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|This may be some information for European hikers, who normally can not spend very much time for hiking the canyon, and - more important - who cannot make a reservation long ahead. First: Nobody who considers himself as a hiker and who comes to the Canyon should miss a hike down to the base! It's really great!|
In 1979 we - my wife and I - were there and thought we had to take two days. The ranger was really upset when I asked for a permit for the next day: "Who do you think where you are, we have to handle thousands of people!"
So we decided to do it in one day, and - after the hike - I'm thankfull to the ranger, because I think it is wasted time to spend a night at Phantom Ranch, there is nothing ... If somebody gets a permit for more days, he should spend the night at Tonto Platform (if it is possible to camp there).
What we did and what is fairly easy to do for even medium trained hikers:
We started at South Kaibab at sunrise with one gallon (4 liters) water, took much time to see the exceptional landscape and many photos, were at the river after about 3 hours, visiting Phantom Ranch (as I said: there's nothing), hiked the River Trail up and down to Pipe Creek, the lower end of Bright Angel (one of the warmest hikes I ever experienced), 2 hours rest there, looking at the many people and the canyon rafters passing by, then at about 1 p.m. start for the ascend, experiencing a sand storm while at the canyon rim was a heavy thunderstorm, rested at Indian Garden with pretty sunshine (!), hiked up the rest of the trail with nice weather, "saved a womens life" who was almost totally exhausted, and on the way just with bath slippers, no water and no bread, being back at about 6 p.m.
Conclusion: You can do it easily in one day if you are fairly good trained. Use mountain boots or very good training shoes, the trail is always good, no problems with steepness or so. Take enough water and bread or fruit.
|Posted Jul 8, 2003 6:35 am|
|The former link to the "Grand Canyon Dayhikes" page is no longer active(as of Jan 21st, 2005). Here is the new link to that page.|
Eric J Lee
|Posted Jan 21, 2005 2:30 pm|
|D Smith||Untitled Comment|
|Thought I'd add this link to a time-lapse movie of the Grand Canyon WebCam on a new site I've been working on:|
|Posted Feb 24, 2005 10:23 am|
|IlanES||Royal Arch Route|
|An epic 5-day, really isolated and georgous loop route that's left off the hike list is the |
Royal Arch Route (http://www.summitpost.org/route/308104/royal-arch-loop.html). It's a serious trip tho, not for the wary...
|Posted Jul 11, 2007 12:02 pm|