Hiking, Grand Canyon
If you don't hike at least a little ways into the Grand Canyon you will miss a lot of the Grand Canyon experience! Things sure seem diferent below the rim!
A couple of easy quick choices - The Bright Angel trail or the South Kaibab trail. See my Grand Canyon or home page for more information on these trails.
Some people will be a bit more daring. Hiking from one rim to the other. North to South or vice versa.
Equipment: If you are going to do a "rim to rim" adventure, you had better be prepared.
Lots of water, food, medical supplies, sun screen, etc. - At least the Phantom Ranch can provide an oasis of sorts half way in between.
One of only two maintained hiking routes into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, the Bright Angel Trail begins near the main visitor centre complex and follows the course of Garden Creek, reaching the Colorado after 8 miles and a descent of 4,000 feet. This is the most popular trail, and the 'easiest' by which to hike to the river, although most people turn back a long way before - one common target is the first of two rest stations after 1.5 miles (the other is after 4 miles), which makes for a round trip of 2 hours or so
If you want a special hike in the Grand Canyon, go in the winter. I was there around dec 16th and it was perfect. No crowds, very quit and nice sunny weather for pictures with the snow. There can be fog in the mornings until 11 am. But if you want to hike down this should be no problem (ask the rangers).
We had to return for a second day because the weather was bad.
Equipment: I advice to buy some simple crampons (Ask the rangers where to buy them, 8$) if the path is icy. Wear many shells because it is cold in the shadows and hot in the sun. Temperature was around -6°C (21F) at the highest point and 0°C (32F) lower. Bring some light if you want to return late.
Go to the rangers to ask for the weather forecast. The fog can last for a long time in the morning.