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Oct 05 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Plateau PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,289 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   54 Mns   1.60 mph
3,289 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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My daughter has been begging for about six months to do a Grand Canyon hike. Fall Break seemed like a good time to get that checked off her list. We started just after 0500, parked more than a third of a mile away from the trailhead. About 35 degrees, light breeze, lots of stars.

Used a headlamp for at least 45 minutes or so. Steady stream of hikers on our way down. As the morning brightened, my daughter was getting more and more excited by the views. Easy hike down for her, and we shed some layers about 3 miles in.

At Indian Garden, we headed out to Plateau Point, where we took our first real break of the day and had a quick snack. After that, we headed back to IG, where I spread a blanket out in some grass by the creek, and we took a long break for my daughter to rest before we headed back up.

Pretty toasty as we left IG, and not a cloud in the sky all day, but occasional shade and breeze helped. It cooled off as we climbed, and the shade increased. I let my daughter lead, and we kept a slow steady pace, with occasional short breaks, and made decent time out. I was thinking we’d finish by 1800, and it turned out we were back at the car by 1500.

My daughter was tired but happy, and declared this her favorite hike yet. She’s already asking when we can go again. Fun hike with her, and she did a great job. My track bounced around some in the switchbacks, so I shaved a mile off the recorded total, as 15 miles seemed way too high.
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ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Rim to Rim via Old Bright Angel, AZ 
Rim to Rim via Old Bright Angel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking29.59 Miles 6,560 AEG
Hiking29.59 Miles   11 Hrs   16 Mns   2.75 mph
6,560 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
5:45 a.m.--North Kaibab Trailhead parking area was as full as I've ever seen it. No parking spots and several cars parked along the side of the road. Luckily, we were just getting dropped off. Several groups starting in at the same time re-confirmed my decision to take an alternate route down the canyon, via the Old Bright Angel Trail. I tried to convince a few others in my group to join me, but either: (a) they didn't feel they were physically up to adding an additional 4-5 miles, plus dealing with the bushwhacking and route-finding on a primitive trail, or (b) those who were fit enough to add the additional mileage were a little obsessed with improving their R2R times. So, as the masses flooded down NK, I hung a left onto the Ken Patrick trail and locked into nearly 5 hours of complete solitude in the Canyon ....

It was still dark, and less than a half mile into my jaunt along the rim, I was greeted with some large animal crunching branches 30-40 yards in the distance. My headlamp illuminated a pair of eyes and my adrenaline began to kick in. I immediately began clapping my hands and whistling, after which the animal bolted off. I'm guessing it was an elk, but who knows .... For the next half mile or so, I took up whistling and clapping as a side hobby. :lol:

As the light of dawn arrived, the forested rim was covered in a cloudy fog. I scared off a couple of deer, but otherwise saw no other animals on the 4-mile traverse to the Old BA trailhead. The cloudy fog added a little spice to the otherwise somewhat blase rim hike through forest and recovering burn areas. Just before reaching OBA, it actually sprinkled a bit and I wondered whether the canyon was going to be socked in with clouds, obscuring any expansive views.

I arrived at the well-marked OBA traihead in good time, as I was hoping--despite my extra miles and primitive trail--to catch up to some in my group before they all reached the south rim. I had read all of the OBA triplogs and some other "beta" on the route, and had a gps route loaded in RS with various notes on what seemed to be the tricky spots.

My homework served me well in the top portion of the trail, and I managed to stay relatively well on track down to the crossing of the tributary creek that drains into Bright Angel Creek. The only real casualty up to that point were my legs, which took a "scrubbing" from all of the scrub oak that has overgrown the trail, as well as whatever that plant is that has leaves that look like holly but with sharp, poky, points! I knew I should have worn long pants, but ignored my own advice b/c I didn't want to have long pants for the other 20 miles when I wouldn't need them. Next time: zip-offs :D

Anyway, when I hit the tributary creek, I went in search of the waterfall mentioned in various triplogs. However, I somehow got the idea that the waterfall was UPstream from the crossing, so I immediately headed in that direction. After 15 minutes of hard bushwhacking and managing to get both my feet wet, and no waterfall to show for it, I threw in the towel headed back to the crossing point. It's not clear where to go from that point, but I climbed pretty straight up the other side of the ravine and eventually located what passed as the trail. Shortly thereafter, I looked back to see the referenced waterfall, which is actually DOWNstream from the crossing. Oh well ...

After rounding the next outcropping, I was very conscious of the warnings not to descend to Bright Angel Creek too early. That said, going down towards the creek seemed like the only viable option, as the side of the canyon was otherwise choked with manzanita and other, somewhat impassable barriers. That said, I dutifully resisted, going up, over, and sometimes through bushes, in search of anything remotely resembling a trail that stayed above the creek.

Eventually, I worked my way over to the crossover of a small, side drainage (for reference, on my gps track, this spot is right on top of the "e" in "Bright Angel Canyon" on the CalTopo layer). There was actually a cairn in the middle of the crossover, but no indication of where to go from there, and the opposite side of the drainage was pretty sheer, with no sign of any trail. Nevertheless, in the absence of any apparently better options, I climbed up. The next 0.3 mile was a total crapshoot of scrambling up and down, hand over fist, sliding down sketchy chutes, and doing everything possible in search of a route, while still trying to make forward progress. : rambo : It was a time-consuming workout, and I still don't have much better intel to pass on, as to where the trail is/was. I can say that I did't descend to the creek too early, but perhaps erred on the side of trying to stay too high. My general advice for this section is just to pack some extra time, and a lot of patience.

Eventually, I located some snippets of a trail that seemed to descend in relative proximity to where I had the correct creek crossing marked on my gps track. Approaching the creek, there was a fairly well worn, narrow path through the reeds that led to a crossing point. I could see where at least a few others had scrambled up the opposite side, but the crossing would be a wet one, and my marked crossing point was still slightly farther downstream. So, I backtracked a bit and then bushwhacked downstream to the crossing point on my track. I was able to make a leap across at this point without getting wet, but there was no sign of the trail on the opposite side. One of my beta sources referred to a steep climb, so I just climbed up the steep slope, and within about 20 yards up located the faint remains of the trail (which I now believe came up from the point where "reed" crossing was). In any event, I had no navigational issues on OBA from this point forward.

In a short while, I approached the junction with Roaring Spring Canyon, and enjoyed the fresh viewpoint of RS, the NK trail, and the Pumphouse/Manzanita rest area from the opposing side of the canyon. But the real gem was the views of Bright Angel Creek, including some very cool cascades draining into a "toilet bowl" swimming hole just past the junction of the two side canyons.

It wasn't long until I popped out onto the NK trail at the bridge just below the Pumphouse. By that point, I was a little shy of 5 hours into the hike. While I was glad to have battled the OBA, it was refreshing to finally be back on the smooth, maintained NK corridor trail. By that time, the crowds of hikers had passed through and/or broken up.

Anxious to make up time, I hot-footed it down to Phantom Ranch. Along the way, I passed by the Ribbon Falls bridge, which has been "closed" for a couple of years, but is now a twisted mess and completely unuseable. Only access to Ribbon Falls is through the creek from the south side of the "hill."

Unfortunately, my tromping in the side creek on OBA and resulting wet feet turned into a real problem. Along with my shoe choice, which was mostly leather and didn't breathe well, my feet could stay neither dry nor cool. And despite changing socks, and making a couple of attempts to duct tape/moleskin/bandage things up, I ultimately just accepted that it was going to be a bit of a blister-fest and just determined to plow forward.

From the River to the top on Bright Angel Trail, my time was just over 3 hours, averaging around 20 min/mile. I felt pretty good from a cardio/muscle/energy standpoint--just tried to ignore my feet. Worked pretty well, as I passed everyone I saw coming up, and caught up with several in my group just before or at Indian Gardens.

After a refreshing shower at Mather Campground (PSA: they increased the price from $2 to $2.50), I assessed the damage--a couple of prize-winning blisters, but actually not as bad as it could have been. I was grateful to slip on a pair of soft clean socks, along with my highly-prized Ofoos sliders ("victory shoes"), and enjoyed sharing tales of the Canyon with my friends as we made our late night trip back to the Valley.

Another memorable R2R in the books. :y:
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Sep 23 2019
richvosko
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 Routes 25
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33 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2019
richvosko
Hiking12.50 Miles 4,885 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles
4,885 ft AEG
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Aug 26 2019
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright AngelNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2019
SpiderLegs
Hiking14.30 Miles 3,829 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   3.18 mph
3,829 ft AEG
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Had this in the works for a few weeks. My wife had an early morning flight for work out of Phoenix, so I was up at 2:30 AM at our lodging. Made plans to visit my son's new dorm room at NAU the same day, but he had class until 3 PM. That left me with almost 12 hours to fill in, so decided to do a quick trip to the Grand Canyon. The drive up I-17 went without a hitch and made great time to the South Rim. An unexpected bonus was being greeted by a sign saying that the park had free admission, so was able to save $35.

I've been closely monitoring the weather and was 50/50 on hiking this with the weather we've been having this week. But got to the park and while it was going to be a toasty day, still only a few degrees over my comfort zone. Between little traffic coming up and fast service from the GC taxi, it put me 45 minutes ahead of schedule. For that I'm thankful because if I started when I had planned to, it would have been a different experience.

I knew the story of the day would be the heat, so used the hike as a training hike and kept a brisk pace to try and be out of the canyon by noon. Got down to Tip Off and had put myself another 10 minutes ahead of schedule. From there hit the Tonto trail for the first time, loved this trail and thankfully about 20% of it was in the shade while I was on it. Kept making good time and only had two spots where the trail crossed a drainage that slowed me down about 30 seconds while I figured out where to pick it up again Gained another 10 minutes, which put me 20 minutes total ahead of where I wanted to be.

Then got to Indian Gardens and joined the teeming masses at the water fountain to soak my hat and a bandana along with cooling off my face & neck. Double checked my water situation and made steady time up the climb on Bright Angel. Felt a bit off, but just put my head down and cranked up the hill. On the way up I finally saw one of the pink rattlesnakes the canyon is known for. Rather large and well fed. Finished before lunch time and hit the road to spend the afternoon with my son who just started his freshman year at NAU.
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Aug 23 2019
MAP
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 Joined Oct 21 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge - AZT #38Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2019
MAP
Hiking20.50 Miles 6,688 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles2 Days   13 Hrs   48 Mns   
6,688 ft AEG
 
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Day 1: First in line for the hikers' express shuttle at the Bright Angel Lodge by 3:45 am! One other person ended up showing at that stop. :lol: Different experience from the past (maybe because it's August). On SK trail by 4:40 am. Sunrise, around an hour later, was indescribable. Got to Phantom Ranch around 9 am and took a quick snack break. First time up North Kaibab and we were immediately blown away with the extreme beauty when we entered "the box". It was warm but actually a pretty perfect temperature at that time. We took another break at one of the creek crossings to filter cold creek water and cool down. Met the 2nd park ranger of the day who was giving hikers heat-hiking advice. Those rangers must deal with a lot. :-k We continued on and hit the Ribbon Falls creek trail sign around 11:30 am. It was getting pretty darn hot at that point and Ribbon Falls was the PERFECT oasis to cool down at. The hike to the falls took us about a half-hour. The distance is super short but there are many trails and some are more reasonable than others to follow. Ribbon Falls is out of this world beautiful! We had the place completely to ourselves for two hours while we played in the little cave and relaxed behind the falls. With our water bladders filled and our body temps cooled, we decided to head out and break at each of the (approximately) mile and a half spaced campgrounds ahead. There were a couple other waterfalls we stopped at to make use of the cold water and one with a great freezing cold pool close to the Manzanita Ranger Station. Waived hello to Roaring Springs falls around 5 pm and kept plugging away up the ever increasing grade. From here the side canyon we were heading up, paralleling the rock outcropping the north rim lodge sits on, kept getting prettier and prettier. As the sun went down the colors reflected in the canyon seemed to continuously change. The final few miles of N Kaibab are RELENTLESS! :sweat: Holy moly! Darkness was lovely and I had little bat friends flitting around to keep me company as the vegetation turned to forest forest. I made it to the top around 8:30 pm thinking my two friends were close behind. It was freeeeezing at the top and I immediately put on every piece of clothing I had. My friends arrived about a half hour later and one was feeling pretty bad & ended up throwing up. Unfortunately she had stopped consuming electrolytes once the sun went behind the canyon walls and didn't think about how much she was still sweating. I convinced her to eat some of my saltstick chewables and we made it to the lodge. :y:

Day 2: Woke up in our adorable little cabin feeling surprisingly good! We spent the day leisurely walking around the north rim and of course hitting up the lodge for food food and more food. Loved all the delicious vegan options offered for all three meals at the lodge! :DANCE: Our one friend who experienced heat exhaustion the previous evening ended up securing a spot on the shuttle for the return trip the next day instead of hiking back with us. We were grateful she had that option at the last minute and happy she was feeling better.

Day 3: We got to the N Kaibab TH at 4 am and started our decent. It was cool but more pleasant than the evening of our arrival. We got to the bridge around 5:30 am and light was starting to really expose the canyon colors. Stopped briefly to appreciate the colors in the caves area but no breaks this time around. I'm not going to lie...my calves were tight and my knees were screaming pretty loudly during the entire decent. Up is definitely my preference! We entered "the box" around 10 am (an hour later than our way in) and felt the heavy humid air sucking the energy out of me fo sho. Got to Phantom Ranch around 11:30 am and bought some cups of ice to add to our bladders and took our first break. Stayed for about a half hour and headed out with the intention of stopping at each resthouse area to cool down. Next stop was the beautiful little beach near the Colorado River Resthouse. We met a large family who hiked down just for the day to cook out & hang. They had multiple grills, leftover onions, potatoes, etc. They had packed it in and they were packing it all out (as we all should but unfortunately people don't always). Impressive! Now for the final stretch. We stopped at Indian Gardens around 3 pm and filtered cold water for the last time and cooled down. Heading up Bright Angel...I will never get over that view with the light streaming in and illuminating the angel. No words. The Bright Angel switchbacks feel like cake compared to the North Kaibab switchbacks. Still, our bodies were pretty exhausted at this point and we were moving pretty slowly. It's fun encountering tourists who have only hiked down a mile and a half and don't seem to understand they are blocking the entire trail for exhausted hikers who can't deal with navigating them right now. :lol: My friend made it to the top just before me and was treated to the sight of two mountain goats standing on a rock with a ray of light shinning on them! I saw the picture but missed the goats. Still, I was extremely happy for her to have had such a special treat!
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Aug 11 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2019
LJW
Hiking22.53 Miles 5,600 AEG
Hiking22.53 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   3.07 mph
5,600 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Left Phoenix at 11:30pm on Saturday in order to beat the sun by a few hours and avoid the heat down low in the canyon but also to see some stars. Parked close to the Bright Angel Trailhead at 3:20am and headed in the direction of The South Rim/South Kaibab TH. Used a headlamp in the dark and took roads and some stretches of the Rim Trail. The canyon was completely black, and because the moon was off to the horizon and obscured by clouds, the stars lived up to the hype. The band of the Milky Way was visible, as were shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower about every ten or twenty seconds. Turns out the climax was to be the nights of the 12th and 13th.

It was a 5.5 mile walk to the S Kaibab Trailhead. Headlamps bobbed in the darkness below, splashing light on the canyon walls. Headed down as pre-dawn light lit the trail. Got stuck behind some mules bringing supplies for Phantom Ranch, but they let me pass at the first opening. The air was cool until just passed the Tip Off as the trail dropped down toward the black bridge. Only a few groups of people on Kaibab that early, mostly going down, but one coming up who had gotten an early start on Bright Angel.

Passed a mule train on the black bridge, but from there to Bright Angel I didn't see anyone. It's a strange feeling being on the bottom of The Grand Canyon, especially with no one in sight. From the river to Indian Gardens there were several groups of backpackers coming up and people making a mid-day trip down to the river and back. I was surprised how many people do this. Overall, not too many people until the last two and a half miles. From there I fought against the current of tourists who were mostly all apparently very much in a hurry.

Temperatures were a little warm on the ascent of Bright Angel, but with water at all the stops it's a non-factor with an early start. That said, I planned on bringing all the water I would need and brought 5.5 liters. Drank it all plus a little at the camp by the river.

If I were to do this one again I would do it as a shuttle and try to include a trip to Phantom Ranch/Plateau Point. I think either/both would be very doable without the extra mileage of crossing on foot along the rim.
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May 25 2019
desertchild
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32 female
 Joined Jul 17 2015
 Phoenix
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
desertchild
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   19 Hrs      2.34 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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finally got to knock of R2R2R this past weekend!

i had fun the whole damn day, and surprisingly, the group stayed close together for the majority of the hike.

started down the trail at 4:20am. south kaibab to phantom was quick and uneventful. the box and then the last few miles to cottonwood were hot but still enjoyable.

things dragged a bit after the supai tunnel - that last 1.5M to the top seemed never ending. once we topped out on the north rim, and i inhaled some bacon and a donut, all was well! there was a bit of snow on the ground from the previous storm. we stayed up on the north rim a bit longer than i would have liked because we had a few people in our group trying to figure out if they were going to turn around or take a shuttle back to the south rim. we started heading back down around 1:20ish.

heading back down the north rim to cottonwood and through the box went by FAST and was rather pleasant. i was a bit nervous about hiking up bright angel during the dark, but once again, it went by quick! once i hit the two mile switch back i picked up my pace and managed to be one of the first to top out on bright angel. we finished just shy of 19hrs.

salt chews, bacon, and almond m&ms got me through the 44M, the company was wonderful, and i felt strong the entire day!
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May 25 2019
sbkelley
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35 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
sbkelley
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   19 Hrs   7 Mns   2.33 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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After we got back through the Box on the return hike, almost everyone else in our crew at some point asked me (incredulously) why I was doing this again. It was a fair question. Nobody's legs could be classified as feeling 'great' - or even 'good' - anymore. Dave and Shawn, visiting from Colorado, had shattered their daily hiking mileage records before we had even gotten back to Cottonwood, and we were nowhere near a point where anyone would consider us close to being done. But here I was again, nearly four years later, doing an R2R2R. It was tough (again), but it felt great to disconnect from work and a hectic semester and just hike. It was just what the doctor ordered. SK-NK-BA again.

Definitely a different experience when you have a group of 8 (and 7 that do the whole thing - one hopped on a shuttle back to the South Rim once we got to the North Kaibab TH), and everyone stays pretty close together. Last time it was just me and Eric, and we moved quickly and efficiently. We moved quickly again, but the 'efficiently' is much harder to accomplish at rest stops with a larger group that's laughing and talking and enjoying the day. As you should. The time at these rest stops does add up over the course of a day, though we only really had one where the break was probably a bit long (North Rim). No complaints, though, this was a fun group, I had nowhere to be and nothing on my calendar (for once!), and I wasn't at work. Most of all, though, it was so great to see the Canyon again, and even better to see it with good friends. We got ridiculously lucky (again) with the weather: highs in the mid 80s at Phantom Ranch on Memorial Day weekend should not be expected, but it sure made things nicer for someone now living in a place where it now snows in the winter.

Just like last time, the body felt great climbing up N. Kaibab and Bright Angel, and less than great between Phantom and Cottonwood both ways. Go figure. Sam was a ball of positive energy all day, Chris kept an easy-going attitude and steady pace, Taylor was a machine all day, JD and Bill couldn't stop talking about how pretty the canyon was, Dave had a blast checking off a lifelong bucket list item, and Shawn even smiled. It happens sometimes.

The next day, I heard at least four of them say that we should do it again. Remember that when you're going back through the Box on the way home, guys. Two is enough for me...that is, unless Lilah wants to go someday.
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May 18 2019
survivordude
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Grand Canyon Corridor LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
survivordude
Hiking19.44 Miles 4,973 AEG
Hiking19.44 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   2.42 mph
4,973 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
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May 18 2019
Grimey
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51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 18 2019
Grimey
Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack44.50 Miles   17 Hrs      2.62 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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Not sure if this should be posted as 2 trips or just 1?

Overnight trip South Kaibab :next: North Kaibab on Saturday, North Kaibab :next: Bright Angel on Sunday. 8.5 hours each way, although I did move a bit more leisurely on Saturday.

Great weather on Saturday, clear and perfect temps. Sunday was a little different, not bad per se, but not as nice as Saturday. Overcast and cool until the river, really nice actually and at least I wasn't roasting in the Box. At around Phantom Ranch, the wind started whipping, blowing a lot of sand into my face. Light sprinkles until Indian Garden when a steady drizzle started coming down. For these reasons, I just powered on to the top instead of taking a nice lunch break along the way. The rim was socked in from around 3 mile rest house, so no views to speak of at that point. And it was coooold up top, 39 degrees and raining.

Of course the trails were packed on Saturday, the 5 AM hiker express bus was standing room only with R2R runners. First weekend where the North Rim is open, it's to be expected. Trail runners... I don't get it. I know, hike your own hike, but why are they mostly all so rude? Whatever.

Overall a great, albeit quick, weekend.

Water is running everywhere. S. Kaibab is dry of course but no issues from there, and of course most of the taps are on.
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May 16 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
GC: North Rim 2 South Rim, AZ 
GC: North Rim 2 South Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking23.90 Miles 5,089 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles
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This was the second day of a 2 day rim-cubed hike. I had previously done this hike, but I had taken a shuttle to the North Rim and did the hike as a one-way R2R hike.

We started at 3:50 in order to get past Phantom Ranch before the heat of the day. It was a bit warm on the stretch from Phantom Ranch to Indian Garden, but it wasn't unbearable.

I stopped a couple of times on the hike and took my shoes off and put my feet in Bright Angel Creek -- it made for a most refreshing break!
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Apr 28 2019
nathanbrisk
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33 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking17.71 Miles 5,252 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   12 Hrs   46 Mns   1.94 mph
5,252 ft AEG   3 Hrs   38 Mns Break
 
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Did a Rim to River to Rim from the south (South Kaibab to Bright Angel) . . . Started up at 9:11am and finished up at 9:50pm. Weather conditions in the canyon were pretty good. A bit warm . . .

Lots of wildflowers
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Apr 27 2019
Harry
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79 male
 Joined Jan 21 2004
 Chandler, AZ
South Kaibab and Bright Angel Loop, AZ 
South Kaibab and Bright Angel Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 27 2019
Harry
Backpack18.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Backpack18.00 Miles2 Days         
5,000 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Nancy and I hiked down South Kaibab Saturday, stayed at Phantom Ranch that night, and hiked out on Bright Angel Sunday. Although we, especially Nancy about 12x, backpacked Havasupai many times, this was only Nancy's 3rd trip into the Canyon. We previously backpacked Hermit to Tonto to Indian Gardens to South Rim for 3 days about 30 years ago and hiked down Bright Angel to Boat Beach with son Max in 2005 for a 7-night rafting trip with AZRA. I've backpacked in the Grand Canyon NP many times with friends over the years. This trip log is significant as kind of a first for Nancy and a birthday hurrah for me. Nancy got a one-night Phantom Ranch reservation 3 weeks ago. She wanted to stay Phantom Ranch for years and I wanted a 79th birthday (5/22) present with Nancy.

Trip log: Drove up Friday and stayed at Maswick with dinner in El Tovar dining room. Early morning taxi to South Kaibab trailhead and hike down on Saturday. Stayed in dorms and steak dinner at Phantom Ranch Saturday (& Sunday breakfast). Hiked out Sunday on Bright Angel and enjoyed deviled eggs w/bacon & a drink in Bright Angel Lodge Bar that afternoon. Stayed at Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan Sunday night and had a superb Mexican dinner at Plaza Bonita. Drove home Monday. No injuries. Sore legs. Did Havasupai shuffle Sunday and Monday!

NOTES:
Maswick Lodge is excellent. Everything works. Vast parking and can leave the car there while hiking. Short walk to/from Bright Angel Trailhead and other lodges and restaurants on the South Rim.

El Tovar Dining is traditional. Our 5th or so dinner there. Miss the Ringtails on the beams. I say do it. But as with most classic NP restaurants, ain't what it used to be. Did have venison though!
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South Kaibab Trail was hard. Wowza views but far too dangerous to look while walking. Nancy had knee therapy last summer including stem cells so used 2 poles and was very cautious. She could have drunk more water. I hike 2-3x per week in South Mountains with one pole and did same here. Glad we did it. Will not do it again. BTW, there are no poor views at the GC, just different ones.

Phantom Ranch was fine. I understand fewer than 1% of Grand Canyon visitors venture below the rim (Thank the Lord!) Must be a really tiny portion of the 1% who get to the River let alone sleep at Phantom Ranch. We thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of all the visitors and staff. What a superb bunch and vibrancy! And “Oh WoW!” there were half a dozen AZ Trail Riders carrying their bikes across the corridor trails on the AZ Trail! And I thought hiking was hard! Even met a small family from Nancy’s dad’s hometown and same high school in Ohio!

Phantom Ranch Meals were huge and good and great fellowship.

Phantom Ranch Dorms were amazing! First time I stayed in a dorm. Very comfortable (bunk) beds and bedding, a real toilet, hot water shower and wash basin, all inside each air-conditioned dorm. Knocked my socks off!

Ranger Programs – We didn’t attend any but I must say they have always been interesting to me and well worthwhile. We were just too beat and enjoying talking with other hikers about their experiences and origins Etc.

Bright Angel Trail is attractive because of Garden Creek and the upper canyon drainages. Gotta love the riparian areas’ contrast to dessert and ridgeline areas and trails (like South Kaibab). Surprised to learn there’s no water above Indian Garden. Fortunately, we had enough to get out safely. Nancy was much faster and better hydrated on the way out. I was the slow one going uphill.

Bright Angel Lodge Bar has always been my destination coming out on Bright Angel. Think about beer or pop, onion rings, and other hiker groups! No onion rings any more and only one other couple that we met on the trail. Still …… Tradition!

Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan was ridiculous. We will never stay there again. Bed had been slept in and covered up. Tub/shower is the 2nd most dangerous I have seen in all the hotels and motels I have stayed in over 5 decades. None-existent manager. Staff untrained in customer service. $280 for the room. All the signs of a captive market. Baaa.

Plaza Bonita Mexican restaurant in Tusayan was terrific! Take some time with the menu and talk to the server. This plain looking place that we almost skipped turned out to be the real thing. Excellent choices of some fine Mexican dishes (plus all the tourist food), a full bar, and attentive and swift service. We’ll be back!

Hope this lengthy review helps some make better choices.

BTW our weather was near perfect. Rain top-to-bottom was forecast for the day after we left! See photo set.
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We took the South Kaibab trail to the Bright Angel campground, and we turned back north to Indian Garden then up to the Bright Angel trailhead.

Beautiful conditions in the Grand Canyon this last weekend. About 32deg at the trailhead and 65 at the canyon floor. South Kaibab is completely clear of snow/ice, but there is some slush/snow/ice for about a mile from the Bright Angel trailhead.

18.3 miles . . . not sure what I did wrong with the posting.
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This is the second tine that Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I have done this great hike.

We started on the South Rim at the South Kaibab TH; went down the South Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River; crossed over the river on the Black Bridge; then took the River Trail over to the North Kaibab Trail and went a short distance to Phantom Ranch where we stopped for a snack break; then we went back across the river on the Silver Bridge and took the Bright Angel Trail back up to the South Rim.

This turned out to be a perfect day for a hike: sunny, not too breezy, and a bit cool. There were a few people on the South Kaibab Trail, but not too many. There was hardly anyone down at Phantom Ranch. There were a number of hikers on the Bright Angel Trail, especially as we got closer to the top. Most hikers were either going down and back up from the Bright Angel TH, or had spent the night at Phantom Ranch and were coming back up to the Rim.
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Tracie and I were meeting some friends to do a South Rim-River-South Rim hike, and since neither one of us had ever hiked the Tonto Trail, we decided to go up a day early and take in the Tonto Trail. We started at the South Kaibab TH and went down the South Kaibab Trail to just before the Tip Off. From there we went west on the Tonto Trail and hit the Bright Angel Trail about 1/4 mile below Indian Garden. Then we took the Bright Angel Trail back up to the South Rim.

We had some good weather on the hike: it was a bit cloudy and breezy, but there was no precipitation. There was a little bit of snow on the upper part of the Bright Angel Trail, but not enough to make me want to put on microspikes.

This was a great little hike -- I particularly enjoyed this section of the Tonto Trail. The trail was good to hike on, the scenery was awesome, and we only saw 2 other people on the trail.
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Fun 5-day winter loop in GCNP. Heckuva hike out in the snowstorm on Jan 6.

The plan
Hermit to Monument
Monument to Indian Garden
Indian Garden to Bright Angel Camp
Bright Angel up and out

Day 1
Arrived at GCNP amid the shutdown. Never got a code and drove around the Hermit Road gate (more on this later). Nice clear day but plenty of snow on the ground. Strapped on microspikes and headed down. Really helped we weren't making fresh tracks -- had a couple brave souls somewhere ahead of us. Basically, we could count on snow in the shade and dirt in the sun for the next few days. Worried for a minute about water at Monument Creek since it was cold and our first time there. But when we arrived it was flowing no problem. Had Monument Camp all to ourselves. Met a couple young guys from out-of-state day hiking from Salt Creek to Granite Rapids. They were the only people we saw our first two days.

Day 2
Headed out from Monument on the Tonto toward Indian Garden. Beautiful trail and probably my favorite day hiking of the trip. Epic views of the river. Can't beat all the snow on the canyon layers either. When we got to Indian Garden it was fairly busy. Some people hadn't followed instructions and the nearest water in camp was frozen over. But the other two spigots were working fine.

Day 3
Woke up at 4am and headed out to Plateau Point for the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. It was amazing. :o We probably saw at least 20-30 meteors in the course of an hour. The sky was so clear and it was a new moon. Of course it was cold and windy out there so we lasted as long as we could. My buddy kicking over the hot water for coffee mid boil didn't help :app: I went back to bed for a few hours and our other friend, who had hiked in at 5am during the shower, met us at camp. We then hiked down to Bright Angel Camp and had dinner at Phantom Ranch. Great day.

Day 4
Our day off. Got up for early breakfast at the canteen. Spent the rest of the day relaxing, hanging out at Boat Beach, stretching, writing postcards and playing card games. We knew the weather was going to turn that evening and the next day (rain/snow) but decided we'd still rather have a day off at the bottom of the canyon. I don't regret it.

Day 5
Up and out. It rained all night and the rain turned to snow in the morning, which I would guess is pretty rare for down at the river. The precipitation turned to a freezing rain and then into a beautiful snowstorm. It snowed all day as we trudged uphill. Got some great photos but boy it was tiring. Was very glad to have full rain gear (pants/jacket) and spikes. I made it in 6 hours and my buddies got up a couple hours later.

Here's the fun part: my car was out at Hermit's Rest and the road was not going to be plowed until at least the following day. ](*,) Our original plan was for my friend who hiked in late to drive me out there, but that wasn't going to happen. Luckily, Bright Angel Lodge had rooms available, so my friends braved the snowstorm home to Phoenix and I got to stay overnight.

Day 6
The extra day. I woke up wondering how I was going to get my car. The front desk of the lodge was SUPER helpful. First they called the Taxi company but because the road was technically "closed" they were no help. So they called the park service and somehow there was a Ranger available to take me out there. :y: The road had been plowed and she wanted to check it out anyway, so she gave me a lift. We picked up a couple backpackers hiking the road along the way. They were heading out on what sounded like a crazy, epic trip down Hermit and west on the Tonto, over to Royal Arch, where they were going to hike out on South Bass and walk the road back to the park. She quizzed them on their gear, re-wrote their permit (originally for ski camping on north rim) and we sent them on their way. I drove home.

Thanks for reading. Hope it's helpful for anyone trying to hike the canyon in a snowstorm during a gov't shutdown!
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This was my first trip to the north rim, and my first Rim2Rim hike. We hiked down the North Kaibab Trail and then came back up the Bright Angel Trail.

A few months ago I made a reservation at the North Rim Lodge for Oct. 15, the last day that the Lodge is open until May. I figured that I would do the hike at the last day that the Lodge is open because I thought that by doing the hike as late in Oct as I could that it would lessen the chance of having to deal with hot weather down by the river. As it turned out, hot weather was no concern on this day: When we stated the hike at the North Kaibab Trail, it was about 30 degrees with light snow. It snowed for the first hour or two, and was coming down fairly hard -- fortunately there was no accumulation on the trail. At Phantom Ranch it was cloudy and about 50 degrees, but it was not raining. From Indian Garden up to the south rim there was drizzle/light rain, and the trail was pretty muddy with some standing water in lots of places. When we got back up to the South Rim, there was a light rain mixed with some snow.

In spite of the weather it was a fun hike, and the weather made for some interesting views.

A combination of the high canyon walls, snow, and low cloud cover caused my GPS to lose the satellite, so I was not able to record an accurate track.

One of my hiking partners had a car there, so on the day before the hike we made it to some of the north rim vistas and checked out the awesome scenery.
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