I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.
By Jim McConnell on 2013-05-10