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Grand Canyon: Rim to Rim Hiking Trips
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A Just Roughin' It Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hiking trip is a classic experience and is one of the most popular backpacking trips we, and the Grand Canyon, have to offer!
Hiking the Grand Canyon North Rim to the South Rim allows you to experience breathtaking views and the vast expanse of the canyon. There are few experiences more spectacular than seeing both the North and the South Rims at the same time from the bottom of the canyon, and is by far the ultimate Grand Canyon hiking tour. This tour has you hiking from the over 8,000ft in elevation from the North Rim to the almost 7,000 ft South Rim. Along the North Kaibab trail we will pass a couple waterfalls (Roaring Springs and Ribbon Falls), hike along Bright Angel Creek, visit Phantom Ranch, dip your toes in the Colorado River and see evidence of ancient civilizations that once called Grand Canyon their home.
Since the road to access the North Rim does not open until May 15th of every year and is closed through the winter months, there is a small window of opportunity each year to complete a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim backpacking trip. This trip is great for the first time backpacker that has an above average level of fitness. You are hiking the main trails of the canyon where there are amenities such as toilets, running water and even a canteen at Phantom Ranch where you can buy a lemonade or a Snickers bar! These trails are also well maintained and considerably wider than most other trails in the canyon - over 6 feet wide in most places.* Plus, the Rim to Rim hiking trip is one of the two trips we will run in the summer months (June through August) since there is ample shade, water and creeks to stay cool and hydrated.
*Please note: Due to the high demand and limited supply of permits available for the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim camping areas, a camping area that is an acceptable alternative as approved by the National Park Service may be utilized. The trails hiked will remain as detailed in the itinerary for at least 80% of the trip. Because this Grand Canyon hiking tour has such high demand, we recommend reserving this hike at least five months in advance. If you would prefer a hike from the South to the North Rim, we can do that too. Contact us for more details.
Rim to Rim Bass Trails
For the ultimate Grand Canyon AND Rim to Rim experience, check out our packrafting trips! This trip was also recently featured in the Chicago Tribune May 29, 2012. Check out the article and the video for some great detail and visuals of what you will get to experience with this trip. They didn't carry packrafts so had to wait for someone to get them across!
Number of days: 3 - 7
Mileage: 21 - 24 miles / 34 - 39 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 5,780 ft / 1,762 m
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