Although the main activity is the long hike (~16miles), you will not be expected to do the long hike if you are not fully conditioned for this distance. There are many other hikes, shorter distance, you can enjoy while in the Grand Canyon area. If you haven't been to the area, I highly encourage you to see the beauty nature has to offer. It's a breath taking experience.
As for the long hike, I always love it because of the breath taking views and the great workout. It's tough to take on in one day. I've taken marathoners on this hike and they found it challenging especially on the way back up Bright Angel trail. But with proper training, you can do it!
THIS WILL BE A DAY HIKE!!!!
We will begin from South Kaibab trail taking the earliest shuttle from Grand Canyon Village. Once at the trail head, it is about ~6.5 miles down to the Colorado river, with consistent amazing views the entire way down. As there is little shade and no water stations, it is better to hike down the South Kaibab trail early morning, and up the Bright Angel trail (~9.5 miles) during the later part of the day, where there is more shade and more water stops.
Distance: ~16.0 miles round-trip.
Total Elevation change: 4,740ft descent, 4360ft ascent
We'll stop at Phantom Ranch for lunch, relax and refill our water before heading up Bright Angel trail.
Everyone signing up will need to indicate their recent hiking activities before being allowed on the Attendee list. So at first, you will be Wait listed, then moved onto the Attendee list after your hiking background is reviewed. Considering this is a STRENUOUS hike, Advance-Intermediate to Advance hikers will only be allowed on the Attendee list. This is for your safety and the others around you. Please respect this request.
Accommodations: 406 Canyon Plaza Lane, P.O. Box 520, Grand Canyon, AZ[masked], Phone: (928)[masked] • Fax: (928)[masked], Information: [masked] • General Manager: [masked], www.grandcanyonplaza.com.
We will meet at a location TBA to begin our carpool. I'm hoping we can find a safe place to park our cars here in the Inland Empire while we carpool to the Grand Canyon. If one of you going is okay with us parking our cars at your place, this would be greatly appreciated.
Departure to the GC will be November 9th around 7a.. This will be an estimated seven hour road trip. So we should get there around check-in time. As always, if we are carpooling, it's understood we will contribute to the fuel cost.
Overall, if you have any questions, shoot me an email.
Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.