Hiking is a wonderful experience but exploring the immense size and natural beauty of Grand Canyon through hiking is a different experience compared to other hikings. Grand Canyon is the World Heritage site and is located on the Colorado Plateau in the North western Arizona. The Grand Canyon hike will test your physical and mental endurance. Adequate water and food are essential things while hiking Grand Canyon. Hiking the Grand Canyon is a challenging task as even the person in good condition will become sore and tired. The terrain is steep, dry and rugged. The most popular hiking seasons are spring, summer and fall.
There are different theories that the Grand Canyon was cut by the Colorado River into rock layers about 250 million and 2 billion years ago. It was believed that humans lived in and around the Grand Canyon for atleast 4000 to 10000 years. The natives were Havasupai, Anasazi and Hualapai. But today the only natives residing in the Grand Canyon are the Havasupai near Havasu falls and the Hualapai at Grand Canyon West.
The Rim trial is 3 ¾ mile paved section that runs from Pipe Creek Vista west through the Grand Canyon village. This is the easiest way to walk. As you head west from Hermit Road Interchange the trail becomes steeper. The next stop is Hopi point, here the trail becomes more difficult and no pavement will be seen. From here the trial heads to Hermits rest. The next three trails are corridor trails. These trails go down the Colorado River from the rim. The total length of the trail is around 12 miles. The rim trail is very strenuous. It takes twice as much time to hike than to come down.
Bright Angel trail is to the west and is very famous trail head. It goes down 4 ½ miles to Indian gardens and another 4 ½ miles down to Phantom Ranch. The 1 ½ mile rest house and 3 mile rest house offer water during the part of the year. The South Kabib trail is steeper than the Bright Angel trail. This is the most scenic and good day hikes for 3to 6 miles. The trail begins by Yaki point, which is east to the Grand Canyon village. It is about 7 miles to Phantom Ranch.
North Kabib trail goes down to Phantom Ranch which is 14 ½ miles and is very challenging trail. The north rim is higher in elevation than the south rim. You have to stay atleast one night in the canyon and there are very famous trails in and out the Grand Canyon. If you want to hike leisurely it will take 4 days to hike.
Roaring springs is a water fall is the water pouring out from the Muav cave and goes into the Bright Angel Creek. You can’t hike the Roaring spring in one day. Roaring Springs is 25 miles and the elevation is 5200’.
Widforss trail follows the north rim about 1000 feet higher than the heavy south rim. You can come across Ponderosa pine trees. There are no roads as north rim is only 18 miles across the south rim. It takes 5 hours to reach north rim from south rim. The Wildfross is around 10 miles trip and you can experience the forest hiking with the canyon scenery.
Canyon river adventure
Grand Kingdom helicopter tours
Colorado River float trip
The Inner Canyon Jeep tour
The Grand Discovery air tour
One day white water rafting adventure
The Imperial helicopter tour
Grand Canyon sunset jeep tour
The Grand Canyon railway
The National Geographic visitor’s center
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Things to consider while hiking in the grand canyon is the terrain itself. With a combination of rocky and steep terrain, Hot summer like temperatures and a quick changing weather pattern it is always good to have a plan B in place. The altitude changes as well combined with very little shade as there are hardly trees around so you are exposed to the hot sun which can cause dehydration if you are not well prepared to deal with it. There are not many water resources available like springs etc. so carrying water is very important. Here are a few tips you might want to think before you plan your hiking trip,
Plan well ahead.
Bad planning and preparation can cost you badly and an expensive helicopter ride or worse your life.
Carry your own water as you require one gallon per day.
Carry high energy snacks, preferably salty to retain water.
Back country hiking permit is essential.
Know your limits as hiking the Grand Canyon is not easy.
Day hiking is safer than the night hiking trip.
Know about the back country seasonal updates.