Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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Submitted by: Val B.

We hiked up the Bright Angel Trail in mid-July, after hiking down on the South Kaibab trail the day before.  We stayed over night at the Phantom Ranch ( ) as no one recommends hiking down and up in 1 day. The Bright Angel Trail is a 9.5-mile hike bottom to top.  We left a little after 5 am, and had made it to the 'halfway' point (in terms of distance, but about 1/3 the ascent) within about 2 hours.  Easy as pie.  It was shady and relatively cool because it's somewhat forested at the bottom, but gets to over 100F in the summer so keep that in mind. There is water at this 'halfway point', aka Indian Gardens.  This is the first water you'll encounter on your ascent.  Water after that i...


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