- By kevin
- On Jun 6, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We talk about Grand Canyon rim to rim hike here,to book the Grand Canyon train tour on the Globerouter.com website with great discount price.Whether you choose to seek out polar bears in the Canadian Arctic or go hiking in the Grand Canyon,you'll experience the best of North America through hands-on,enriching exploration.
What Trails Should you Take?
The North Kaibab Trail is a given for your rim-to-rim hike.To connect the South rim to the inner canyon you must choose between the Bright Angel and the South Kaibab.Use the South Kaibab for descending only.There is NO WATER along the South Kaibab Trail.Besides,you'll want the canyon before you as you descend this ridge running trail.
The Bright Angel is good for ascending or descending.Indian Gardens provides both water and a possible campsite a mere 4.5 miles below the South Rim.
Should you hike South to North or North to South?
There are benefits of hiking in each direction.Here are some factors to consider in choosing a direction for your hike:
A North to South hike means a shorter climb out of the canyon.The North Kaibab trail head is at about 8200 feet.The South Kaibab trail head is at about 7200 feet.The Bright Angel trail head,at about 6800 feet,is the lowest of the three.
If the South Kaibab trail is a"must do"for you,hike South to North.It is best to descend the waterless South Kaibab trail."Civilization"tends to diminish as you hike from South to North.If you like the idea of seeing fewer people as your hike progresses,hike South to North.
Consider these factors when deciding when to do your rim-to-rim hike:
The North Rim is closed from mid-November to mid-May.The road into the North Rim(AZ 67)is closed from the first major snowfall(mid-November,usually)until the Spring thaw(mid-May,usually).All North Rim facilities are also closed during this period.
Avoid June,July,and August when planning your rim-to-rim hike.The inner canyon is brutally HOT!!!during these months.See our Weather Planner for the scorching details.
The most pleasant times for a rim-to-rim hike are late-May to mid-June,and late-September through mid-November.The cooler temperatures typical of these months will make your hike a much more pleasant and safer experience.
Plan to spend at least 3 days and 2 nights completing your rim-to-rim hike.DO NOT attempt to do a rim-to-rim hike in a single day.