Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.7 km
Duration
10:30h
Ascent
1825 m
Descent
1825 m
Public transport friendly Round trip Multi-stage route Scenic Geological highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip
Demanding tour with fabulous views deep into the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River
The Bright Angel Trail is - next to the South Kaibab Trail - one of the two hiking trails where you can experience the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Grand Canyon up close. The special thing about the tour is that you start at the top, at the South Rim, which attracts more than five million visitors a year. The first few meters of the trail are also very busy. But while most of the tourists only went down to the first vantage point, for hikers and mountaineers, this is only the beginning:

Author’s recommendation

If you want to walk the whole trail, you should divide the tour into two days and stay overnight at the camping site in the Indian Garden.
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Highest point
Grand Canyon, South Rim, 2086 m
Lowest point
Plateau Point, 1051 m
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Safety information

One of the biggest difficulties on the trail are certainly the high temperatures, which already exceed 40°C at the end of May. If you want to reach the Indian Garden or even the Plateau Point, you have to start early to avoid the midday heat (approx. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).In winter, you have to reckon with ice, especially at the beginning, as the sun doesn't rise above the edge at this time of the year.Drinking water is available at the trailhead, from May to September at the rest stops and in the Indian Garden. But before the tour you should inform yourself if the water supply is guaranteed.

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Start

Bright Angel Trailhead, South Rim, Grand Canyon (2086 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
36.057092, -112.143969
UTM
12S 396968 3990886

Destination

Bright Angel Trailhead, South Rim, Grand Canyon

Turn-by-turn directions

Our tour starts at the Bright Angel Trailhead, which is located near the Bright Angel Lodge. The trail leads in well fortified but steep serpentines into the depth. After 1.5 and 3 miles (about 2.5 and 5 km) there are rest stops with drinking water (May to September) and toilets, after 4.5 miles (7, 25 km) the Indian Garden is reached. In the summer months it is not advisable to continue due to the extreme temperatures. If you still haven't had enough, you can go to Plateau Point, from where you have a wonderful view of the Colorado River. The ascent on this tour is completely on the way back, which has to be considered during the tour planning, as for the way back, especially during the extreme temperatures in summer, it takes at least twice as long.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

There's a train from Williams to the Grand Canyon.Large coach companies (e.g. Greyhound) travel from Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Williams, and Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.Free shuttle buses run regularly from the Grand Canyon Village. The Bright Angel Trailhead can be reached by the blue line.

Getting there

The Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) is located about 100 km north of Interstate 40 near Williams/Arizona and can be reached via Highway 64. If you start in Flagstaff, you can also travel on Highway 180, which is not recommended during the winter months.

Parking

In the Grand Canyon Village there are numerous free parking spaces, which are connected with the trailheads, viewpoints and the visitor center by shuttle buses.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Solid hiking boots, sun cream, sun hat, sunglasses, sufficient drinking water (can be refilled at the resting points), provisions, camping equipment if necessary.
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Updated: October 30, 2019

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Lena Wiesler
August 01, 2016 · Outdooractive Editors
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Sam McGarey
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