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“Best in the morning”
Review of Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Moderate hike so be prepared (good shoes, good socks, lots and lots of water- did I mention water?) Do not wear heels as we saw some doing! Best to do in the early morning as their is little shade. Our 10 and 13 yr olds loved it. Watch out for mule droppings though since this is one of the many trails they take. We didn't walk all the way to the bottom but were able to have a great experience. There is a spot at the Mile and Half House to fill up on water and use the rest room.

Thank Faith_Grubbs
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It was our first day at the Canyon. We hiked about 1.5 miles down the trail and then back out. It's a little steep but it's still pretty easy hiking. It allowed us to acclimate to the altitude and weather. There are lots of shady places to stop and rest. Also very friendly squirrels.

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This hike down is very popular and well used. It is listed on the literature the park hand out when you enter the park and is very rewarding. However, please remember it is harder to hike back up than it is to hike down.

Thank LoriS22
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We hiked Bright Angel from the river back up to the rim in the afternoon in July - definitely NOT the recommended time to do it! Even hiking in the heat of the day, the trail was quite busy. If not for the heat, and already having hiked many miles that day and day before, I think it would have been not too bad. We dipped our hats and bandannas in the streams every chance we got to help stay cool, and took many sit down breaks in the shade. Although there are water stations every 1.5mi or so, they recommend you always have a method to treat water since the water lines are prone to breakage - apparently that had happened only a few days before we were there. We wore running shoes rather than hiking shoes and did just fine as the trails are very well maintained. Treking poles would have been nice to assist tired legs.

We saw several people toward the end of the day trying to hike down to the first 1.5mile rest stop and back up with flip flops and no water - don't underestimate this 3 mile hike. Although you won't be as tired as we were (at the end of about 30 miles of hiking that weekend), a 3 mile hike is not the same as a 3 mile walk. Please take plenty of water in case you don't make it to the water stop and wear at least tennis shoes.

1  Thank Stefanie F
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We hiked out of Phantom Ranch starting at 9:45pm and took this trail in the dark with just headlamps. It is very well maintained and we had no issues or injuries. It is best to use hiking poles to help yourself over the stone steps used to hold in the trail on the way out once your legs become wobbly. Also - please, please consider taking water and food down the trail, even if only going to 1.5 mile house or 3 mile house. We saw so many people with nothing and they were really not prepared for the hike back out at altitude, in the sun.

1  Thank Sashamew133
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