult. There are two main stops for water and plenty of ledges for resting.

We were flooded with emotions when we reached the top of North Rim after 10.5 hours of trekking through the most magnificent canyon. A must do for pain seekers!

late 30s, Fat (280-6ft) out of shape, backpacked and hiked probably 10 years ago..

Easy going down.. Murder coming up. did this OCT 13th 2018. weather was great

Awesome trail!! It can be very rocky and steep at times, but nothing too crazy. Th views are amazing. Very different than the views from the canyon rim. There's some cool ruins at the bottom too.

This trail is less crowded than many other trails in the park. The day I was there, the main Village had thousands of people walking around, and this trail head had 50-100 people at the viewpoint. My entire hike I saw about 5-6 other groups of hikers.

I took the down hill as part hike, part trail run. Rim to campground was about 45 minutes. the hike back up was about 1.5 hours at a good clip. This trail is doable in 2.5 hours, but you have to have decent weather and be ready to hustle.

100% recommend this trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail, hiked this on a foggy rainy day and saw only three people on the while trip. The aspens were beautiful, unfortunately the canyon was engulfed in fog but there are lots of overlooks that I’m sure are specular on a clear day.

Wife and I hiked South Kaibab down to the river, then back up via Bright Angel on Sat, 10/6. We definitely enjoyed the hike and lucked out having an overcast day and a little rain drizzle on the final 4 miles up Bright Angel. Here were our stats in case you are trying to do some planning for your own trip.

South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge - 42 min (we were stuck behind mules at the start of the hike and stopped to take off clothing layers)
Cedar Ridge to Skeleton Point - 30 min
Skeleton Point to Tip Off - 32 min
Tip Off to Silver Bridge - 1hr 3min
Silver Bridge to Indian Garden - 1hr 47min
Indian Garden to 3 Mile House - 39 min
3 Mile House to 1.5 Mile Rest House - 38 min
1.5 Mile Rest House to Bright Angel Trailhead - 40 min

Strava Stats
16.5mi - Distance
6:13:33 - Moving Time
7:17 - Elapsed Time
4,791ft - Elevation Gain
22:32/mi - Average Pace

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is easy and beautiful with glimpses of the valley below. I hiked Segment 36. The directions do not go with this segment.

Views at end are as good as anywhere, especially sunrises and sunsets.

Beautiful hike with beautiful views! Took us a little over two hours round trip, with a lunch break at the bottom. Easy going down, so don't let that fool you. Coming up will have your heart pumping and your thighs burning!

Elevation gain really did take its toll on me on the way back up the trail - glad I had been acclimated in the general region for at least a couple of days. Even still: what an incredibly beautiful hike. I got on trail by 630am and really loved escaping the crowds. By the time I reached Cedar Ridge on my way back up there were a large number of hikers so I appreciated the pretty quiet time I had on Skeleton Point by myself. I was only really passing through the Grand Canyon for one night so will definitely be coming back to do this trail again and explore others.

So I will be sore for the next 2 days, being a novice hiker, but it was so very worth it. It is tempting to stop at the halfway point, Cedar Ridge, but keep going! You can do it! It took us 2 hrs to get down and 2.5 to get back up, all with plenty of stopping and a snack break.
The halfway point does have bathrooms! But no drinking water so bring ample. We started at 1pm and got to catch sunset back at the top at 6pm. The sunset isn’t impressive at first (compared to other places like Zion) but stay with it and after the sun goes down, the clouds reflect crazy cool colors and the sky turns into a gradient.
If you don’t think you can hike it, rent a mule!

Relatively easy hike. Climbed down a few rocks to get to a more secluded spot, but there are some great spots out on the ledge to sit and have lunch, very peaceful with nice views.

This trail is really beautiful but it wouldn’t be my first trail to recommend if you only have a couple days in the canyon and want wide open views of the canyon. This trail is great if you’ve seen the most common trails and want something a little different. Fairly easy with most elevation gain on your way back out. The only shade is around dripping springs and that’s the only source of water as well. If you don’t have anything to sterilize the water you need to pack enough for yourself.

This hike is a simple walk through the woods but oh my gosh is it amazing when you reach the point! This hike is suitable for pretty much everyone young kids, inexperienced hikers, etc. but oh man, the view at the end.. I’d hike MILES for that. It’s one of the few easy lookout points that don’t have a paved walkway right up to it so you are likely to find yourself with some alone time to take on the views. Sunrise would be incredible from this point. I witnessed a wedding on this point one evening at sunset. It’s just so perfect!

Probably my favorite hike under 7 miles at the canyon. The views are incredible and there tend to be fewer people once you get past cedar ridge which is always full of tourists. Bring adequate water because there is NO water on this trail. Some sections can be slick so take your time and make sure you have steady footing.

One of my favorite trails in the park! Hiked it multiple times while at the canyon. Please please if you pan to do it bring water! There is NO water access on this trail. Bring at least a liter per person, more if it’s during the summer. Beautiful views and once you get to the ridge it opens up and you can see all around the canyon. Difficult but doable if you take your time. Wear proper footwear, I don’t recommend sandals.

wow. amazing hike. best kept secret.

the best view in Grand Canyon!

Was a great hike
Very crowded the first few miles but then the crowds thin out the deeper you go , around the 3 mile mark
I disagree with a lot of. Reviews here about it’s difficulty , I exercise but am by no means in great condition and found the hike relatively easy
Just enjoy you’re surroundings and take it all in , the miles will pass by before you know it !!
Enjoy

Great hike! The views are so breathtaking, we were smiling all along. We didn't find any difficulty in it, even the walk up was pretty smooth compared to other hikes we have done before, but we did some pretty tough ones and are hiking regularly. We did pass a few people coming up who were struggling. Hiking poles are definitely a great thing to have, especially to protect the knees on the way down. It took us just over 3 hours to complete the hike, stopping a lot for pictures on the way down and a little less on the way up.

Loved this hike! We did it in March, and got up early to do it so it was pretty cool for our whole hike. We did down and back to Cedar Ridge in 2 hours, but it was a challenge! Getting up early to beat the spring break crowds was definitely worth it, and we were able to catch views of some mountain goat hiking the trail next to us!

I have hiked the canyon 5 times in 5 years. I’ve done this hike twice this year, one on May 18th, the other on Sep 29th. The weather was similar both times 80 day & 45 night. The second time we had a little less daylight to work with so carry a head light. It took a little longer the second time because waterlines were broken at the bottom and had to walk into Phantom Ranch to use restrooms and get water. One could carry a filter and water up in the streams but I wouldn’t recommend the Colorado River.
There is something about hiking this Canyon that is addicting. Being at the bottom and working your way up is taxing but the shear majesty of this work of art is beyond breathtaking. The challenge of the climb is also something to brag about.
I’m 67 & had a total knee replacement at 61, I will hike this trail until my body won’t let me.

Every hike in the Grand Canyon is utterly fabulous. This one ranks in my top 3, along with the S. Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point and the Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs. All three show you different aspects of the GC and are stunningly beautiful.

This trail is probably the widest and best maintained trail of the three, with water stations and restrooms every 1.5 miles or so. This makes it easier to hike with less water. The hike is strenuous, but it is not as steep as the S. Kaibab trail. If you intend to hike only once into the Canyon, this is the one I'd recommend the most. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous.

Fantastic but tough hike! I felt pretty confident going in, however the elevation change kicked my butt big time. At the 3 mile rest stop I felt slightly dizzy and could tell my hands were a bit swollen. Miles later, it was so much worse obviously as the elevation continuously changes throughout. I had to stop for awhile as my arms were so swollen I thought they would burst. A good rest and elevating my arms helped me snap out of it and continue on to make it 15 of the 17 miles.

The trail is well maintained, there are plenty of rest stops along the way, the weather was perfect when we went. I think it’s more the length of the trail, not being properly prepared, hiking during hotter times of day, and of course the elevation that can make this hike extremely difficult rather than the actual trail itself. It definitely is nerve wracking being all the way in the canyon knowing it’s up to you to get yourself back out!

When I go again, I will bring hiking poles to elevate my arms a bit, and pace myself more just to allow my body to properly acclimate so I don’t have the same issue! Otherwise it was amazing and I can’t wait to go back!

we didn't go all the way down because many said would take much longer to go back up. I do suggest planning it to take longer, but only took my wife and I about 2 minutes per mile longer. the 7 miles we did (turned around after the 3 mile hut) took just under 4 hours. was an amazing hike. we both wish we had gone all the way to the plateau. maybe next time.

Utterly fabulous. Borderline spiritual. Immensely satisfying.
The hike itself is certainly challenging, but - for those in good shape and blessed with good sense - it's a 7 to 8 hour tour de force. Be prepared (appropriate footwear, sunscreen, 2 to 3 liters of water, snacks on snacks on snacks), be sensible (start early, stay hydrated and properly fueled) and be reasonably cautious (take breaks, mind the terrain, yield to mules). The degree of difficulty will obviously vary from section to section, but no portion of the trail (in my humble hiker's estimation) qualifies as insidiously difficult.
Be sure to give yourself time to pause and be awed. The variety of landscapes, lightscapes, vegetation and vistas will take your breath away. (Assuming you've stopped to catch it... Ha, ha)
You'll be hard pressed to find a more majestic hike. Your topside victory beer will taste like ambrosia. Bright Angel to Plateau Point is an absolute gem. The World's Biggest Hole straight up delivers.
Get out there!

This is a beautiful hike where you get to see the layers of geology through the years along the walls surrounding you. It is quite popular and although relatively easy to go down, remember you must go back up. I was worried about my fitness level so I will describe it later in the review for those who are also worried. It's hotter in temperature as you go lower. We both brought 1.8 liters of water in our packs and had to refill on the way back up. Beef jerky and rx bars are enough for your snack at the bottom at the rest house at 3 mile. Fitness level needs: I'm in moderately good fitness and am not overweight but certainly not "skinny" or "fit." I'm not too diligent about going to the gym but walk for a few hours every day. I'm also 35 years old - if that matters to those who want to gauge their fitness for this hike. I found the hike back up very do-able. You definitely get in the zone and accept that you will have an elevated heart rate, take breaks if you need to, and will be hot. Luckily it is quite dry there, (obviously) and your sweat doesn't stay on your body so it's not too uncomfortable. Note that there seemed to be less shade once it was past noon, so that's something to consider. Again, water, water, water. I brought blister blocks and band-aids, and needed them, as my heels and toes blistered on the way back up, despite my broken in boots and inserts. However, my feet tend to blister more than most.

Loved this hike, but we had to cut it short due to rain coming. It's a difficult hike, not for families with young kids as there are several precarious spots along the trail. Of course the views are fantastic!

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon (south rim) a few times and hiked Bright Angel and South Kaibab trail. Those views are absolutely beautiful, but this trail’s view is my favorite and is truly breathtaking. HIGHLY recommend this short trail!

Hard but very rewarding when you finish it!

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