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, get ready to be completely jaded by the unrealistic nature of the Brady Bunch, because the bottom of the canyon is not an arroyo in California! If you want to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon see the canyon floor for yourself, South Kaibab / Bright Angel Loop is the most popular route to take. If you're not a Brady Bunch aficionado, then it's time to get groovy and try this brand new experience.
Just Roughin' It's Grand Canyon South Kaibab / Bright Angel Loop hike is offered year round as a Grand Canyon hiking tour. Winter months may have you hiking in snow in the higher elevations of the trail, but it is well worth it when you catch the views of snow blanketing the canyon walls as you hike into its depths. 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. We set up camp at the Bright Angel Campground to enjoy a night or two of camping in the Grand Canyon. It's only a quarter mile from the famous Phantom Ranch, where we can stop by the canteen for a lemonade or coffee and compare blisters and muscle pains with fellow hikers. This trip is great for the first-time backpacker with an above average level of fitness. The trails are well-maintained, wide and have toilets and running water in several places along the way.
We hike out via the Bright Angel Trail. During the cooler months, we can tackle the 10-mile trail in one shot, but any time of the year, you can plan to spend an extra day at Indian Garden to view even more of the Canyon's splendor. This backpacking trip can range from two to 4 days. A 4 day trip allows you a chance to explore the inner canyon to Ribbon Falls, or take a hike up Phantom Creek and the Clear Creek Trail for a more secluded experience.
And for an additional fee, we'll have an old prospector lock you in a jail cell in a ghost town on the way to the canyon.
Please note: Due to the high demand and limited supply of permits available for the Grand Canyon South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop 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 90% of the trip. Because this Grand Canyon hiking tour has such high demand, we recommend reserving this hike at least five months in advance. Contact us for more details.
Number of days: 3 - 4; any other length is a custom option and subject to custom pricing.
Mileage: 16.6 miles / 26.8 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,780 ft / 1,457 m
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