On vacation with my family we took the Bright Angel Trail to the bottom and back up. It was a great time. I remember it being very hot and I had no water. I would love to go back.
2.5hrs down, 3hrs up. First time in the canyon, pretty amazing.
With my wife to be on a trip to Vegas. Made it within a 1/2 hour of the bottom before we thought it best to turn around. An amazing place!!!!!
Down Bright Angel to Phantom and Back up Kaibab in 4+ hours. Great scenic run
When we first arrived at the Southern rim of the Canyon it was snowing so we held up in a hotel for the night. The next day the storm and the snow had gone and we began our decent of the South Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch. We stayed on the bottom of the Canyon for two nights and enjoyed the scenery and the Lemonade at the Phantom Ranch cafe. The hike out on the Bright Angel Trail was actually pleasant until it got later in the day and it stared to warm up. Watching the stupid tourists coming down the trail in tennis shoes and carrying bottles of Sparklets water was amusing.
I would love to go back and do this hike again or to maybe do a North Rim to South Rim trip.
Started hiking with my wife Mary at 5:30 AM. Some ice on trail. Incredible scenery and hiking. You haven't seen the Grand Canyon until you have hiked down into it. One of my favorite day hikes ever.
Very nice souvenirs, and very beautiful trail..
Perfect time to hike. Not too cold up top and almost didn't need a sleeping bag at the bottom.
What an incredible experience! This was a brother's trip across the Grand Canyon in 1 day. We started on the North Rim as recommended on many trail report pages and descended down 5000' over 14 miles to the Colorado River. The trail is relatively easy with the only thing to watch for is mule dung and the occasional rattlesnake. We ascended via the Bright Angel trail - a 4000' gain over 7 miles. In total, 23 miles in 12 hours.
The NPS does a great job of warning people not to do a cross canyon trip let alone a trip from the Rim down to the river. You definitely have to be in shape for this one, but it's a rewarding experience. We met the wife of old timer named Maverick (79 years old) who has hiked 1000 mile this summer in the Canyon and has completed numerous Rim to Rim trips. I hope I can do that when I'm 79....
. . . and we'll keep adding routes. Camping at the beach at Red Canyon for two nights is a treat.
Winter is the best time to be here.
A long and hot hike. The first time I reach a summit lower than the starting point.
A wonderful hike, A nice kaleidoscopic tour from the reddish sandstone colors of the upper cliffs to the green of the Tonto plateau and finally the 'lost world' views of the cliffs immediately above the Colorado river. 8hr 45min. trailhead to trailhead.
We day hiked these two trails from the south rim trailheads while we were overnighting in a motel in Tusayan. On the Grandview we hiked down to Horseshoe Mesa and Pete Berry's cabin ruins. On the way up we came across a backpacking group that had a hiker suffering from dehydration (yes, even in March!). They had sent someone back to the rim for help and as we neared the rim we saw a helicopter land on the mesa to pluck off the poor guy.
Two days later we hiked down the Hermit and Boucher Trails to a turnaround below Yuma Point, for a nice 10 mile RT hike. Where the Boucher trail circumnavigates the head of Hermit Creek gorge, the trail is exposed in places, so watch your step.
Great hike, great day. We did down and back in a day. We were well prepared with head lamps and such. Made a great day hike. Down past about a mile the tourists thinned out a lot. We managed to hike up faster than we hiked down.
Two of my friends and I decided to hike Grand Canyon from South Rim to North Rim and back in a day. We hiked the Kaibab Trail, 2.5 miles shorter than Bright Angel. The total distance was ca. 42 miles (plus another mile or so from where we parked and back). It took us 20 hrs. 15 min. Not a speed record but still a good accomplishment considering that each one of us had only about 1 -1.5 hr of sleep the night before in a car on the way from Vegas to Grand Canyon.. The goal for next year is 16 hrs. It's a very beautiful hike, especially at night with the moonlight.
Aww, the Grand Canyon. Most excellent. Have hiked it more times than I remember - probably around 8 or 9 times. Highlights include:
- first time being 9years old; carried my own sleeping gear!; snowed on us as we neared the top; I remember washing dishes directly in Bright Angel creek, and getting drinking water from the same (the old days).
- 5 day trek along the Plateau past Hermits Rest; eating fresh rattle snake (someone else chose to kill it), still have the skin as my hatband.
- spending my 18th birthday evening on the beach beside the river, with suprise champagne and banana cake; plus we saw the aroura borialis that night (a rare occurrance that far south - and we thought it was the champagne!).
- round trip trail run, including a 2hour/57minute split from the north side of the silver bridge to topping out on BrightAngel south.
- a 20mile trail run during a layover day at the bottom; ran BrightAngel North from river to above rushing springs and back (we're shooting for the NRim, but trail was closed).
- taking my 4yrs & 5yrs daughters a whole mile down and back up the Bright Angel South; and not loosing either one of the over the side!
Bet I'll be back! ;-)
Below freezing at the top, above 80F at the bottom
Round trip to the river and back in the same day. 92 degrees at the bottom and lots of sunshine. Only one mule encounter and not many other people below Skeleton Point. I may have been the only one hiking back up South Kaibab. 6hr. 5min. roundtrip.
Pretty Hot. Backpacked from helipad to Havasupai Campground. Hiked/Swam down to Beaver Falls the next day. Beautiful place.