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This trail is great! It’s a little off starting from the top and Ascending when coming back. But the views are breathtaking. Bring plenty of water especially during summer.

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2 days ago

Fantastic hike! First time at the Grand Canyon. Went during the summer when it’s really hot. The earlier the start, the better. Took us 3 hours out and back at a comfortable pace with a long scenic break at Cedar Ridge. Rangers do guided tours in the morning.

The immensity and beauty of the Grand Canyon remains breathtaking at every step from start to finish.

3 days ago

very easy trail but an amazing view at the end. shaded picnic tables for lunch and an incredible lookout peninsula

I didn’t go to Phantom Ranch on this trip. I just dropped into the water, restroom, and picnic table near the river. Standard Grand Canyon conditions. Trail gaiters help keep the dust and rocks out of your shoe. South Kaibab descent is rocky but manageable. Some of the areas along the river are very sandy. It’s a pretty long stretch to Indian Gardens but after that it’s about 45 minutes to an hour between water stops on the ascent. As always, the Riff-Raff gets heavy above the 3-mile house. Lots of people who don’t know trail right-of-way rules. Other than that, the Bright Angel ascent is moderate to easy if you manage pace and rest breaks accordingly.

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4 days ago

Easy, well groomed trail with plenty of shade and great views. There are also online guides and brochures for some informational stops.

Here some feedback on the day hike of the trail loop South Kaibab (down) - Phantom Ranch junction - Bright Angel (up), yesterday July 11, 2019. Certainly it’s the hottest time of the year, with daily peak temps of 88F at the top and about 106F at the bottom. Took the 5:00 am bus, arriving at the South Kaibab trailhead at 5:10 am. With 64F at 7200feet it was a bit warmer than normal for the early morning. Around 5:30 great sunrise lighting a bit below Ooh Aah point. Passed the Cedar ridge at 5:40 am, Skeleton Point at 5:55 am and the Tip Off hut at 6:25 am. Crossed the first bridge over the Colorado River at 7:00 am and the second bridge at 7:10 am. Temperature at the bottom was pleasant, probably around 75F. Took a 10’min cooling foot bath in the Colorado River at the lovely River Resthouse beach, which was very enjoyable. Reached Indian Gardens at 9:05 am. Until here 70% of the time I was in the shade of cliffs. Until here, drank 1.5 liters of water and 12oz cranberry for a refreshing mix with water. Also ate 2 apricots and 4oz of walnuts. After a 30 min rest at the Garden, slowed my pace down to deal with the temperatures rising to about 90F and now being mostly in the sun. Drank 2 liters of water and ate 2 apples for this last 4.5 mile section of the hike. Reached the top at the Bright Angel lodge at 12:05 noon where it was 87F. Total hiking time was 5h 55min, plus overall 60 min for little stops to take pics & clips, to change shirt, apply sun lotion, toss out gravel dirt from the shoes, to snack and drink. The key is to start the hike early and move fast, then it is an awesome experience. I had a total of 6 liters in the backpack and used 4 liters (enough for a 150 lbs person). After 10:00 am in the deep valley it’ll get close to 100F or more and one shouldn’t be there to suffer that heat. You also got to have the leg stamina to do at least 5000 feet vertical down and up without any (!) problem. Regardless, my legs were somewhat tired at the end because of racing a bit against the heat clock.

Wowza! Started this hike at 8:40 and finished it around 11:30, which is apparently the "average" time it takes to finish this (anywhere between 2-4 hours is typical). Bring PLENTY of water and snacks - we ended up giving some of our snacks to a little girl who was not in good shape, and we passed tons of people who were struggling without water. We stopped at the top of every other switchback and basically every shady spot so I could catch my breath (I'm going to say it was the elevation change for me - I'm usually at sea level, so hiking at 7000 feet is no easy feat!), but we just turned those breaks into photo ops to make it more enjoyable. The views are SPECTACULAR, so you'll probably want to do the same. Going down was fairly easy - my knees and feet started to hurt a bit near the end, which is weird because I never feel the pain going downhill like other people do, but I definitely did on this hike. Maybe bring poles - it does get a bit narrow, steep and slippery at some points, but it's not too bad. Stop at Ooh Aah Point for some photos and keep making your way down to Cedar Ridge. Stop there for snacks, photos and to enjoy the peace of the canyon, then prepare for your hike up! Go early to avoid the heat and bring plenty, plenty, plenty of water - it's a toughie, but it's worth it for the views!!

Super easy, but definitely breathtaking. Also fun to scare tourists!

Took S Kaibab to Bright Angel back up, was definitely a good combination of trails for the round trip. Took about 5 hours up bright angel. Trail took substantially more time to traverse after 3-mile rest house, good amount of shade near the end.

Took S Kaibab to Bright Angel, was definitely a good combination of trails for the round trip. Kaibab trail gets very steep and difficult at the end. Took about 3.5 hours down, 5 hours up.

Great trail for moderate hiking. We took 3 liters of water for two people. I would suggest 4 or 5! The park ranger tried to talk ya out of it and on the way back up I completely understood why! So fun and you feel like super woman when you’re done! Pack electrolytes and go early!

Perfect trail for anyone. Did most of it twice in one day. Started early and other than bus driver, I saw no other humans out there for the whole trip. Went back about 8am to get the family. Definitely more people out there after 8 am but still enjoyable. Can hike (more of a walk) entire route, or on/off bus as you please. Restrooms at Hopi Point & Hermit’s Rest stops. Bus drivers are friendly and knowledgeable. Must do in my book!

Unbelievably stunning.!! Arrived later in afternoon & headed down (about 5pm). Only a few people headed back up on our way down. Some shade due to later in the day made super pleasant.! Descends quickly making pretty steep on way back up. Lots of stopping points to rest on way back up if needed. Bring water!

Just did this hike on Saturday, 7/6/2019. Prior to starting our hike multiple park rangers stopped my bf and I to warn us about the heat. They suggest we only go to Cedar Ridge, no further because the temperature goes up as one hikes down. Plus, we started out hike after the suggested time 10 am. Anything after 10 am there’s no shade to protect you from the heat. Well, my bf and I felt comfortable to continue our hike down passing Cedar Ridge about 30-40 min. Going down is not difficult going up is when it gets challenging. I found this hike to be extremely challenging due to the heat. Make sure to start your hike very early between 5 am and 7 am or after 4 pm, bring a lot of water, have breakfast and bring salty snacks. I was lucky enough to come across a park ranger on my way up because I passed out.

If you want to get away from the people, go here! Be sure to stop at Cedar Point, I think the view here is a little better. There is a very defined trail the whole way, but some good hiking shoes doesn’t hurt. Be sure to bring enough water and snacks (I went through 3 liters of water).

This trail is no joke. Sooo easy on the way down in shade and what seems like a slight decline. We didn't get started until about 9:30 am and went about a half mile past Cedar Ridge. It was super hot with no shade on the way up. Definitely wish we would have started earlier in the morning. We just took it really slow with lots of "photo" breaks basically every time we came across a bit of shade. We thought we had brought plenty of water, about 3-4 bottles each in our hydration backpacks, but wish we had brought more. The trail was beautiful, very well maintained, lots of other people up and back. No water so bring your own.

First canyon hike I have done so it was quite different going down first and then up. There were a lot of great vantage points for pictures and views. The incline going up is pretty steady so you won’t over exert yourself by going up and down inclinations. The hike has logs and stone crossing it for most of the hike so you won’t slide. Beautiful panoramic view at the end of Cedar Ridge.

This is super super nice trail. We got to the Grand Canyon very late around 5pm. We spent 2 hours in the trail back and forth. It’s easy, short but just lots of height gain when you going back. The end point is amazing, cannot describe. This trail is good for all day I think. From the beginning, you are facing the east but the last half is facing the west! So you got all the look of Grand Canyon. Highly recommended. Bring little water is enough:) I will do it again!

Just under 5 hours. Very hot

Awesome way to escape the crowds and see some incredible views of the canyon. After Ooh Aah Point, the trail was nearly empty. Leave very early. We started hiking at 6:30 AM in early July and wish we had started earlier. There was very little shade after Cedar Ridge and the entire way back. We took four liters of water each - there isn’t any opportunity to get water on the trail - and plenty of light snacks. If it’s too hot, you can still get a great view at Ooh Aah Point before turning back.

Went out at 5am and had a wonderful experience! Cannot stress enough to get out there early - 3/4 of this trail was shaded because of it and completely empty. Took stunning pictures. My husband and I are athletic and in shape, we could have easily gone to Skeleton, we just wanted to play it safe as it was July. That said, we got down in about 50 minutes, the footing was scary so we took our time. We went up fast with minimal breaks. Enjoy! Afterwards we walked the rim trail to bright angel lodge which was a gorgeous walk as well.

13 days ago

It is absolutely worth it. The scenery is surreal and breathtaking.

Completed this in May; definitely harder than expected but a great challenge

First time doing this was a night hike. 6pm to 2am, AWESOME trail. 2nd time was a solo hike, 6 hrs total. Amazing hike, great views complete solitude. Bright Angel was a bit more crowded. There are 3 water spots on the way up. The last 3 miles are a BITCH! HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you trained.

First canyon hike I have done so it was quite different going down first and then up. There were a lot of great vantage points for pictures and views. The incline going up is pretty steady so you won’t over exert yourself by going up and down inclinations. The hike has logs and stone crossing it for most of the hike so you won’t slide. Beautiful panoramic view at the end of Cedar Ridge.

Highly recommended. The view at the end of the trail is amazing and there was no one around. This trail seems to be a little under the radar because it was completely empty when we went. Make sure you walk out to the balanced rock formation for an incredible experience.

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