Grand Canyon National Park Hike
If you are looking for a life-changing hike away from modern technology and one that challenges even the fittest athletes – visit the South Kaibab, North Kaibab, Bright Angel, Hermit and other trails of the nations “Grandest” Park. But be warned, hiking this Canyon is much less about fitness and experience than it is about mental toughness. Preparation is key to survival in this harsh desert environment. Day hikers are the ones who get in the most trouble in the Canyon, primarily from lack of preparation (and water!). This is a desert and oddly, as you descend into the Canyon, it gets hotter. There is also a weird phenomenon that once you start down the trail, time is warped and you have a hard time judging time and distance without technology. Hiking between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. most of the year is not advisable due to the unrelenting heat. Water is scarce, so most of the backpack weight is in this necessary resource.
Once you are prepared, you will experience something incredible as you venture. There are five ecosystems from the top to the bottom of the Canyon and you can see the changes as you step down. Ooh Aah Point, Ribbon Falls, Hermit Creek “hot tub”, Phantom Ranch Lemonade, and many other stops along the trail, lead adventurers through one of the most unique landscapes in the country. I’ve taken four trips with college students for a Field Biology class and completed a rim-to-rim-to-rim hike with my own kids (11 and 13 years old), and this is a must do for anyone’s bucket list. Our favorite part is the night sky rimmed by the Canyon with no artificial lights … it is incredible! If you are interested in hiking the Grand Canyon, I’m happy to share my packing list and training recommendations.