your Grand Canyon Hike
to MOGERATE This is the choice if you want an easy hike.
Rim trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, with offer panoramic
views of the inner canyon. Portions of the trail are paved. The
Rim Trail runs from the village area to Hermits Rest. You can start
from any viewpoint in the village or along Hermit Road. The shuttle
busses will let you start and stop at any point.
Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel trail begins just west of Bright Angel Lodge. You
can take day hikes from just a few hundred yards (to get the flavor
of the trail) up to a round trip of 12 miles. The trail offers some
shade and water is available at times. We recommend, however, that
you take your own water, just in case.
South Kaibab Trail
The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road.
The shuttle bus can take you to the trailhead. Round trip hiking distance
is 12 miles, but it is a relatively short hike to the best canyon views.
Water available at trailhead, but there is no water on the trail. There
is also little shade along the way. Be prepared for some steep hiking.
ONLY The Hermit starts a short distance west of Hermits Rest. This
trail offers round trip hikes of moderate distance to several possible
destinations, including Santa Maria Springs, 4.5 miles, and Dripping Spring,
6.5 miles. This trail should not be attempted by the more casual hiker.
It is more rugged than either Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails. It
is recommended for experienced desert hikers only, and hiking boots are
recommended. Carry your water on this trail. Do not drink water from the
springs without treating.
ONLY The Grandview trail starts at the retaining wall at Grandview
Point (12 miles east of the village on Desert View Drive). This trail
also offers some round trip destination hikes of moderate distances (2
miles to Coconino saddle and back, 6.4 miles to Horseshoe Mesa and back).
This trail is more difficult than the Bright Angel trail or South Kaibab
trail. It is recommended for experienced desert hikers only, and hiking
boots are recommended.
- 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!