I have both backpacked and day hiked to Phantom Ranch on seperate occassions. My backpack trip, while I was in college during spring break. Very cold on the rim with a couple feet of snow. 80 degrees at Phantom ranch.
Started hiking 2:30 afternoon and planed to go only to the Bright Angel. Kept walking up to Plateau Point. Gorgeous views. Finished in the dark. Temperature 110°F, newer drink so much water in one day.
Went R2R (N to S) on day 1, then cycled 80+ miles to base of humphries on day 2 then climbed humphries on day 3. Meg (my wife) and a bunch of other family/friends came along. Great adventure.
South Rim to Bright Angel Campground via South Kaibab (down) and then Bright Angel (up). The trip of a lifetime. Next up- North Rim!
backpacked 45 miles in 3 days... SRim to NRim to SRim... down S Kaibab trail, up & down N Kaibab trail, and then up Bright Angel trail... camped at Cottonwood and Bright Angel campgrounds... 14 miles on first day, 21 miles on second day, and 10 miles on third day. Perfect weather. Awesome trip.
I've done some pretty good hikes; but this is one of my all time favorites!!!
Nice day hike...Steep, and a bit rocky, but certainly cuts down on the traffic of Bright Angel!
South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch then up Bright Angel back to the S Rim. Rained the second day. Saw 2 Elk, 1 Rattlesnake, and many deer.
Camped out two nights at Cottonwood. 1. Bright Angel to Cottonwood 2. Cottonwood CG to North rim and back 3. Cottonwood to S. Rim Via S. Kaibab
I've made 5 trips to the bottom over the years. They were all a lot of fun, but my favorite trip was with my Dad.
Bright Angel Trail Christmas 2007:
Great trip with the crew. See the trip album.
First time at GCNP- will return to hike Bright Angel Trail!
nearly rim to rim headed down the south kaibab trail and back up the bright angel trail. We stayed 3 nights and 'almost' made it to the north rim but our cocktail of travelers were not motivated. Great trip!
Did the Lava Falls trail with some friends. That sign at the begining of the trail means what it says. Take lots of water! We ran out on the way back. I have also done the South Kiabab a few years ago.
Made a number of hiking trips, mostly Bright Angel to Phantom Ranch area(campground) Indian Gardens, Plateau Point, etc. Also got to get a tour of air quality monitoring the park does, most impressive. The day I was there was a clear day they have about 3 percent of the time. Have also made the hike into Supai.
Rim to rim as part of Everett Ruess Trail. Hiked into a closed north rim in April of 2001--had the campground on Bright Angel Point all to myself--not a single other camper there. Hiked into the canyon via North Kaibab trail and up to the South Rim via the South Kaibab.
Many other times while living in Flagstaff.
The Grand Canyon itself is amazing, but I can't stand all the people at the beginning who are visiting and think because they've read the warning signs they can lecture you on if you're prepared enough... and I was. I was having trouble realizing how big the canyon really was when I started, then once I finished and looked down I could really take it all in.
Wonderful place down there. I'll do it again.
South to North and return next day with Alan and Luba
Ditto route 10/13 and 14 2007 with Mike B et al