First time, it was unseasonably hot; 114F at the ranch.
Second time (2007) was great, until I got a horrible case of food poisoning after eating tepid pizza at the N Rim.
Yes, it is very pretty and amazing, and that's how I felt the 1st time around. But the 2nd time, I also noticed the mule poop a lot, and the vast hordes of people doing the same thing.
Hiked rim to rim to rim on a beautiful autumn weekend; started from North Rim; spent night at South Rim via Bright Angel Trail; returned next day via South Kaibab to North Kaibab; total time approx 36 hours with one night's sleep. Have also hiked numerous times to river via Hermit Trail, North Kaibab, Bright Angel, South Kaibab, (Plateau Point). R to R to R ending at N Kaibab, May 29 to May 30, 2008.
R to R to R Oct. 24 to Oct.25, 2008. Tough hike this time. Came up North Kaibab Trail in the dark alone because the North side of the Grand Canyon is technically "closed".
January 2, 2009 Grandview Loop to Tonto Trail, 13 miles total.
May 23-24, 2009 R2R2R in 2 days.
August 1-2, 2009: R2R2R in 2 days.
Oct 17, 2009. R2R2R total time: 16 hours 36 minutes, down S Kaibab, up to the North Rim in 7 hours 24 minutes, with a return up Bright Angel from the North Rim in 9 hours 12 minutes. 45 miles total.
If I knew that the dessert could look that beautiful I would have done this trip years ago.
that hasn't already been said
What you have to pay attention to is Ringtail cats.
They love to go through your backpack at night. Also,
a friend of mine was wearing flip-flops at the bottom
of the canyon, and got stung on the bottom of his foot
by a scorpion. Had to be escorted back up the trail
by rangers. Summer can be a challenging time to go.
Breakfasted at the rim on last day of a trip and was talked into a same day rim to river and back trip via Bright Angel, prior to our midnight flight. We scampered down (those warning signs don't apply to us, we thought)and had a nice lunch at Pine Creek Beach on the river. The trudge back up was long, hard and heat strokey. We deserved every broiling inch of it.
I did the south to north hike during the first week of July. The scenery was awesome, but I spent most of my time cooling off in creeks. The rangers recommend this as a 4-day hike. I'd either crank it out in a day or pull a single overnight.
This is new ground for me. You're right! February is the
best time to go. I worked on the South Rim for 9-1/2 months.
I was part of the "Hikers In Training" team. We trained for 4 months while raising money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. It was a very rewarding experience. We hiked the Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs and back. (South rim)
My first trip to Grand Canyon, amazing! Descended S. Kaibab then West on Tonto trail then ascended Bright Angel.
Down S. Kaibob to Phantom up N. Kaibob and back up Bright Angel. Left at 3:00 A.M. and back at 1:00 A.M. Fellow psychos were Colin Carnahan, Craig Oliver, Ryan Carter and Eric Smith. Perfect weather and truly a once in a liftime experience.
I didn't hike the rim trails, but I spent 28 days rafting through the canyon. It was an unforgettable month and a trip of a lifetime. In 2005 I spent three days hiking above and below Havasupai Falls.
Spent 3 days exploring the canyon. February is a great time to go, no crowds. Can get a little chilly but the light sprinkling of snow on the rocks in the early morning is breathtaking.
Hiked down to the bottom stayed in bright angel campground and slept under the stars then hiked out the next day. Make sure you get and early start no later than 5am otherwise it get very hot!
Our third time below the rim, but our first R2R. Hiked down the North Kaibab, stayed at Phantom Ranch 2 nights, hiked out via the Bright Angel. First day was near 110 degrees F...record high for the day, but then a front moved through and brought the best temps we have ever experienced in the canyon! Perfect! My new favorite hike! Trip report and pics on our website
Natural Born Hikers-Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
A 51 mile Rim to Rim to Rim with Michael(smudge), Chris(miztflip), Eric(thebeave7), Charles(CharlesD), Kari, and Joy. Unbelievably hot (110-ish) day made conditions less than ideal.
Can't wait to get back this fall (Oct/Nov) for a shot at a sub-12 hour double crossing!
with thebeave and crew...a hot 51 miles. Can't wait to do it again in cooler temps.
Did the one day full 50 miles, starting at the Bright Angel TH, down S Kaibab, to N Kaibab, back up Bright Angel. Temps were atrocious, probably the hottest day of the year, and near record temps. Midday peaked at over 110 in the Box and around Phantom Ranch. The heat hit us all pretty hard, making the return trip slow, very very slow. Hiked with Chris, CharlesD, Chris F(Mitzflip), Michael(Smudge), and Kari. Definitely would not do that again under those temps.
South Rim to Phantom Ranch. We stayed at the Bright Angel Campground. Great four day trip. You have to love a hike that you can get a cold beer at the end of the trail