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VermontMikeUp from Phantom Ranch  Sucess!


Much easier heading up this one than South Kaibab
Posted May 21, 2009 8:10 pm

HotovenLong uphill hike...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008


Did this in 1999 as well. Its a nice way out of the GC because of all its water sources. We hikes out the 2nd time in a night when there was a full moon out. Flashlights were not even needed. It was truly beautiful!
Posted Apr 20, 2009 1:31 pm

selinunte01To the river lookout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2000


below Indian Gardens and back. We had 105 degrees at Indian Gardens, that was quite a experience ...
Wonderful scenery !
Posted Jan 29, 2009 11:33 am

srclimb1Phantom Ranch & Back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


World Class scenery!!! One of my favorite hikes so far. I've done a number of Colorado 14ers, and those are inrcedible. But, you can't beat the Grand Canyon for a unique experience! My first time out was certainly worth every second of the wait...
Posted Oct 14, 2008 11:47 am

StumblingBearThree Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1971


Have done the hike 3 times, first time in Aug, another in May and again in Dec. Like everything. each was unique and a diffrent experience. Cold as the Dickens in Dec and 110 degrees in Aug, but it is a classic World hike! Did a side hike to Plateau Point, well worth the time!
Posted Aug 30, 2008 7:55 pm

bblack99Crazy heat!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2008


I knew we were in trouble when the forecast showed record highs all across Arizona, but 102 at 10am is ridiculous! We made it to our destination, Indian Gardens, in good time and had a leisurely lunch. My left knee went a little crazy somewhere between the 1.5- and 3-mile resthouses, but I managed to hop up the final few miles and take in a ton of scenery along the way!
Posted May 21, 2008 2:35 am

tleafLong weekend getaway


My hubby, our friends and I hiked down the South Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch. Stayed a few nights, explored other trails and the north rim then hiked out along the Bright Angel trail.
Posted May 13, 2008 7:14 pm

jimeganto the river and back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 1976


First visit to the canyon. A snowstorm hit while I was down in the canyon and there were about 4-5" of snow on the ground by the time I got back up.

Also hiked down for a raft trip with wife 8/25/05
Hiked up on 2nd day of rim to rim to rim 9/14/03 and 10/14/07
Posted Feb 17, 2008 7:33 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2007


Went down the bright angel trail as part of a R2R2R trip.
Posted Jan 20, 2008 7:38 pm

bobeckIn a snow storm...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007


And with Tanya. Was almost not sucessful during the storm!
Posted Dec 18, 2007 3:51 pm

tanyaBright Angel Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2007


I agree with Chaser... stupid mules! Dang they stunk! I never hiked so fast in my life trying to stay ahead of them. Did this on a rim to rim.
Posted Nov 30, 2007 1:51 pm

SilasCLRim to river and back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2007
What a great hike. Hit the trailhead at 7am, after seeing Elk near the train tracks up in the village. Proceeded quickly down the trail and arrived at the river at 10:15. Saw Condors on the way back up to Indian Gardens, where we stopped for lunch. Pretty leisurely pace on the hike up, saw some bighorn sheep right below the rim, and got back to the top around 4:30 for some ice cream!

It was 45-50 at the start, 75-80 at the bottom, and perfect temps most of the day. Probably the best trail I've ever done.
Posted Nov 19, 2007 8:50 pm

justinjohnsenKaibab-Angel Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2007
Took Charles' suggestion and used Bright Angel for our uphill return with a group of Outdoors Club friends. It was far more crowded than Kaibab, but every bit as scenic, with continual changes in the look and feel of the river, side canyon and plateau. People watching was great, as in all National Parks, but some folks were clearly having trouble with it. Even with South Rim night temperatures dropping below freezing, the resthouses still had running water available, a real treat for the back muscles.
Posted Oct 23, 2007 10:35 am

BlackmouthS. Kaibab to Bright Angel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2007


An awesome day hike. It was 90 degrees when we got down to the river and snowing when we got back up to the top. It was nice to sit at the bar in the El Tovar and look at the snow.
Posted Jun 29, 2007 12:33 am

mlbcardI hate the Mules
I agree with Chaser, without the mules, it would have been an amazing hike.
Posted May 12, 2007 10:25 pm

chudderto the river and back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2006


Me and my brothers were doing all we could to carry my parents up the last few miles!
Posted Apr 11, 2007 9:38 pm

dianeas far as indian gardens
Date Climbed: May 14, 2005


didn't go all the way to the river and back (will at some future date i'm sure) but hiked as far as indian gardens and then came back up. had to hit the lodge at the top for a celebratory bright angel lager (or maybe it was a pale ale, i forget, i just remember there was a beer named after the trail/ lodge)
Posted Mar 5, 2007 8:26 pm

Wandering Sole Images2nd visit to the Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2007

Wandering Sole Images

On my second visit to the Grand Canyon, I decided to come up the Bright Angel Trail instead of returning up the Kaibob. The Canyon's a special place and I don't know why more people don't go in the winter and avoid the summer heat and crowds. Awesome hike!
Posted Feb 7, 2007 2:31 am

eferesenBright Angel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2006


Snowed till the first bathroom stop. Absolutely icy and wonderful. I feel only 3 times. No Crampons. Did it this 3 times within the 14 days. Twice alone and once with Tom (iron man) and Matt Sloan (baller). We had a blast
Posted Dec 29, 2006 9:11 pm

SkydiveKenChristmas dinner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2006


Took my wife and son to Phantom Ranch for Christmas dinner. What an awesome spread. We spent three nights at Bright Angel campground lounging around and playing with my 18 month old son, Adam. It was his first overnight trip into the backcountry. Planned to take two days climbing out but the weather took a turn for the worst. Instead of staying one more night at Indian Gardens we pushed on to the top. We got within a mile of the south rim before the snow started.Grand Canyon pics and a passing mule train video
Posted Dec 29, 2006 6:19 am

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