This iconic 16.5 mile round trip GC backcountry hike will test your stamina! It drops one vertical mile down from the rim in the searing heat to oasis-like Bright Angel creek. Then you have to climb back up! More photos and a trip report on my site PlanetRambler.com
Horseshoe Bend near Page AZ. It's 1000 ft. down to the Colorado River
Looking north from the South Kaibab trail. After a record wet season, the canyon is still cloaked in much of its Spring greenery. After sunrise, it quickly goes from warm to hot. You're advised not to hike from 11am-4pm to avoid heatstroke. At right, you can see the switchbacks down.
From a lookout point, a nice view of the bend where green Bright Angel canyon joins the Colorado River. To the left is Silver Bridge, at right South Kaibab bridge.
By mid-afternoon, the thermometer shows 107 degrees! The Park Service encourages hikers to loll about in icy cold Bright Angel Creek, building pools in which to cool off. The stream will revert to it's natural state in the winter.
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