Hiking in the Grand Canyon Č Hiking in the Grand Canyon is an excellent way to experience the beauty and size of this natural wonder. Once you have decided whether to enter the park from the North or South Rim you can start planning your hike. Whether you plan to hike for a day, overnight or several days you need to be prepared for this incredible experience.
It usually doesn’t take long before you are walking the rim of the canyon and enjoying the magnificent views. If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon hiking for the day you will want to carry a daypack with some water, a light snack and a sweater in case it gets cold at night. You will probably also bring a camera to capture the views.
Don’t wait to plan out your hike. The Grand Canyon averages more rescues than any other national park in the world. There are several factors to consider when planning including climate, fitness, route and weather.
The weather is reliable with a top five rating on the QuikTips scale. With a top rating you are likely to encounter water and mosquito bites. Always be prepared with a modicum of protection against a flash flood or surprise rain.
The route is well-known and most likely used by backpackers who magazine articles for many years. Backpackers have been known to camp on the South Rim for several days before reaching the canyon.
To start a hike into the canyon, take the 34 mile Bridge to the West Rim and then hike to the Canyon bottom. The floor of the canyon is about 60 miles of rugged hiking.
A wise person once said, “Don’t drive to the top, drive to the bottom.” Driving to the top of a 6,000 foot mountain is no easy task. Once you reach the top your body will remind you of its proximity. The bottom most likely takes several hours to reach.
This is not a destination in the Southwest where you can park your car and camp in the wilderness. There are well over 100 places in the canyon. The winding trail near 911 Water Mile is a special route only for hikers. The elevation is 1,000 feet in the canyon and you must have a high clearance vehicle to park.
The West Rim in Grand Canyon National Park is where the Colorado River flows into the lake. The descent from the rim to the river is 8 miles slow and gentle. Staying on the rim also means that you have a spectacular view of the river.
Most visitors do not make it the mile into the canyon. They are content to stay on the rim thereby acquiring spectacular views but not going as far into the canyon. I have motored through the canyon on a number of occasions to snap the famous “atenusa” picture. People who have reached the South Rim are amazed at the smoothness of the walk down. It is a sight to behold.
For those who plan to drive to the bottom, they will be treated to spectacular views of the canyon. Evenings are best enjoyed sitting on the “plethora” of rocks that mark the pathways. Rock climbing is a favorite activity.
Most visitors who choose to walk the wonders of the Grand Canyon travel to the South Rim by continuing to Grand Canyon West Rim or by going to the Colorado River.
The best way to see the canyon is by helicopter. But riding in an airplane is another view of the canyon.
One of the best sources of information on Grand Canyon hiking and camping isGeoffreyRecordon’s website. You can find more details on accommodations, stunning pictures and videos of the canyon. It is also possible to find out how to get to the canyon.
For those who would like to experience the Grand Canyon up close, you can visit the North Rim of the canyon. It is a Visitor Center type of area, where you can look up maps, refresh your water and eat.
Most people who go to the Grand Canyon travel to the South Rim and then to the North Rim. If you are planning to stay overnight there are several more options. The most popular is the “Grand Canyon coach tour” which travels around the rim of the canyon. It flies in to Las Vegas, drives to the canyon, and parks in Grand Canyon South Rim.
There are other options including road trips to see other wonders of nature such as breath-taking Las Vegas Grand Canyon hotels, resorts, and the stunning Arches National Park.
The Grand Canyon is a wonderful vacation destination. It will give visitors a chance to see the wonders of nature up close. It will give them the experience of stepping off the marble based floor and swimming in sparkling waters. It will give them the experience of encountering the enormous rock walls and breathtaking waterfalls.
The Grand Canyon is not for the faint of heart. Those who have been there will tell you that it is one of the most physically demanding places they have ever been.