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The North Kaibab trail can be pretty overrun, just like the rest of the park. Go in the shoulder seasons and hike during the week, though, and it's not so bad. If you're not the type who spends 80% of your time on unused or non-existent trails, then it won't feel as bad to you as it might to those folks who avoid people like we all had the black plague. That being said - it's not hard to find solitude at the canyon if you just step a little ways of the very well beaten path...Kwai Chang wrote:Joe - when you say in your Hike Post that the last mile of NK was "disgusting as hell" would you care to elaborate? I am beginning to get frustrated here having never been below the rim and now I feel like I am descending into the subways bowels of NYC!!!
See - this is just what I am trying to avoid or at the very least minimize - suggestions for a first timer please for the North Side??
Most Grand Canyon hikes are not on trails, they are on highways!writelots wrote: If you're not the type who spends 80% of your time on unused or non-existent trails, then it won't feel as bad to you as it might to those folks who avoid people like we all had the black plague.
I know but my subsequent post was in response to AZHIKER about the disneyland aspect.....thanks for your info - and thanks to all who have posted so far - I am getting a nice mental image of what to expect.....Dschur wrote:See - this is just what I am trying to avoid or at the very least minimize - suggestions for a first timer please for the North Side??
My whole post was about the North Rim information!
Cool - how long did the hike take you and how long did it go from chilly to warm when you left the North Rim? Thanks!!!switchflare wrote:I did rim to rim 6 years ago on your same planned weekend, May 14. I started at North rim and hiked to South rim. This is generally the first weekend the north rim is open to vehicles and I planned my hike with this in mind. As such, it is not as crowded on the north rim yet. South rim is always crowded. Nights are very chilly on the north rim in mid-May. I did my actual hike in shorts and t-shirt with a full 100 oz Camelbak. I refilled along the way. We also stopped by Ribbon Falls. It does get very hot and sunny down in the canyon, especially when you are in the lower half of the canyon. Very easy to suffer from heatstroke if you are not prepared. In any case, looks like fun!
Hey, look everyone, HE'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!Kwai Chang wrote:Wow - reading back on these posts crack me up at how naive I was!! Even tho things didn't go as planned it was still the time of my life. Looking forward to getting back and playing on those "off" trails to avoid the mule poo and pee! UGH!
Hope everyone is OK - sorry I dropped off the edge of the earth - you guys made the impossible possible and it was fun!!!