Hiking, Grand Canyon National Park
Some places you can't get to without hiking. So, if you are capable or capable of getting into shape, please try it. This shot is taken from the hike to Ribbon Falls, over halfway across the Grand Canyon. This is a place you cannot get to by mule. Sure, you can take the mule down to Phantom Ranch. If that is what you like, please do but if you are staying at Phantom Ranch for a couple nights, take this fantastic day hike to Ribbon Falls. It's a whole other Grand Canyon when you get out of your car and away from the crowds.
Equipment: Sturdy boots are a must, and good sun gear. Start early as it gets hot later in the day. Carry at least two liters of water per person and really that is just barely enough. If you have a filter or some other water purification method, you can refill at Ribbon Falls.
Hiking the Grand Canyon was an amazing experience. We recommend it to anyone who has the ability to do it. One cannot see what the Grand Canyon is about from the top. Even if 18 miles isn't feasible, hike part way down and back up! The top half of Bright Angel Trail has drinkable water every 1.5 miles, so traveling light on this part of the trail is possible. If you do venture down toward the bottom, remember to drink a lot of water, to eat a sufficient amount of food, to pack your trash back out of the Grand Canyon, and to watch your step so you don't tread where the mules have been -- and yes, they have big ears, too!
Equipment: See packing list!
Once there, looking over the edge of the Grand Canyon is amazing, breath-taking, and unbelievable! But we didn't get a true feel for how large and outstanding the Grand Canyon is until we started to hike into it. Because South Kaibab Trail [6.3-miles to the bottom] is one of the few trails in the park that follows the ridge lines instead of the canyons, it is very steep.
This allowed us to see up the top and below to the bottom almost the whole way. In fact, just a few hundred yards into the descent, we saw the Colorado River almost a mile below.
Equipment: See packing list!
Walk part of the Rim Trail-Trail may be accessed at many locations along the Rim.
Day hike into the Grand Canyon - It will take twice as long to hike up as it does to hike down. Do not attempt to hike to the river and back in one day.
Backpack in Grand Canyon - Permits required.
Equipment: Water, water treatment, Hiking boots, mirror, etc.
Before you go remember....
PLAN AHEAD. a day hiker you are on your own, no permuts required. your descent into the canyon, however brief, marks your netry into a world in which preparations, self reliance, and common sense are crucial
TEMPERATURE CAN SOAR. There is a 20-30 degree Fahrenheit(11-16 degree centigrade) difference in temperature between the cool, forested rim and the inner canyon. Canyon temperature can soar to more than 110 degree fahrenheit(43 degree cent) in the shade and you will not be hiking in the shade.
DOUBLE YOUR CALORIE, DOUBLE YOUR FUN. Salty snacks and water or sports drinks should be consumed on any hike longer than 30 minutes. This is not the time to diet. Balance food intake and fluid consumption. For every hour of hiking, drink 1/2 to 1 quart(liter) of water or sports drink.
WATCH YOUR TIME. Plan on taking twice as long to hike up as ot took to hike down. Allow 1/3 of your time to descend and 2/3 time to ascend.
AVOID DANGER ZONE. The Danger Zone results from a combination of distance traveled, elevation change, temperature, and direct sunlight that can overwhelm your body's ability to keep cool, fueled and hydrated. The Danger Zone generallt starts to develop between 1 1/2 and 3 miles (3-5km) down inner canyon trails. IT IS HOT DOWN THERE!