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Old Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
BiFrost
Hiking15.27 Miles 5,970 AEG
Hiking15.27 Miles   11 Hrs   14 Mns   1.53 mph
5,970 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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We have wanted to do Old Bright Angel Trail for awhile now and this weekend worked well. Stayed in one of the cabins at North Rim Lodge so we had easy access to North Kaibab Trailhead and started relatively early just before 6am. From several posted triplogs it sounded like the best way to approach the loop was going down Old Bright Angel Trail instead of up. So with this approach we started on Ken Patrick Trail from the North Kaibab parking lot. The KP trail was flat and nice hike through the forest with lots of aspen. Good warm up for the main hike of the day. Reached the KP and Old Bright Angel junction at about 3.7 miles and we took a break with great views at the junction.

After the break it was time to tackle Old Bright Angel Trail. The OBA was of course steep but aside from some brushy spots at the top we were able to follow it fairly easily. We just had to watch for a few tricky switchbacks which could be hard to see in the brush. Eventually the trail drops down a ridge, then downhill traverse, some more switchbacks, and finally into drainage which was the top of the red wall. Trail was cairned in the drainage and were able to find it exiting near a pour off. From the red wall pour off the trail dropped another level to nice drainage with decent flow of water. Took another break here and enjoyed the riparian area.

From there we made the final drop to Bright Angel Creek. Initially we were able to follow the trail but eventually lost it near the creek. There were some tedious steep side slopes and boulder fields that slowed us down. After wasting about 45 minutes finally decided to climb up the slope and sure enough we found the trail. I backtracked a ways to find where we had lost the trail and was able to find the area. So the goal would be to stay high until the only Bright Angel Creek crossing which was well marked by cairns. From the crossing the trail was relatively easy to follow and it never crosses until the bridge at the Pumphouse on North Kaibab Trail. Overall Old Bright Angel Trail was fairly easy to follow except for the one spot which if I was paying attention might have stayed on trail. Found a good lunch spot near Bright Angel and Roaring Springs confluence. Cooled off in some small pools as it was starting to warm up especially being lower in the canyon.

From the lunch spot it was less than a mile to the Pumphouse where we saw first people of the day. With the heat on we hydrated for a good 30 minutes before heading North Kaibab to the rim. Aside from the hikers at Pumphouse we didn’t see many other hikers until the footbridge below Supai Tunnel. Then the unusual crowd as we finished off the final few miles. Reached the top by 515….great hike and really enjoyed the solitude of OBA Trail!
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