Many routes and many canyons. All of my trips have been away from any trails since 1989. To experience "The real Grand Canyon" you must hike days away from any trails.
I've done this route three times now. The Canyon is always beautiful. I've done the round trip in anywhere from 6 hours to two days, depending on my partner. If you hike or back pack, it's a must.
This is a great trip. I have done it several times and will do it again. The falls are spectacular and portions of the trail are breath taking.
Wonderful six day trip on a little used section of backcountry. Reached Hermit Rapids and Salt Rapids. Saw 2 scorpions on the second last day.
Great trip for the troop - Brian , Kevin , Danny , Ansel ,Shea , Shane , Shea N. Adults - Gregg N , Bruce, Greg A. Snow on Sunday but great weather overall.
One of my favorite hikes of all time. The north rim is the best kept secret of the Grand Canyon. A lot cooler, not as many tourons, and.....just nice. See our trip report with photos here.
Nice day hike. I motored down the south side trail pretty quickly, stopped briefly at the bottom, then the North Rim trail up. I think it is about 21 miles total. My first trip to the Canyon. Would love to spend some time exploring down there. My time was just over 6.5 hours. Looks like some great whitewater down there.
Great Hike. We hiked down on Sunday. Spent the rest of the day and all of Monday checking out the falls. We hiked back on Tuesday and back to Orange County
Adults, Gregg and Mike scouts Shea, Kyle, Brian, Kevin, Thomas, Scott and Danny. We will be back in 2004
My husband, J, and I have been down in the Grand Canyon on several occassions and via several different trails. The only date I'm sure of is this one, our last visit into the Grand Canyon. It's an enchanted and addicting place. I'm not done with it yet.
Each time I visit the Grand Canyon, I swear I'll never go back. I've been down to the Colorado River on 6 or 7 different occasions. I've taken the trade routes as well as done some more remote, multi-day loops. My most recent jaunt was an impromptu 44 mile South-Rim-to-North-Rim-to-South-Rim day hike/run in November, 2002.
Nice loop, easy grade, lots o'traffic, lots o'donkey-dung, Great views. I prefered Hermit-Boucher Loop over the South Kaibab-Bright Angel Loop. The Cheops Pyramid and Oneil Butte are next.
Yep, doing this trail in the summer is stupid. Yep, it was hot. The north rim trail had lots of surprises. More water and wildlife than I expected to see. Some parts almost felt like a jungle. We drank watered down gatorade, highly recommended to replace salts, fluids, and energy.
Lesson: Drinking lots of beer at Phantom Ranch and hiking 11 miles out the next day do not mix.
Hiked down to the Colorado River twice. Once via the Hermit trail with Josh (no mule dung!) - 18.6 mile dayhike. The second via Havasu Canyon - 42 miles over 3 days. The Havasu Canyon hike is my favorite hike of all time. It's just gorgeous. There is one small section of rope-assisted 3rd class (class 4 w/o the rope). Here are some photos: Hermit Trail, Havasu Canyon.
South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop. Mid March 2001. Second time in GC for us. Great backpack as well but much more crowded than the Hermit/Boucher loop in November year before. Great weather during the 3 days. Phantom Ranch area is a nice place to chill by the Colorado (on a sandy beach). Saw a bighorn sheep on The River Trail (name??) portion of the loop. Snapped many a picture of tourists on mule-back clad in "Mule Rider" (bright yellow, huge letters) rain parkas.
Want to come back to do a rim to rim backpack and would love to see more of the Tonto trail.
Hermit/Boucher Loop. Early Nov. 2000: My wife and I backpacked this little loop over 3 (easy pace) days. A classic backpacking trip!!! Beautiful scenery. Rain and hail on day 1, perfect weather for rest of time.
Great Hike!!! 25 or so miles with plenty of vert. One might consider bringing a rope for lowering packs if they descend Boucher. Hikers shold be comfortable with a long airy traverse. Fantastic views the whole way. Lots of privacy on the Boucher Rapids.
1990 April-Down Kiabab up Bright Angel 3 days, Age 13
1990 September- Down Hermits, across Tonto, up Bright Angel 4 Days, Age 13
1991 March-Down South Kiabab, up North Kiabab, Down North Kiabab up South Kiabab-3 days, Age 14
1992 January 2-Grandview Trail-1 day, age 15
1992-March-Down Grand View, looped around Horshoe Mesa on the Tonto Trail, up Grandview-3 days, Age 15
1993 January-portion of New Hance Trail-1 day, age 16
2000 December-Down South Kiabab, portion of Clear Creek Trail, up Bright Angel, age 23, 3 days
I have done 5 backpacing trips and 2 day trips in the Canyon. The first time was when I was 13 in the 6th grade. We hiked down the South Kiabab trail and up the Bright angel, a total of 3 days. My second trip I was still 13. We hiked down the Hermits trail, across the Tonto trrail and up the Bright Angel trail, took 4 days and a total of 32 miles. My 3rd trip I was 15. The first day we hiked down the South Kiabab and up the North Kiabab to Cottonwood Camp. The next day we hiked in the snow up the north kiabab trail, not making it to the rim. The next day hiked to Bright Angel camp and the next day hiked out along the South Kiabab. My Fourth trip we took 3 days, I was about 16. We hiked to Horseshoe Mesa and around the Mesa along the Tonto Trail. My fifth trip was December of 2000. We hiked down the South Kiabab and spent 2 nights there. The second day was a day trip along the Clear Creak trail and back to camp. The next day we hiked out along the Bright Angle trail. My 2 day trips were along the New Hanse trail in January (in a foot of snow) and the Grandview trail to Horshshoe mesa in Januany (in a foot of snow).
This was my very first backpack trip when I was 14. Went with a friend, his brother, and his dad. Left early in A.M. going down to try to avoid heat. Once we reached the Colorado River it was very hot so we decided to cool our feet in the river, very, very cold. Spent a couple of nights camping and playing just down the creek from Phantom Ranch. Started up the Bright Angel Trail at dusk and walked at night, under a full moon, to Indian Garden. Layed our bags an the ground for a few hours of sleep and headed up the rest of the way in the morning. Awesome memory
I hiked together with 2 companions from South Rim down to Phantom Ranch, where we spent 1 night in our tent. The next day I was thinking about taking the North Kaibab Route up to North Rim alone, because my companions did not have time for it. But because I was not sure, how secure it was to hike alone as woman, I followed my both companions the same way back to South Rim on Bright Angel Trail.
Pay attention to curious and hungry animals down in the valley. I left my backpack only for 10 minutes alone on the floor, and they even opened the zipper of my backpack while looking for food .....
We had not made any reservation in advance (neither for the campingground nor for the trail), but got a campingplace and a permission for the trail because some reservations expired.