Hiking Trails in Grand Canyon National Park

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Hiking Trails in Grand Canyon National Park

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  • Trail397648
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    I have hiked the bright ángel trail in the Grand Canyon twice in my life and down as far as Indian Gardens twice.I never had any problems. It is a long and at times difficult hike down, but you just take your time. There are good springs to get drinkable water too and take energy bars.
    It took me 8 hours to get down to Phantom ranch and 11 to get back up. It is hard going from Indian garden up. PACE YOURSELF! use walking sticks and rest at the springs.
    DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES. You need to be listening to your environment as there are rattle snakes (which you NEED to hear in order to avoid them) and lots of cool wildlife. Don't put your hands anywhere you can't see (think spiders). DON'T touch the mule deer...they will beg but they carry ticks. Oh and cut your toenails before you go....it is downhill and your nails get pushed into the front of your shoes.
    Stay near the canyon if you can because when you get back up you'll need to crash fast
    Have fun.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • WWTraveler27
    Phoenix, AZ130 contributions
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    Hiking the Grand Canyon was a life-changing experience. Getting to Phantom Range, the Colorado River, and then out on the same day was challenging. The views and the scale of the Grand Canyon were breathtaking. There is a reason it is one of the world's seven wonders, and it does not disappoint! Make sure you plan your water and energy carefully. Hikers were being rescued by helicopter all day because they underestimated the climb out. The struggle was real but worth it!
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,602 contributions
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    We only did bits and pieces of the Rim Trail, but it was amazing. The funniest thing is that we said hello to a hiker at the first stop and then ran into him 3 other times, including at Hermit's Rest. He beat us there. We had a good laugh.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • SneakinDeacon
    Christiansburg, VA1,604 contributions
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    Our group had allotted about 4-hours to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In order to get an idea of what to see and do during our limited time we stopped at the Visitors Center and talked with one of the Rangers. Like always the Rangers were very helpful and told us the one thing we had to do was take the trail down to Bright Angel Point. The trail begins at the North Rim Visitor Center and according to the Rangers the trail is rated as “Moderate” The maintained dirt trail to the point is about a mile, give or take. For the most part you are descending from the Visitors Center to the Point, so the return trip is mostly up hill and a little strenuous for out of shop people like me. There are a number of benches and place to rest along the way. Be sure to take water with you, especially during the summer as there is not concessions along the way. The entire length is filled with amazing views. Because the North Rim is less crowded than the South Rim you can take your time and enjoy the views without being rushed by other visitors. All total it took me about 90 minutes to complete the round-trip hike because I stopped at every opportunity to take photos and enjoy the breath-taking views. I was able to take my time and enjoy the amazing views.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL4,496 contributions
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    This trail was at the end of the Cape Royal road. It was worth the drive. The overlooks were beautiful - plus interesting landscape to look at along the way.
    Written 4 September 2022
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  • Becky B
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    this was a very challenging hike below the rim. Our first day hiking was an eye opener. the view we seen was spectacular. I would recommend anyone to do this. I did this even with my fear of heights
    Written 1 June 2022
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  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, NV1,491 contributions
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    It's a long way down to the bottom and many people take the challenge and overnight (or more) at Phantom Ranch or the campground. There are some who go rim to rim. Or back again. Remember, in the summer it gets awfully hot as you descend. And after the Coconino Overlook, the descent becomes steeper. If you're just in for a good day hike, either the first overlook or the Supai Tunnel would be two good destination choices. If you're hiking in the Fall, you possibly could go a bit farther. Cottonwood Campground is about 6 miles down; so that would be a tiring trek back up to the top. As for parking, the lot can fill up quickly. It's also a trail start for both the Ken Patrick and Uncle Jim trails. There is also a corral area here, but they generally transport here from elsewhere. You can walk here from the campground area and along the bridle path. Though it adds distance to your day hiking, it would be on mostly level terrain. There is also early morning trailhead transportation from the Lodge.
    Written 21 July 2022
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  • Lisamarie L
    Madison, WI869 contributions
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    We did a very small portion of this trail without our kids (my parents watched them at the lookout) but even the small bit we did was amazing.

    As we did this vacation with our kids and my parents we knew we weren't going to be able to do some of the more strenuous activities or hikes that went to more remote parts of the canyon. However, we did want to venture below the rim a bit, so we set a timer to hike 10 minutes down, and then back up.

    Of course, I would have loved to keep going - it was really cool to sink below the rim and watch the light/colors change on the rocks. The hike/trail was very steep and had switchbacks and often narrow/sheer paths. Definitely not a trail I would bring kids on, and make sure you have plenty of water and your shoes are tied (I can only imagine what would happen if you tripped on your shoelaces...).
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN2,033 contributions
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    Fourth hike in the canyon, but the first time on Tonto. We hiked down Bright Angel to Indian Garden and then turned right onto Tonto to go east to South Kaibab. There is almost no shade and no water, so make sure you top off your water and hike early in the day. This was a beautiful rolling trail with some great views of several side canyons. Quiet hike as we saw only a couple other hikers on this section of our hike. Highly recommend this trail.
    Written 24 September 2020
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN2,033 contributions
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    This is a great 4-mile hike with a fairly easy trail. Very kid friendly. Lots of shade along the way. The reward is an incredible vista of the canyon. Take a snack and enjoy some time just watching the scenery before heading back.
    Written 24 July 2021
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  • Cherie P
    Pahrump, NV3,286 contributions
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    Lava Falls was the last of the big rapids on our 7 day, 6 night rafting trip thru the Grand Canyon. It comes around mile 180. The guides highly respect the instensity of the the rapid. The ride is short, but was a blast! This rapid is the highlight of the trip!
    Written 7 June 2017
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN2,033 contributions
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    This was one of the more enjoyable hikes I had while camping on the North Rim. There are some great views along the way as the trail alternates from going along the rim and through a quiet pine forest. Plenty of shade along the way and the trail is fairly easy. Awesome vista at Widforss Point. Take breakfast and enjoy the views before your hike back. Great half day hike!
    Written 24 July 2021
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  • shazzzbo
    CT105 contributions
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    Great park, wonderful views. Great park to take a dog. Take water with you. Loads of different trails. Must see
    Written 4 July 2019
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  • RaktimRay
    Singapore, Singapore1,468 contributions
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    On any of the river adventures down the Colorado almost all boats will dock at the beach near Deer Creek Falls. This is one of the largest waterfalls shooting out of the canyons and will surely be a part of your rafting trip itinerary. If you are very lucky and go near the off season you may as well be able to make camp right on the opposite side of the falls (camping is not allowed fall side) and be able to enjoy the trail all by yourself. From the base of the falls starts the Deer Creek Trail. It starts off with a gentle slope giving way to a moderately steep incline, but you wont have to use your hands much. Some part of the trail requires the occasional grab and hold but overall its a relatively easy first part. Once at the top you will be greeted with mind bending views of the river from a high vantage point. But this is just half way on the trail. Next you move inwards into the canyon and here you have to encounter a bit of exposure. In one part you will have only a few inches worth of foothold with a dead drop below but its still good to go for the average hiker. Crossing this you reach a sort of flat land with a gentle stream flowing where you can dip your feet in or take a bath and just laze around and take an afternoon nap under the shade of trees and tapeats. This place is so secluded and pristine you will feel one with nature and completely disconnected from the outside world. Take a book or a pair of headphones depending on how you relax best and just let your troubles wash away. Try and keep a minimum of an hour in your hands there. The way back is exactly the same way you came up. Once down you can wash up under the falls. It one the most refreshing showers ever especially considering you have been on the river for days. Plus the water is warmer than the Colorado. For added thrill try to get under the falls. It may seem like your head will explode but trust me it wont. It will be well worth it. Ensure you ask your river runner if this is part of your itinerary because it absolutely must be. The only way i know to access this trail is through a river trip.
    Written 11 April 2017
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  • kevin k
    Arizona18 contributions
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    This trail is little travelled - we did 10 miles - 5 out and 5 back - and saw only 4 other people the whole time. Views of the river, of south Kaibab trail, and of the bridges are magnificant. Zoroaster temple is even more impressive up close - this landform is seen from many other places in the Canyon. This is not a tough trail by Canyon standards, and most all of the climbing coming in the first 1 1/2 miles. If you set out in the morning, the switchbacks will all be in shade, making things easier. Hike it, and you will be one of few to have done so. Well worth it.
    Written 7 June 2019
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