I am planning to continue the Grand Canyon over Thanksgiving backpack tradition. PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEANS THAT THE TRIP WILL BE OCCURING OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY! There will be costs associated with the trip, including the cost for the backcountry permit and for rooms on the rim which totals $115.00. There is an additional cost if you want to eat dinner one evening at Phantom Ranch (this is optional & subject to availability). There is also a $25 entry fee for the park which is payable to the Park Service when you arrive.
Bob F's Note - Jim's an avid Grand Canyon hiker and has logged thousands of miles in the Canyon during numerous backpacking trips. He's also been organizing a Thanksgiving trip there for quite a few years now. Over the course of the year he receives requests from people (including people who aren't members of our group) to be included on his next trip. So this trip consists of members & non-members and is already nearly filled. With that said, there are a few spots available and we'd like to see who is interested. Here are the guidelines:
1. You must be in good enough shape to complete this hike! While this is one of the easier Canyon hikes it is still difficult because of the elevation loss and gain.
2. You must be able to provide proof that you're physically able to complete this hike. This can be done in a number of ways including having gone on a previous backpacking trip with our group or to some extent a tough hike with the hiking group or one of the other meetup groups.
3. You must be willing to pay the $115 within one week of being notified there's a space available for you on this trip. Once this is paid it is not refundable unless the spot is refilled and you make arrangements with that person to pay you the $115 you've already paid.
4. If you are able to meet these requirements then please add yourself to the waiting list. We will contact everyone by October 1 at the latest letting you know if there's a spot available.
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities with our group so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "More/Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.
Trip Dates: November 26 (Tuesday) thru December 2 (Monday)*Please note: If needed you could return home on December 1 (Sunday) but this would involve driving home on the same day that you hiked out of the Canyon
Drive Time to South Rim Lodging on Tuesday: 7 hours from ABQ
Lodging: Shared rooms at Maswik Lodge
Directions to Lodging: Will be posted well in advance of the trip
Trip Rating: Difficult *If you have knee problems this is not the trip for you
Trip Description & Trail Lengths:
Tues, Nov 26 - Arrive at Canyon and stay overnight in Maswik Lodge
Wed, Nov 27 - Early start down the South Kaibab trail to Bright Angel campground (6.8 miles - 4,780 ft elevation loss)
Thurs, Nov 28 - Leave Bright Angel campground, hike the North Kaibab trail to Cottonwood camp (7 miles - 1,680 ft elevation gain)
Fri, Nov 29 - Stay at Cottonwood camp - dayhiking
Sat, Nov 30 - Hike back to Bright Angel camp along the North Kaibab trail (7 miles - 1,680 ft elevation loss)
Sun, Dec 1 - Leave Bright Angel camp and hike out of the Canyon via the Bright Angel trail (9.3 miles - 4,380 elevation gain) *Stay overnight in Maswik Lodge
Mon, Dec 2 - Leave for home
Total Miles (excluding day hikes): 30.1 miles
Total Elevation Gain & Loss (excluding day hikes): 12,520 ft
Elevation Range: 7,260 ft to 2,400 ft
South Rim - around 50 high/upper 20's low
Bright Angel Camp - Upper 60's high/40's low
Cottonwood Camp - 50's high/30's low
*These temps are averages and can vary widely if a front moves through. We will update these just before the trip when we have a better forecast.
No Dogs Allowed
Contact Jim or Bob F with any questions