If you enjoy a short hike (one to two miles) and great views, here are a couple of great options the Grand Canyon has to offer.
I highly recomend the Kaibab Trail just east of the main Village. Take a shuttle bus to the trailhead. Don't forget to bring a lot of water, a hat and possibly some snacks. The Kaibab Trail isn't as demanding as some of the other trails the Canyon has to offer but don't under estimate any trail. The South Kaibab Trail doesn't have any water or shade. Try to hike it earlier in the morning or later in the day.
If you can make it around the bend about one to one and half miles down you will be able to see some great views of the Grand Canyon. I wouldn't suggest going past Cedar Ridge unless you are prepared with enough supplies.
The other more visited and congested option is the Bright Angel Trail just west of the main Village area. Last year I was only a half mile down when I noticed 6 or 7 female big horn sheep approaching up onto the trail. It was neat to see their littles ones crossing the trail and going up the steep embankment without any effort. We watched them for about 10 to 15 minutes. The part I liked was when the two mothers started to square off and bunted heads repeatedly.
The problem with the Bright Angel Trail is it is very crowded and your views of the Grand Canyon are somewhat limited versus the South Kaibab Trail.
Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
Whether you have one hour to hike or all day, to enjoy what beauty the Grand Canyon has to offer you need to get into the Canyon with a short hike. You will never regret it.
This photo gives you an idea of how difficult some of the trails can be. The easiest trail to follow is the RIM TRAIL. It's perfect for visitors who would like an easy walk. You can pick it up at Grand Canyon Village or Herman Road.
BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL is considered steep and begins west of Bright Angel Lodge. It is noted that the upper portion of this trail could be extremely icy in the Spring. Some portions are very strenuous.
SOUTH KAIBAB TRAIL is another steep trail, which begins south of Yaki Point located on Yaki Point Road. Access to the trailhead is by shuttle bus and is a short-moderate hike. (see shuttle schedule below)
HERMIT TRAIL is an unmaintained steep trail and is only for the experienced desert hikers. This trail begins 500 feet west of Hermans Rest.
GRANDVIEW TRAIL is extremely steep and is for experienced desert hikers only. The trail begins on the canyon side of Grandview Point, which is along Desert View Drive. Be on the alert for ice in the early Spring.
**Shuttle schedule for S. Kaibab Trail: Hikers express shuttle departs directly from Bright Angel Lodge and the Backcountry Info. Center to the S. Kaibab trailhead daily: March-7am, 8am & 9am. April-6am, 7am & 8 am. May-5 am, 6 am & 7am.
(This info. courtesy of the National Park Service)
There are hiking trails leading to the bottom of the canyon. Remember that you cannot hike to the bottom of the canyon and back in one day.
What you can do is hike into the canyon and follow the path for an hour or so, and then turn back. This will show you the canyon from an entirely different perspective, compared to standing on the rim.
Bear in mind that the return trip back up to the rim will cost much more time and effort then going down. Also, take LOTS OF WATER with you and don't start hiking during the heat of the day, but do this during the morning hours.
Signs like the one in the picture will warn you. You might also encounter Park Rangers at the start of the trail, who will ask you whether yyou know what you are doing and point out the dangers (heat, water, time, etc.)
Take the South Kaibab Trail down about half way and you will receive some great views of the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch.
It will be harder going back up - don't forget that. No water, food, shade or phones on the trails. Take plenty of supplies and you will have a lot of fun. Check out my picture and that will give you an idea of the fantastic views you will take in.
Just hop on the shuttle bus east to the South Kaibab Trail head and you are set.
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This is an easy half mile (each way) walk to a small spring and excellent view point. The path descends a wooded ravine, past a small Anasazi ruin and along the side of a small off-shoot canyon. The spring that gives it its name is little more than a dripping rock, but the surrounding area is pretty and the view of the canyon very good indeed.
We also found this a good place to spot chipmunks and they seemed especially unafraid of us, probably because other visitors had been feeding them which is not a good idea. As you can see, they will pose for your photos without any enticements, and as they have to fend for themselves most if the year it isn’t good for them to start to rely on the temporary human visitors who invade their territory for a few months each summer.
Before arriving at the Grand Canyon, we read several warnings that the only maintained trails into the canyon on the south side were the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails and that you would hike others at your own risk. Well, since we knew we'd be mule-riding those trails, we opted to take the risk and we were glad we did. We hiked a little-traveled trail called the Hermit's Trail, where we hardly passed any other hikers -- this in one of America's busiest parks. Of course, the prize of loneliness has a price -- danger -- so we had to make sure we were well-stocked with water and kept track of our time in the broiling sun. However, that wasa small price to pay for a beautiful solitude and the joy of NOT hiking the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails. When we road tose routes, we immediately learned the additional perils hikers face there -- passing colums of mules kicking up dust clouds and creating lakes of urine and buttes of feces on the "maintained" path! No thanks!
This is a great place to day hike. There are a bunch of trails for everyone from coach potato to long-haulers with scenery ranging from rim panoramas to peaceful forest surrounds.
We did several; our favorite being North Kaibab down into the canyon for several miles, just beyond Supai Tunnel. They don't recommend going father than Roaring Springs (10 miles round trip) although this trail goes to the bottom. It's steep, there's not much for shade, and it's a bit fragrant in warm weather as it's also a mule path (watch your step!) but a great below-the-rim experience. If you look closely at the picture you can see the trail falling off towards the canyon floor.
Other of the trails we did during our short 2 days and can recommend were:
Bright Angel Point: paved and only 1/2 mile round RT to killer viewpoint
Cape Royal: paved and only .6 mile RT to another killer viewpoint
Roosevelt Point: at .2 mile, another easy stroll to another nice eyeful
Uncle Jim: 5-miler through forest to a great overlook and North Kaibab trailhead
Point Imperial: easy 4-miler through a recovering burn area
Transept: easy 3-mile RT along the rim from lodge to the campgrounds and back.
See the link below for the full listing, and do read the highlighted safety warnings, OK?
FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME, STAY OVERNIGHT IN THE GRAND CANYON!!!.
There are a lot of trails routes to do here,.some of them are very easy but becareful,because there are also some difficults ones.
Another funny option here can be take a mule ride!.
Are you ready to hiking in the most beautiful place on earth??.
There are hiking trails into the canyon for every level of hiker. My grandson and I just wanted an hour or so, so went about 3/4 mile down the Bright Angel Trail and then back. The trails all descend (except the Rim Trail) at varying rates, so pick up The Guide, the newspaper from the National Park Service or some other publication which will give you information about distances, time, water and restroom facilities. Bright Angel is a bit steep but is not really difficult if you pace yourself and don't try to do too much of it. It is fairly wide and well maintained although footing can be tricky in soft soil or mule droppings so watch out. The whole trail is over 9 miles to the bottom but we did a small portion which gave us great views and we were able to see some petroglyphs left by early Native Americans.
The trails don't seem steep going down, but do coming back up so plan on a much longer time to ascend than to descend. There are lots of switchbacks so descending about a mile takes a walk of about 9 miles. You can see some of these switchbacks in one of the photos.
I'm not a hiker ... a bit of a walker and wanderer actually. So I can't DO the walks far into the canyon. And I was with my Dad who is disabled so didn't want to leave him for more than an hour at a time .... the rim trail was perfect for my needs. You can take this trail all along South Rim, or you can take bits a pieces of it as you desire. Since it hugs the edge of the canyon, the views are awe inspiring. I walked from Bright Angel lodge up to Maricopa point, which the books say is about a mile and a half. It was tough for me in spots as the trail was a bit steep, but the views were wonderful! It took me much less time to come back down :) I met a few people along the way and all had joyful faces, despite some huffing an puffing. There is something about the vistas that just brings out the child in us all ..... there are flatter portions of the rim trail between Bright Angel and Mather Point ... there are steeper sections heading up to Hermit's rest. The section I walked was perfect: challenging without being overwhelming. So take a piece of the rim trail yourself and see what you can see :)
There is a webpage that has more detail about the rim trail that I've linked here so you can learn about the parts I didn't take :)
This trail didn't offer very many views of the canyon (at least the part we were on). What it did provide was awesome views of the forest and wildlife. We were able to get so close to 5 deer. We didn't want to spook them, and they wouldn't move, so we turned around and headed back to the lodge. It's a nice easy trail that's about 3 miles roundtrip.
This was taken hiking out from Cottonwood up to the North Rim. We walked it in early September. Be warned - it gets hot even early in the morning. Try to walk as much of this route as you can before the sun hits you. It took us 2 hours to get to this spot, which the first part to be out of the shade. The next mile and a bit took over an hour. Hard work, but well worth it.
The perfect introductory hike and recommended for adults with children. Follows the rim from Yavapai Point to Hermits Rest. This trail will take you to all the usual South Rim attractions. The trail is paved from Yavapai Point west to Maricopa Point. 18 miles round trip, 10 hours. But you can you can catch a shuttle bus back the other way.
The Bright Angel Trail is a nice trail to head down into the canyon where you can go 50 yards or 9 miles and still get a better appreciation of the canyon. We went down about 2 1/2 miles into the canyon and then walked back up. You get a great variation of vegetation and geological formations. Bring plenty of water and wear good hiking boots.
This is a lovely gentle hike around the edge of the South Rim of the Canyon giving spectacular views from the edge.
Don't be fooled, the Rim Trail isn't always walking along the edge - something I was pretty disappointed at.
The Rim Trail does, however, cater for disabled visitors.
Some of the group hiked into the Canyon but unfortuntely I was a little worse for wear after hiking in Zion National Park a couple of days previous. If you're up for the challenge, they definately recommended it.
DO NOT try to hike down to the river in a day. Take plenty of notice of the ranger tips and warnings as they are very useful.