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Bright Angel Trail

Address: Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Phone Number: (928) 638-7888
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number of rest stops that have drinking water.

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GTA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We didn'tmake it very far, but we could have spent hours! Remember - you hike down hill first! Make sure you pack water, and you're wearing good shoes :) Enjoy!

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Buffalo, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

7 miles down; 7 miles back up, but gaining about a mile in elevation. Not advised for good reason, but went down and back up in about 10 hours, and I'm in moderate shape. Wanted to experience the Grand Canyon, and see the Colorado River, but didn't want to plan to far ahead and coordinate camping down at the bottom.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We actually ventured on the Bright Angel Trail two years ago, not last year in May. It was a pretty hot day, we carried plenty of water and did only the first part of the trail up to the water stop and back. The views were unbelievable, but I must admit that I struggled a lot: I am afraid of... More 

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San Diego CA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We hiked the Kaibib trail the day prior and while the Bright Angel trail is nice and a little less steep, the views were much the same as you went down (at least as far as we went--stop 2). I'm certainly not complaining, it is the Grand Canyon after all, but felt like if you only had time for one,... More 

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colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I plan to hike down Bright Angel trail ( 9 ) miles to join a rafting trip. I'm 65, in good shape and wonder if I can do this downhill one way hike. Can you all give me feedback.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It was icy when we went - would agree as they say "Crampons Recommended" - also get ya a stick! Husband, son, daughter and I went around 10am - the ladies turned around after about 45 minutes - spent more time looking at our feet for the icy patches then the view. The fellas went on and said 5 minutes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

great experience pack yourself some sandwiches and drinks and get ready for a nice horse back or a very long walk to the canyon floor. i would do this again but maybe in the summer time i would like to see the change in scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

A really great and relatively easy hike. Depending on the weather, bring appropriate gear. Walking sticks are nice year round. In the winter, call the rangers and check if there ice.... bring crampons!

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I had two days at the canyon, one of which I devoted to hiking around the rim and the second I wanted to go into the canyon. After doing this hike, I can safely say that being in the canyon is equally as spectacular (if not more so) than being above it. After talking with various locals, I decided the... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

They mean it when they label this trail (down to the 1.7 mile) as "Moderate." I am in pretty good shape and I felt that was a good characterization given the climb back up. It would be easier if you take your time (I was in a bit of a rush to get back). Also, if you have any issue... More 

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