Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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The Rim Trail - Easy Hike – Some Wheelchair Accessibility

The Rim Trail can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to a half day depending on your interest and limitations on time. This is the easy walking trail that is paved over the majority of the trail and is ideal for hikers with limited mobility and very young children. The trail goes from Hermits Rest to Pipe Creek Vista and may begin from any viewpoint. Your return from any viewpoint can be made via the free shuttles that travel around the park.

The Bright Angel Trail Hike

The Bright Angel Trail offers a more challenging hike and is a very popular hike. During the months of May through September restrooms and water are available on some parts of the trails. Hikes on the Bright Angel Trail can take from two to nine hours depending on the trail and the distance covered. Some of the Bright Angle Trails are steep and a 9.2 mile hike on the Indian Garden you will climb over 3,000 feet. There are other less demanding hikes an a hiker may always choose to turn around and head back at any time.

The South Kaibab Trail Hike

The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point and hikers must take a free shuttle to get to the trailhead. Be careful on warmer days as there is no afternoon shade during this hike. There is also water available at the trailhead but none at all available during the hike. You can pick up the Shuttle to Yaki Point on the Hikers Express shuttle that leaves from the Bright Angle Lodge bus stop, the Backcountry information center and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. The length of the hikes varies from 2 to 3 miles and may take up to four hours. The hikes are to Ooh point and Cedar Ridge with Ooh point being the shorter of the two.

The Hermit Trail Hike

The Hermit Trail Hike is a steep and rocky hike that begins west of Hermits Rest and is recommended for experienced desert hikers. There is very little afternoon sun and hiking boots are recommended. The water may need to be treated if it is from Santa Maria Spring or Dripping Sprints and the Waldron Basin hike ( 3 Miles ) has no water and very little shade available. The hike to Waldron Basin is 3 miles, Santa Maria Spring 5 miles and Dripping Springs is 6 miles.

Grand Canyon Hiking Tips

Preparation is key when hiking in the Grand Canyon. Know the weather in advance of your hike and discuss your hike with one of the Rangers if you have any concerns. The weather may be unpredictable and it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. Consider carrying a map, extra clothing, a flashlight, and wind and rain protection. Hiking boots may be necessary if you are planning on hiking through rough terrain. Take a break every hour or so for approximately 10 minutes and eat and drink fluids to keep your body hydrated during your hike.

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Free Activities at the Grand Canyon South Rim
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