“Family atmosphere, extraordinary dinners/breakfast, super friendly owner - you'll love it!!”
To make it easy I just put here the summary and review of a whole hike which include the review to this topic.We did a 2-day Rim to Rim hike starting from North Rim via the North Kaibab Trail down to Phantom Ranch and on the next day via the Bright Angel Trail back to the South Rim. It started on Day 1 with the Transcanyon Shuttle, which departed at 1:30pm at the South Rim from Bright Angel Lodge. They drive in a convoy of several smaller busses of up to 10ish people. Fee was 85$ which is ok for the 4h30min ride. They stopped two times for a break. I would highly recommend this service. Staff is very organized and friendly. We arrived around 6pm at the North Rim Campground. We got our camping spot and camped there for the night. The general store has everything what you need. Don't forget the earplugs. The next morning we enjoyed a coffee at the store and took of for the hike at 8am. The North Kaibab Trail in short us awesome and really beautiful. From the Cottonwood Campground further to the Phantom ranch was partially exposed to the sun which is a little rough around noon time. Overall we loved the trail and it is one if our favorites now. We arrived at the Phantom Ranch and had a permit for the Campground. This csmpground is extremly beautiful directly next to the river where we took a bath. We also had a reservation for a SteakDinner and Breakfast at the Phantom Ranch. 40$ seems to be a little high but the food was very good. The family kind restaurant served huge steaks, medium cooked with salat, baked potatoe and sour cream, peas, corn, corn bread. It was perfect after the long hike. A beer for 4$ was one more Pro on my list :) .. We had the early bird breakfast at 5, pancakes with sirup, coffee, tea, peaches, bacon and eggs ... perfect starter. We loved this place and would loved to stay here longer, however, this mornig we started our 2nd and final hike to the South Rim via Bright Angel trail. This trail is also awesome though it goes almost always uphill, first miles only little but the final miles of this 10mi hike is kind of challenging. There are enough drink water stations, which was one reason why we didn't choose the South Kaibab Trail. We also did additional 3mi hike to the plateau, which should be done to see the Colorado river and the beautiful mountains around. This starts near to the Indian Campground. Overall again a very scenic hike though tough and demanding imo.
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