Greetings from Grand Canyon National Park

This was my third time to the Grand Canyon, and I wanted a different view. After a week long trek of the Mighty 5 in Utah, I felt I was ready to face the task of hiking rim to river and back in a day. No small feat, but I was ready to do something I had wanted to do since I first saw the canyon years ago. I know it is highly recommended not to do this hike as it is grueling and can get extremely hot and the dangers of dehydration are real, but again I was ready,

I spent the night at Mather campground and left early and caught the shuttle bus minutes later. at 4:30 am going to the South Kaibab trail head, and was walking by 4:45. Three hours later I reached the mighty Colorado River in all its splendor, it was magnificent! Crossing the bridge and heading up river to the Bright Angel Trail I realized the biggest chore was ahead. I took snacks and stopped periodically to refill my hydration bladder and a water bottle.

The last 3 miles were the real gain in elevation, and showed me what I was made of. I was at the rim and caught the shuttle back by 12:45, beating the heat, somewhat, and making good time for nearly 17 miles. I would never recommend this hike to a novice because the dangers are many, but when I reached that rim I was a happy man, attaining a goal I had long aspired to attain. Next time- Rim to Rim!


Grand Canyon National Park

America’s Southwest is full of breathtaking canyons, but none as famous or as widely visited as the Grand Canyon. This world-famous landmark offers wondrous views, spectacular hiking, exhilarating whitewater rafting and countless adventures. One look across the enormous chasm confirms just why this inspirational place is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a must-see destination for so many travelers. The park also protects a wealth of biological diversity, including numerous endemic and threatened species and several rare ecosystems.

State(s): Arizona

Established: 1919

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