Yesterday I posted about the South Kaibab trail, on which I traveled down to Skeleton Point and back from the rim as a day hike. My second day at the Canyon, I hiked the Bright Angel Trail, which is of a less steep grade. Again, I had to go out and back as a day hike, so I made it to Plateau Point and back, about 12 miles (19.3 km) and 3,080 ft (940 m). This hike took me about 6 hours, but the guide recommends you leave 9-12 hours for it. Conveniently, there is drinking water available every 1.5 miles.
I got to the trail by sunrise, just as the full moon was setting.
The trail tunnels through the rock face twice
Again, you can see the grueling switchbacks that lead down into the canyon
Sky is getting lighter
You see that trail going all the way out to the end of the plateau? We’re going out there today!
First rays of sun in the canyon
Down we go
A very well used trail
It is actually pretty hard to get trail photos without people in them, so here is a more realistic photo
Toward the base of the upper canyon
It is actually green and cool here (at least early in the morning)
Indian Gardens campground has a little creek, and it is one of my favourite places in the canyon. It is like a little oasis.
Heading out to the plateau
Leaving the shade of the inner canyon
The plateau is exposed and hot
Hard to believe we came from all the way up there!
View from Plateau point
There’s the Colorado River!
Back to Indian Gardens
Naturally, the trail is all up from here
We’re going all the way to the top!
Whew! Thanks for coming! I hope you join me again on my next hike.