Hey, hey, hey! Just got back from my trip to the Grand Canyon, and I thought you might like to…take a hike! With me! My original plan was to hike to the bottom of the canyon in one day, camp at the bottom, and hike back up a different trail the next day, but the Grand Canyon is so crowded that, even when I applied for a permit 2 months in advance, all of the camping sites at the bottom were already taken. Even arriving at the Backcountry information center right as they opened on the day of my hike was not early enough. That is how popular the Canyon is!
Trying not to be devastated by this hiccup in my plans, I hiked as far down as I could each day, and then back up, camping in the crowded Mather Campground on the rim. Though I probably put more miles on my feet than I would have with my original plan, I never quite made it to the river. I was disappointed, but I still really enjoyed this trip!
Here is the South Kaibab trail. In a day hike, I think it would be possible to get to the bottom and back, but it is strongly advised against by the rangers, so I just went down to Skeleton Point and back to the rim, 6 miles (9.6 km) round trip and 2,040 ft (620 m) elevation change one way.