There is a secret to a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike: Take four days to do it, even if you can do it in one. I have friends who go... more » South to North in one day, and some do North to South the next. That's good for bragging rights, but how much of the Canyon do they really get to see?
- How much time can they spend at Ribbon Falls? It's a destination unto itself.
- Can they spend a couple of hours drinking beer at Phantom Ranch and hanging out with other hikers?
- They miss the incredible night breeze at Cottonwood Camp.
- And they miss sunset at Plateau Point, which must be seen to be believed.
So, take your time--take four days for the hike. Each day's trek is six miles or so, and you have all kinds of time to actually see the Canyon and marvel at its beauty. Spend your first night at Cottonwood Camp, and marvel at the lights from the North Rim Lodge twinkling a mile above you. Spend the second at Bright Angel Campground, and enjoy a steak dinner at Phantom Ranch. Spend your third night at Indian Garden, and just relax. The fourth day's hike out is much easier, since you are already nearly halfway up the south rim. less «