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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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Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Spectacular and difficult and it is a long way to the bottom and even longer to return. Many rest stops are needed and if you are ancient ( As The Author Is ) You will only go a1/4 mile and then return. Make sure that...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 3 days ago

I’m 50 and not a regular hiker, but my husband and I really wanted to do this hike. We started at 6:30. It took us 3 1/2 hours to get down and 5 1/4 to get back up. (We rested for 1/2 hr at the...More

1  Thank Sharlesher
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whether you are hiking up after a night at Phantom Ranch of coming down from the parking area at the top a great location for a rest period or lunch is Indian Garden. Also be sure to stop and view in awe at the unexpected...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We intended to hike to the 1.5 mile rest station but only made it 1 plus miles when we decided that was enough of a life experience. We started early in the morning. While we were on the trail the mules carrying people and packs...More

Thank dianelarson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited GC at the beginning of September 2018. Although we go hiking regularly, we first visited the visitor center before doing our first hike in GC. After the visit, we decided to first do South Kaibab and the next day Bright Angel. For Bright...More

Thank Klaus M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hiking this trail is really the best way to appreciate the canyon but it is a serious walk and must be treated as such. We started at 08.30 which was not early enough to get down the track, and back, before the sun warmed up....More

1  Thank OnHols2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's impossible to describe how beautiful and scenic this is. It goes away from the main tourist area. So especially if you do this first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon, there are many fewer people than in the area immediate next...More

Thank Joe N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked this trail from Phantom Ranch to the South Rim and it was incredible the entire way!! The trail was very well kept and easy to follow. I was impressed at how clean the trail and each of the three stopping points along the...More

1  Thank frankandkelly2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must do if you are at NP for a overnight. Evenings and early morning are best time for the views. Highly recommended for everyone who can walk a bit. Please note that trial is well maintained and easy to walk. No unevenness and not...More

Thank Navin K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most popular trail at the trail not because it has the best views, but because it is the easiest. Starts at the rim and ends at Bright Angel Campground. Views at Lower Tunnel (1.5 hours) and Plateau Point (12 hours) are worth the hike....More

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TomeGirl
August 13, 2018|
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Response from comocove | Reviewed this property |
I hope the crowds are kinder to you this time. We were there at the begining of June, and had no trouble at all with dining. The Harvey house was easy, and tasty. Very reasonable priced. If you were on your way up the... More
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NancyK0315
July 2, 2018|
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Going to be brutally honest here; trying not to be rude. Based on the questions you are asking you should absolutely not attempt this hike. 1) You have selected the two most popular trails in GCNP. There are always people... More
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Saptaparni G
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Robert J | Reviewed this property |
Since I see you are from Massachusetts, I'm guessing you are not acclimated to hot desert climates. Therefore, the earlier the better. That said, most hikers climbing up from the river are hitting the 1.5 mile teahouse... More
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