Take a Hike! Grand Canyon edition: Bright Angel Trail

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.

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I got to the trail by sunrise, just as the full moon was setting.

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Fancy Trailhead

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The trail tunnels through the rock face twice

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Again, you can see the grueling switchbacks that lead down into the canyon

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Sky is getting lighter

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You see that trail going all the way out to the end of the plateau? We’re going out there today!

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First rays of sun in the canyon

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Sunrise

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Down we go

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sunrise cont’d

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Tunnel #2

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A very well used trail

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It is actually pretty hard to get trail photos without people in them, so here is a more realistic photo

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Toward the base of the upper canyon

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It is actually green and cool here (at least early in the morning)

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Indian Gardens campground has a little creek, and it is one of my favourite places in the canyon. It is like a little oasis.

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Heading out to the plateau

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Leaving the shade of the inner canyon

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The plateau is exposed and hot

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Hard to believe we came from all the way up there!

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Desert flora

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View from Plateau point

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Beautiful

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There’s the Colorado River!

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Back to Indian Gardens

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Naturally, the trail is all up from here

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We’re going all the way to the top!

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IMG_5528 IMG_5529 IMG_5530Whew!  Thanks for coming!  I hope you join me again on my next hike.

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