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Old 04-21-2015, 05:41 PM   #1
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I am near the Grand Canyon looking for someone to hike with me on long day hike down South Kaibab Trail & up Bright Angel this week . Any takers or advice?
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Are you South side of the Canyon or North? There is a guy that walks the North side several times a week. He has done it for years. Can usually find him at the pizza fast food court on the North rim.


Good Luck! The Canyon is beautiful! Take lots of water, nuts, and fruit. Eat and drink before you are hungry or thirsty and stay alive. Also stop every so often and just look or you are going to miss a lot. Best piece of advice we have ever been given. Lynne
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Heading there on the 15th of May, North Rim. beamisl has great advice!
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I am near the Grand Canyon looking for someone to hike with me on long day hike down South Kaibab Trail & up Bright Angel this week . Any takers or advice?

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I'm on the south side.Thanks for your advice
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I am near the Grand Canyon looking for someone to hike with me on long day hike down South Kaibab Trail & up Bright Angel this week . Any takers or advice?
Unless you hike a lot in a desert environment, I would not recommend this hike. As an alternative, think about hiking down South Kaibab to Tipoff, then west on the Tonto to Indian Garden, then up the Bright Angel.

There is no water on South Kaibab (or the Tonto) so whatever you do, be prepared with enough water to keep yourself hydrated.

You will find quite a few hikers going down the South Kaibab trail this time of the year so you won't want for company.

Best wishes and be careful.
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Are you South side of the Canyon or North? There is a guy that walks the North side several times a week. He has done it for years. Can usually find him at the pizza fast food court on the North rim.


Good Luck! The Canyon is beautiful! Take lots of water, nuts, and fruit. Eat and drink before you are hungry or thirsty and stay alive. Also stop every so often and just look or you are going to miss a lot. Best piece of advice we have ever been given. Lynne
The North Rim does not open until May 15th.
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That route is my plan.is tipoff & tonto well marked?
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That route is my plan.is tipoff & tonto well marked?
Yes, It will be clear when you get to tipoff (2nd restroom is there). There are also two signs for the Tonto Trail. Take the one that will be to the left (west).
From there to the Bright Angel, there are no trail signs, but there is no where else to go. Only one trail. You will hit the Bright Angel Trail just south of IG, maybe a quarter mile. Again, turn left (now South). Along the BA trail there is water at IG for sure, usually by this time of year there is also water at the 3 mile (from the top) and the 1.5 mile rest houses. You can verify this when you get there.

South Kaibab to the Tonto trail is about 4.6 miles
Tonto Trail to Indian Garden is about 4.5 miles
Indian Garden to Rim is 4.6 miles.

Quite a day hike.
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I appreciate all your advice.
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Last year my 2 sons and 1 grandson ran down and back the South Side. MY sons are in their 50's and Grandson is 18. All are jocks. Gym rats and such. It can be done. I was going to ride the mules but I walked down a few feet and knew that I could not take the view. LOL
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You have received some very good advice. I have backpacked it both ways (30+lbs), but never on the same day. If you are an avid runner in supreme condition or have considerable hiking experience, then go for it. What catches most people off guard is a lack of preparedness. It is after all, a "reverse mountain". The easy part is at the beginning and the strenuous part is at the end.
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