Get the "Feel" of the Grand Canyon with
a Day Hike
your Grand Canyon Hike
There is no better way to "feel"
the real Grand Canyon than by taking a hike into its interior. Even
a short hike into the Grand Canyon can give you a lifetime of memories.
If you or any member of your group is an inexperienced hiker, taking
a day hike is safer than an overnight trip. You may also enjoy a
relaxing day hike more than you would a strenuous foray into the
more difficult areas.
However, even a day hike should be undertaken
with care and planning (see PRECAUTIONS
below). Know where you are going and do not attempt excessive distances.
Remember, if you descend into the canyon, you must climb out again.
The descent will be tiring enough, but the climb out will be even
more so. Plus, when you begin your climb out, you will already be
tired from the body-pounding descent.
Permits are required for overnight trips, but they are not required
for non-commercial day hikes. So, if you cnnot obtain an overnight
permint, consider a rewarding day hike.
When to Hike
Due to the extremely hight temperatures of summer and the cold and sometimes
icy trails in the winter, the safest times to hike are in the spring and
fall. In addition to safety, you will enjoy your Grand Canyon hiking experience
a lot more if you are not fighting the elements.
Selecting a Trail
No trail within the Grand Canyon is easy. Do not
attempt a trail or a distance that is beyond your capabilities. When planning
your day, remember that in addition to the distance, you will have considerable
elevation loss and gain. This will add to the difficulty of your hike.
Also remember that Grand Canyon hikes start at 7,000
to 8,000 feet in elevation. If you live at near sea level, the thinner
air at altitude will add to your fatigue. DO NOT proceed into the canyon
without reading and understanding the PRECAUTIONS
Review these carefully before selecting your route:
- TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!
You should not try to hike from the rim to
the river and back in one day. Most people find that this round
trip is a tough trip to do in two days.
The extreme temperatures of summer can be life-threatening.
Access to certain trails may be restricted in the summer when temperatures
within the canyon are most extreme. Call (928) 638-7888 for information
on trail restrictions and closures.
Trails within the Canyon are remote, making
search and rescue operations difficult and expensive. If
you have to be rescued, it will be at your expense. A
helicopter rescue will cost you $2,000 or more.
Preparing for Your Grand Canyon Hike
See the Trails Before You Ever Lace Up Your Boots
with 63 Minutes of Trail Footage
Review: January 9, 2007, Amazon.com
If You're Going to Hike - Get this
Video! This is an excellent introduction to the trails of the
Grand Canyon. Not only do they describe the trails, distances, and difficulty
level, but also valuable information on how to hike the trails without
hurting yourself. In order to prepare, they provide you with brief guidelines
as to your cardio ability, supplies you will need, and what to expect
during your hike (including water/rest breaks). They also give some
information as to locations for water and lodging. We found
this information invaluable in planning our trip!