The Bright Angel Trail is the most popular in the Grand Canyon. It starts at a point just west of the Bright Angel Lodge.
Elevation at trailhead is 6,785 feet. The Colorado River is at 2,400 feet. The trail runs 7.9 miles from rim to the river. If you choose to go to Phantom Ranch, it's 1.7 additional miles. The trail is in good condition, but watch out for mules and their droppings.
This is the more scenic trail on the South Rim. There are water stations every 1.5 miles between the rim and Indian Garden (exactly halfway between top and bottom). There are no water stations after Indian Garden until you get close to Phantom Ranch. There is a stream running more or less along the trail from Indian Garden to the river, but do not drink the water. It's very useful for wetting your shirt to keep you cool during the summer though.
There are no technical sections along the trail, but you have to be prepared for hot weather. If you are going up this trail in the summer, you'd better know what you are getting into. Bring lots of water, food, and sun block.
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