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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2010
Jim_H
Hiking20.20 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking20.20 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.42 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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My only regret is not having done this sooner. I started at 915 and was annoyed with the tourist crowd. They were thick, but I also understood that pushing past them meant they would disappear, so I went fast and they thinned out by mile 2 or so. By the second rest house it's all "hard core" types. Past Indian Gardens it is almost empty when compared with the upper sections of trail. I made Phantom Ranch 4 hours into my hike at 1315 and enjoyed my lunch before relaxing in the cool waters of Bright Angel Creek. Who knew this was a swimming hike? That is one of the best things about it, the water!

At 1530 I left Bright Angel and hiked east to look at the Anasazi Ruins and then took the eastern bridge over the Colorado. Through the tunnel and on to the River Trail, then back up the Bright Angel. It was hot, but not too terrible when coming up to Indian Gardens, and the Inner Gorge was very hot. However, frequent drinking and shade made it much easier than it would be at midday. A short break at Indian Gardens and then the final push out of the Canyon. I was on the Rim surrounded by tourists and all the bizarre things that a National Park has, like Buses and Lodges, by 1951. I won't lie by omission, the last mile was hard. I was tired and after nearly 20 miles my legs were sore. I think I needed some food, as after diner I felt much better. Yup, it was a good hike. I think I'll do it again next week.

I added an additional mile and some elevation for the River Trail segment.
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