Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon

The first thing you learn when hiking in Grand Canyon is that, contrary to what you originally think, going up is easier than going down. Back country here is very different from other parks since you are often within sight of populated areas (but it can still be impossible to get there). All travel below the rim depends on water. Either where it is for drinking or how much there is for rafting. Almost all the trail traffic is on the 3 trails that meet at Phantom Ranch. -- Bright Angel, North Kaibab, and South Kaibab.

Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Trail, Top
Bright Angel Trail, Top. The North Kaibab Trail goes down Bright Angel Creek. Bright Angel Trial does not go down Bright Angel Creek. The trail starts at the west end of the village, across from the shuttle transfer stop for the Hermits Rest route.
Grand Canyon, Rock Strata Boundary, Coconino and Shale, Bright Angel Trail
Rock Strata Boundary, Coconino and Shale. Any trip down into the canyon is a geology lesson.
Grand Canyon, Indian Gardens, Bright Angel Trail
Going up the name is obvious. The Wall. But you just rested at Indian Gardens and can seen the top. Going down you have just started.
Grand Canyon, 3 Mile Resthouse, Bright Angel Trail
The 3 Mile Resthouse provides a place to stop and rest.
Grand Canyon, Garden Creek, Bright Angel Trail
Bright Angel Trail has shade, a stream, actual trees, and shade. It is longer than South Kaibab so is not the standard route down. Going up there is water at several stops. Also many more people.
Grand Canyon, Lower Bright Angel Trail, Colorado River
A lot of the red silt is trapped behind Glen Canyon Dam so that today it should be the Verde River, not the Colorado River. After major rains in eastern Arizona, the river does return to its natural red color.

Maintained by Keith Price.