Spent two weeks in the park with a friend, hiking and backpacking. Three backpacking trips: New Hance Trail (camping at Hance Rapid is great); Grandview Trail/Horseshoe Mesa; and an ambitious trip to Clear Creek.
The steep South Kaibab Trail has better views than the Bright Angel Trail. Saw a rattlesnake on the South Kaibab Trail and dealt with icy stretches on the upper portion, the day after a snowstorm. The New Hance Trail was very hot but fun.
Hiking downstream from your campsite on Clear Creek through the Precambrian rocks is highly recommended.
On the South Rim, catch sunset at Powell Point and avoid the crowds at Hopi Point.
There is nothing like the Grand.
Loved the whole experience but I wish we would have planned for another night at the bottom! It was about the second weekend of april so the weather was perfect, some snow at the rim but the bottom was about mid-50s at night...beautiful! The knees did take a beating though and I agree with others how crazy it is to watch so many people with so little water do the multi-mile day hikes!
What a great Hike, I loved the "Box" section its like a very deep slot canyon. Little over 8 hours, followed the mules for the last 2 miles.
We did a three day trip and camped out at Bright Angel Campground the first night, then Indian Gardens campground the second night. Going down had great views the whole way down, the pot holes from all the mule trains definately took a toll on our legs. It is amazing how many people / tourists head into the canyon for a multi-mile hike down and out and don't even have any water with them. Real smart!
After a night of snow fall it was a kind of experience to find significantly warmer conditions down at the river. One day for down and up - a wunderfull area, breathtaking..........!
spent two days at the bottom and hiked out at 3:00 am on the third day to watch the sunrise over devils corkscrew.
2nd trip to the canyon. Brought Shelby for her B-day present. Explored the area for 3 days. No major hikes, but lots of short ones and scenic viewpoints. Saw 3 condors at Cedar Ridge, amazing birds. Off to Havasu Canyon and then Humphreys. Nice week in Arizona.
River to the rim in one day. Thunder river is amazing. The best water I have ever drunk. Camped on the Colorado with the wife and just watched the sun set.
Started hiking down at 4:30 AM and got to watch the sun rise up over the canyon was a incredible sight. Such a good feeling when we made it out to look down at how far we had come. Can't wait to do it again.
Took the early shuttle from Maswick Lodge to he South Kaibab trail with my 17 yr old son. We hiked down (1,550ft) to O'Neill Butte and enjoyed the awesome views below the rim. After weighing our options we decided not to proceed to Tonto and headed back up instead. (I was too heavily influenced by all the propaganda about the high number of middle aged men that need rescued from the GC.) We were back to Maswick before and on the road to Flagstaff before Noon.
Hiked the day before Memorial day. Camped right outside the south rim entrance. Woke up around 5am to a chilly 31F. After packing up the the tent, breakfast, etc., we left the South Kaibab trailhead at 7am. We really took our time going down to take pictures and save our energy for the hike out. Arrived at Phantom Ranch at about 11:30am. Laid out at Bright Angel Creek and cooked some food. Started the hike out around 3pm (Bright Angel). Temps were mild and we were out around 9pm; last mile started hurting a bit. Passed several people in trouble on their way out; hope they made it out ok. Some pics are here:
Hiked the bright angel trail twice. Once in 120 degrees in august, once at easter with snow on the canyon walls.
An awesome and hot adventure.
I (very) mistakenly thought that the Grand Canyon wouldn't hold much appeal to me. I thought it would be too touristy for my liking. But, on my first visit to the Phoenix area I decided that I should go see it anyways. I was completely awestruck at the scale of it. Pictures can ever do justice to it. The hike to the Colorado River was one of my most memorable days in the great outdoors!
The first time I hiked the "Big Ditch" was with Bristol Ellington, Michael Tassi, Scott Majewski, and Greg Toth (4 coworkers). We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail on 4/21/05, spent the night at Bright Angel Campground, and hiked up Bright Angel Trail on 4/22/05. On the way up Bristol and I took the old historic short cut from just above Devils Corkscrew to the East Tonto Trail just east of where it intersects with the Bright Angel Trail.
The second time was on 5/18/07 when I hiked South Rim to North Rim (6:00 am to 8:30 pm via Bright Angel and North Kaibab) with my son Lance, my brother Barton and his daughter Chelsea, my brother-in-law Michael and his 11-year old son Zachary, Steve Stembridge, and Scott Jarvis. We met up with 6 of my coworkers (the same 4 coworkers from my 2005 trip plus Steve Dush & Eddie Dichter) for a couple of hours at Cottonwood Campground who are doing a 3-day North Rim to South Rim backpacking trip. I told them where I had parked their vehicle and they told me where they had parked mine so we could swap vehicles.
The third time was another south to north R2R on 5/23/2008 with Scott Jarvis again but this time we were joined by Sally Ihmels, Mo Jadid and Rod Streets. We had much cooler temps than in '07 and we enjoyed rain and snow showers coming up the north side.
The fourth time was with a big group of 53 people (Ned Shamo chartered a bus from Boulder City). We went to the north rim on Thursday night the 19th and started hiking at 1:15 am on the 20th. I hiked with Steven Stembridge and when we got to within 2 miles of the south rim, I asked Steven if he wanted to do a side hike over to "The Battleship," a significant butte west of Indian Gardens. He declined, but offered to wait for me at the 1.5-mile resthouse. He even took my pack to the resthouse while I took a trekking pole, two nalgenes, and a walkie-talkie with me in "travel-light" mode. I ended up losing all of the above equipment when I set them down just past the saddle thinking I would easily find them on my way back.
My favorite hike in the canyon was with my Dad in the 1970's. We hiked up Spencer Canyon to Merriwhitica (sp?) Springs. The creek coming out of the canyon had good-sized fish in it and we ate some of the wild water cress growing along the creek bed.
Went with a group who many of which had done the Rim-Rim-Rim before and ended up getting to hike half the way with Gerry and Jennifer Roach! It took 17.5 hrs at a moderate pace with short breaks. I ran about 4-5 miles out of the 44 mile day. I have felt worse on mountains, but this is a different kind of pain. The final 4700' back to the South rim was killer. See my TR.
Left the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail. Perfect weather the whole way. Very crowded and icy at the top, but not too bad below Skeleton Point. Saw the Grand Canyon Maverick on our way down.
Hiked with my 10 year old down Grand View trail
Took the Tanner down to the Colorado, followed the Escalante Route over to Hance Rapids, then took the Tonto up to the Grandview and the Grandview out of the canyon. Took it slow... 5 days. Excellent hiking, narrow trails, excellent exposure, a slot canyon, 50ft vertical climb w/ 45lb pack, and compacted snow climbing w/ wicked exposure at the end. Gotta love it!
One of many trips that I've done down the Canyon - this was done via the Red Canyon/Grandview Loop with camps at Hance Rapids and Horseshoe Mesa. A foot of snow on the rim slowed us down and made the New Hance Trail trickier to follow than usual. Great weather, though. I know I'll keep coming back again and again.