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May permits open for application January 1. Your itinerary -3 days/2 nights is very reasonable. I would suggest a strong first day and getting to Bright Angel Campground for the first night. Then Indian Gardens for the 2nd night. These are established campgrounds with water and waste facilities. No drycamping involved.Trailmix wrote:Before we leave Arizona, my wife and I have vowed to do a NRim to Srim GC hike. From what I have read and considering our time constraints, we will opt for a May hike. I have planned to do this hike over 3 days/ 2 nights.
My idea is to do a N. Kaibab to Bright Angel hike...camping in two spots along the way...the question is where? We are accustomed to backpacking / dry camping.
Suggestions...advice would be great. Thanks.
You will be lucky to get a room at the Nrim lodge especially on that weekend as well as can be in the 110 to 115 degree temps in the bottom. We go twice a year and always reserve our place on the north rim a year in advance. The one we made for Oct was the day we could and got the second to the last cabin. We have been doing it for 10 years now. (My husband does the rim to rim and back to rim twice a year) There was even a year in May where it was going to be 120 in the bottom of the canyon on his return trip and so he opted out not to do it). Then there was a year were the delay of the north rim opening was 5 days due to the snow fall on the north plateau. It was taller than the entry station that year. Just some stuff I have seen in the past 10 years.Trailmix wrote:OK...wow...Well a GC trip over the New Year assured us NtoS route camping in Cottonwood and BA CG over Memorial Day weekend. Reserved shuttle. Making reservations for a Nrim room at the lodge tomorrow.
Now...if you had to plan some "practice" hikes...what would you recommend?
Doubtful, but you only need permits if you are camping below the Rim. If you are doing a Rim2Rim in a day, you just need Reservations on the other Rim. And if you are doing a R2R2R you don't need any permits. I guess I don't understand your question. What is this about a R2R fixation? Are you talking about the MULE PISS R2R? Allyn Cureton did a Mule Piss R2R2R in about 7.8 hours Most mortals do it in 20 hours. Why are you interested in a Mule Piss R2R? It is one of the least interesting hikes in the Canyon. I know, I did it and I wonder why! A real R2R is down South Bass and up North Bass. Or down Nankoweap and up Tanner like the old horse thiefs did it. You would definitely need permits for these. And if you don't know the BCO folks, you aren't likely to get them.kgmolson wrote:do you guys think I would still be able to get permits for a May rim to rim hike?
If the above post is you off of your meds, then throw the meds away! That is the best thing anyone has ever said on this site!Al_HikesAZ wrote:OK Al, get off your soap box and back on your meds. Some folks like to "challenge themselves" with a Mule Piss R2R..... And I guess if it keeps people off the good trails I should be happy eh?