Down the North Kaibab and up the Bright Angel. We picked this day since it was the first weekend when the shuttle service started, and it was a bad choice. Temperature at the bottom was 102, and it felt even hotter. Ended up being a very long day (15 hours), that included some must needed stops to cool down and regroup. Returned to the South Rim in April of 2016 to go down the South Kaibab and up the Bright Angel. MUCH more enjoyable day, even with the thunderstorm at the last rest stop before the top.
I picked the wrong shoes to wear. You DO NOT need hiking boots, sneakers are plenty.
I packed way too much. Just a couple of snacks and a sandwich would have been plenty.
I want to go back to enjoy it again with better footwear and less weight on my back.
Down North Kaibab, up Bright Angel. Solo hike. Competed in 7 hours & 45 minutes nonstop hiking (no running). It felt great. The most annoying thing were the foreign tourists at South Rim who never give the right of way to hikers coming up.
That means I don't have to do it again, right? (Kidding. Mostly.) October day hike down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. Trails are a little too busy for my liking, but that was expected. Gorgeous day, gorgeous strata! Remind me to eat more if I ever do this again.
It's hot in the inner canyon! That's all I am gonna say about that! I lied, it's not; I have to admit that was the hardest part for me, I am not a fan of being hot. The scenery was top notch! The company was splendid, and after a long day the final push out feels slow. For me it wasn't as bad as I imagined, I felt great the whole way, just a bit slow the final 1.5 miles out. Went from N. Kaibab and out Bright Angel. On the way out we saw a man carrying a mountain bike on his back out of the canyon, now that is hardcore! He wins.
down Bright Angel, up north rim, down north rim, up south Kaibab. TOTALLY AWESOME!
R2R as a dayhike in fall 2010 and 2011.
Went with a friend this year and didn't bring all the camping gear. We left the South Rim down the South Kaibab at 4am and made it across to the North Rim in 8 hours, then got caught in a storm for a bit on the way back and trudged back up the South Kaibab in 10 hours, making for quite a long day. Beautiful hike and full moon as a bonus!
Did the Rim to Rim to Rim hike over 3 days. The last was a brutal uphill in 100+ degree weather. Definitely a life changing experience though.
Did the S. Kaibab down and Bright Angel up on Mar 23 as my final training for the Rim to Rim to Rim a week later. For the RRR we started down the S Kaibab at 4:00am, reached the north rim in 6 hr 40 min, was back at the top of the S Kaibab in 13h 18m 16s. My goal was 15 hours or less so I was very pleased. It was my first RRR and longest day hike ever by 10 miles. A long ways from the record time but not bad for 64 years old. God is good!
First time hiking R2R2R (or anything at the Grand Canyon). I started at 10:30 a.m. down South Kaibab, left Phantom Ranch at 1 p.m. Stashed my sleeping bag, thermarest and bivy at Cottonwood at 3:30 p.m. and headed to the North Rim. Arrived at North Rim in the dark at 7 p.m. and headed back to Cottonwood hoping to be able to just pick up my stuff and keep going. I felt great when I arrived at Cottonwood at 10 p.m. so I picked up my stuff and hiked to Phantom Ranch, arriving at 12:30 a.m. Then I started the long slog up the South Kaibab. It was quite a long hike up for me and I finally arrived at the top at 4:45 a.m! Total hike was 18:15. Next time, I'd definitely take less gear (probably 15 pounds less) and see if I could cut off an hour or two on the way back up. All in all, it was an epic hike and glad I finished!
N Kaibab to Bright Angel TH, in one tough day. Enjoyed it, but recommend spending a night or two in the canyon.
Ouch, ouch, ouch
Have done this hike twice now. Can't wait to go again.
Ran Rim to Rim the first time when I was eleven---took just under 5 hours from North Rim to South via Bright Angel. I've run it many times since with the Sojourners Running Club and also with friends. Running up Kaibab was interesting a few years ago---ouch. A lot of times, we go do Havasupai the next day. Incredible marathon training.
South to North and back in 19 hours. A very nice, cool day made the hike easily tolerable. My advice to others who plan to do this; the details count! research, plan, execute.
Great hike into the Canyon. Went north to south with a camp at Phantom Ranch. The temperature swings were pretty insane too. 35 degrees at 0545 at North Kaibab TH and 113 degrees at 1530 along the Colorado at Phantom Ranch (78 degrees!). Overall a great trip and enjoyable. In the future I would probably look to do it earlier in the spring or later in the fall.
It's the Grand Canyon what can you say. Had great weather, met good people and we're successful. Good steady pace with plenty of rest and in in 11 1/2 hours.
It was great to meet you and your girlfriend on the trail. You two are great hikers! Thank you for lending us your pocket knife too! The OC Hiking Club and Unique Hikers on http://www.meetup.com/ are doing Whitney this summer. I'm on the Whitney waitlist for the unique hikers trip with Barb. Krai is doing Whitney with the OC Hiking Club.