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Day hike recommendation

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Day hike recommendation

Glad to be able to make this trip despite all the uncertainties. We are looking to do a 2-3 hours hike that is not too strenuous. We don't have many days there and would like to know what hike we should do that would give us great views in that short amount of time. We are staying in Yavapai. Thanks!

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1. Re: Day hike recommendation

Do you want to do this hike below the rim?

If so you could try Bright Angel Trail and go as far as the first tunnel or if better conditioned you could go to 1-1/2 mile rest house! Bring some water and snacks and of course your camera:-)

Just know that it will take you longer to come up so if you are really wanting to do 2-3 hours then maybe time yourselves and turn around at the 1 hour mark!!

To stay above the rim you could do the Rim trail which will go all the way to Hermits Rest, but you will have the option of getting on the free shuttle at the view points along this route.

There is also Shoshone Point which stays above the rim and has some pretty views!


Edited: 14 October 2013, 13:54
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2. Re: Day hike recommendation

Getting down into the canyon is one experience you don't want to miss. It gives you a whole different perspective. I would plan to hike down Bright Angel Trail a bit and then turn around. Jersey Girl makes a good point in allowing yourself some extra time coming back up. However, if you're anything like me, who takes photos every few yards, you might find it takes you the same amount of time to come back up as it did to go down!

The Rim trail is a great one to stroll on after dinner... or anytime.

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3. Re: Day hike recommendation

When hiking below the rim, it's not about the distance, it's all about the time. Hike downward for 1/3 of the time you have in mind. You'll need the other 2/3 to climb back up.

You'll see more of the GC by moving horizontally along the rim, by car, shuttle and your own feet. There's nearly 30 miles of the south rim inside the park. That's barely 10% of the entire Grand canyon, but it's the best part. Allow a day to see everything between Desert View and Hermit Rest.

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4. Re: Day hike recommendation

I agree with SGC. Go down to the first rest stop on Bright Angel Trail then head back up allowing 2-3 times up vs. down. It's unforgettable to be in the canyon. If you do a little bit of homework ahead of time you'll know what you are seeing in the rock formations around you.

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5. Re: Day hike recommendation

I would, as RR suggests, drive the rim and stop at the major viewpoints, and if you have time hike down South Kaibab as far as Ooh Aah Point - 1.8 mi round trip - or Cedar Ridge - 3 mile round trip. It is steeper than BA trail, but the views are much grander here.

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