Headed down North Kaibab early in the morning and went up Bright Angel. It wasn't the easiest thing with my thru-hiking gear to do in one day but what a beautiful day it was. Highly recommended!
It's hard to claim that something is life-changing, but this is a hike you will never forget. Our group had a rather late start (7:15) and we lollygagged along all morning, stopping at Ribbon Falls. We reached the Colorado at 3 PM, refilled our bladders, and headed for the South Rim. One of our hikers was moving at a slower than expected pace, so we adjusted. It turned into a great sunset hike up Garden Canyon and at dusk I refilled another bladder by the Indian Garden campgrounds. I pulled out my flashlight and visor clip light: we hiked to the base of Jacob's Ladder before we turned them on. As we climbed, we noticed the moon shining on the canyon walls to the west. It rose above the east walls about 8:00 and the scene was stunning. We actually walked the last long switchback with the lights off and reached the parking lot at 10:45. All the fears that you might have had about fatigue,dehydration, injury, blisters...they force you to be prepared. You sure feel a sense of accomplishment because you did it!
First time 11Hrs planning on trying a R2R2R
Solo Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike, my first real Grand Canyon hike, quite an experience! Total time: 19 hours. Started late, spent 3 hours on the North Rim trying to get some sleep.
R2R, South Rim-to-North Rim (05/19/2001): nice hike! Great views.
R2R2R (05/01/2011): Day-hiked South Rim to North Rim and back to South Rim with a friend via South and North Kaibab trails. 49 miles total (started from the Village, adding ~6 miles to the hike). 20 hours car-to-car. Nice weather, gorgeous views, good workout.
R2R (06/18/2011): Traversed from South to North Rim. Nice hike.
R2R2R (04/13/2013): Day-hike/run from South Rim to North Rim and back via South and North Kaibab trails. Total time: 15h45m
R2R2R (10/26/2013): Solo trail run from South Rim to North Rim and back via South and North Kaibab Trails. Total time: 13h30m
Added 6 miles of hiking between the Village and the trailhead.
Cold on the rims and not too hot at the river.
Major crowds and a kind of tense atmosphere going down on the first day. This was the first day the N Rim was open and hordes of testosterone saturated ultra marathoners were making the first R2R of the year. Strange and overly intense folk! One even asked me "did you get a late start?". The nerve of the fellow!
Once they were out of the way, however, the Canyon was as lovely and welcoming as ever.
14 Hours S->N and under 12 N->S
did it twice in 07/08 in 22/20 hours, respectively. best time to do RRR is October IMO. need to go back and cut another two hours off.
Went North Rim to South Rim coming out Bright Angel. This was my first visit to the Canyon and was awe struck with the scenery. I'll definitely be back - but for a hike of a few days so I can enjoy the place more.
12h15 South-to-North-to-South via South Bright Angel. Felt okay until Indian Gardens on the way back.
19 hours - 1st and last time :)
I hear it can be hot but it wasn't for us.
My introduction to hiking...quite a start!
One more thing of the bucket list. I'll be back though. The GC is a great place to go in between ice and rock.
Very warm day the first time in 2007. Repeated it a year and five days later (5/23/08) and it was much cooler - it was snowing atop the north rim.
5/20/11 - North to South with a side trip to Battleship Butte along the way - perfect weather.
We did this route (across and back) in one day as a post-Thanksgiving trail run. I think that with the miles out to the North Rim overlook, it was somewhere in the ~48 miles round-trip. By the time we got back down to the Colorado, it was dark and the (just past) full moon had risen and was reflecting off of the river. Beautiful. It inspired us enough for the climb back up Bright Angel. We finished at about midnight and immediately collapsed into slumber!
R2R Twice in 2 days. I had great time
This has to be one of the best hikes in the lower 48 and a must do for any outdoor enthusiast. We did it will full packs in two days and the last few miles to the South rim were just HELL!! It was hot and steep, but well worth all of the effort.
First time, it was 114F in the lower canyon. 2nd time (Oct 2007), I got terrible food poisoning after the S2N crossing.