South Kaibab/Bright Angelprint
Remember that Brady Bunch episode where the Brady's go to the Grand Canyon and Bobby and Cindy get lost and are found by a friendly tribe of Native Americans? Well, forget what you remember because the bottom of the canyon is not an arroyo in California! If you want to see the canyon floor for yourself, this is the most popular route to take. If you're not a Brady Bunch aficionado, then this will be a brand new experience regardless. Just Roughin’ It’s South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop backpacking trip is among the most popular Grand Canyon tours – and with good reason. Hikers are surrounded by breathtaking views as they venture down the South Kaibab Trail to the bottom of the Canyon, crossing the Black Bridge that hovers above the Colorado River. This also is a great hike for most months of the year.
The below itinerary depicts a standard 4 day trip. If you are looking for 3 days, take out the 2nd day of exploring and day hiking to roaring springs.
Please Note: Because the Just Roughin’ It Grand Canyon South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop backpacking trip has such high demand, we recommend reserving at least five months in advance. Due to the high demand and limited supply of permits available for the South Kaibab/Bright Angel camping areas, a camping area that is an acceptable alternative as approved by the National Park Service may be utilized. The trails hiked will be as detailed in this itinerary for at least 90% of the trip.
Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Phoenix-Metro or Flagstaff and head to the South Rim. Once we arrive at the trailhead and gear up, we begin our hike down the South Kaibab Trail, which is 7 miles (11.3 km) and 4,800 ft (1463 m) to Bright Angel Campground. Unwind at the campsite or grab a drink at the Phantom Ranch canteen - one of the favorite hangouts among canyon hikers. The hike down the South Kaibab Trail to the bottom takes about 5.5 hours.
On the second day of the tour, we have several side hike options. The most popular choice is a 12-mile (19.3 km) round trip hike to Ribbon Falls along the North Kaibab Trail. Looking for some R & R? You are more than welcome to use this time to relax or explore the surrounding area. Either way, it is a free day from carrying your large pack.
Today we begin our venture out of the canyon to Indian Garden. We hike 5 miles (8 km), ascending 1,400 ft (462 m) where we will set up camp and take the time to explore the area. You can hike to Plateau Point along the Tonto Trail for some of the best views of the canyon and finish with a unique canyon sunset experience. Or, take the time to just relax at camp.
Onward and upward! Hiking out of the canyon is a 4.5-mile (7.24 km) hike with a 3,000-ft (914 m) increase in elevation along the Bright Angel Trail. The average hiking time to the top is 4.5 hours. Once at the top, we usually have time for a late breakfast or early lunch and some souvenir shopping. We are typically back in Flagstaff by 2:30pm and in Phoenix-Metro by 5:30pm. The average hiking time to the top is 4.5 hours.
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Trip Cost Per Person
- Round trip transportation from Phoenix-Metro or Flagstaff.
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- All necessary gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, meal kit, trekking poles, headlamp, etc.)
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our price does not include guide gratuity, which is 10% of the trip cost price.
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