Took my wife and son to Phantom Ranch for Christmas dinner. What an awesome spread. We spent three nights at Bright Angle campground lounging around and playing with my 18 month old son Adam. It was his first over night 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
Bright Angel Trail Christmas 2007:
Great trip with the crew. See the trip album.
Hance Grandview Loop, November 23-26 2006: Great trip with my dad. See trip report below:
What an amazing run! Did a one-day R2R2R double-crossing with Peter Sanders (pksander), Todd Croke, and Yasuyo Kitano (Todd and Yasuyo did S Rim to Cottonwood and back for 32 miles). Went down the Bright Angel, up the N Kaibob to the N Rim, back down the N Kaibob to the river and out via S Kaibob. Totals: 17hrs 30min, 46 miles, 11,300' of elevation gain. Amazing... a must-do ultrarunning classic!!
Photos: R2R2R Photos
We hiked down the S. Kaibab Trail and had a spectacular Thanksgiving day...amazing place.
R2R2R with Chris Gerber, supported halfway by the presence of friends Todd and Yasuyo "Susie Big Juggs" Kitano. Descent South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail to the North Rim, and back up the South Rim via the North Kaibob Trail. Long, long day. Roughly 50 miles and 10,000 feet of vertical gain. Walking a little funny afterwards...
A 3 day wander including the Hermit trail - camping on the Colorado River was wonderful - all alone until the ascent. Warm and beautiful at the bottom - snowing at the rim.
Been down to the "Canyon" many, many times over the years. Hiked down via Bright Angel down to Phantom Ranch, have hiked the North Kaibab and meandered around on the Grandview route. Camped at the bottom when the air temp. was 5 degrees at the canyon rim. At least it was a balmy 24 degrees at the bottom!
Have also hiked pretty much all the scenic trails on the south rim. Nice area.
One day in and out. Camped on the south rim the night before, which was one of the coldest campouts I've experienced. Trip was postponed from the previous November due to weather. Hiked it with Alan and Dad (age 78).
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.