I like to hike. If you had asked me before I tried this trail, I would have thought it was for wimps afraid to “take on” the canyon. My experience however taught me the error of my ways. First, I will suggest that this is an excellent way to see the glory of the Grand Canyon on essentially level ground with easy (often paved) trails. There are still plenty of places along the way to feel the thrill of the 3000 foot drop offs, so caution is appropriate. We chose the Hermit’s Rest Trail, for more look-outs and the longer option in our one day sample of this masterpiece. The well-equipped, and well timed free shuttles make it available for any and all visitors. These stop at 9 lookouts along the route. While the lookouts are all breath-taking, we found most of our better photo ops on the rim trail between stops. Try at least one to see what I mean. Don't ignore the windswept tree trunks and trail scenery itself. There are a couple segments that are only 0.3 and 0.5 miles of EASY trail between lookouts, no hiking boots needed. There are also benches and picnic tables at many of the lookouts and on the trails themselves for the most picturesque lunch stops I have enjoyed. By the way, if you didn’t plan ahead, the sandwiches at the General Store (deli) are good and fair price. Remember to bring your own water bottle, and get refills at places along the way. Also remember you are at 7000 ft, so you may notice a little more breathing effort. Our late May visit saved us from the huge crowds that gather once Memorial Day hits (according to the shuttle drivers), and I highly recommend this timing for village parking, pleasant temperatures and elbow room if you can arrange it.
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