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Springtime in the Grand Canyon - Rim to Rim to Rim .. at an enjoyable pace


This is a hike from the south rim of the GC to the north rim and back over 5 days and 4 nights. It is an entirely do-able hike and one which few ever get to do. I’ve done this hike 3 times in the last 13 months, but I have structured this a bit differently.

REQUIREMENTS:  You must have experience backpacking in the Grand Canyon.



The first day [masked]) we will hike down the Bright Angel Trail from Grand Canyon Village to the Phantom Ranch area, staying in the Bright Angel Campground near the intersection of Bright Angel Creek and the Colorado River. This is about a 9.3 mile hike. I have never hiked down this trail, but I have hiked up it close to a dozen times. We lose about 4315 feet of elevation over the 9 or so miles.


The second day [masked]) we will hike along the North Kaibab Trail from the Phantom Ranch area to Cottonwood campground for the next two nights. It is about a 7 mile hike, but very easy, it is hiking uphill, but along a creek. Elevation gain of about 1500 feet over the 7 miles. This is an “easy” day.


The third day, [masked]) we will leave our camp at Cottonwood hiking with a minimal pack (water and food only) to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is 7 miles up and 7 miles back down. The elevation gain is 4200 feet up and 4200 feet down. The trail is very good and while it is a significant effort, it is also a “bite off as much as you can chew” type of hike, where you can turn around at any point.


The fourth day [masked]) has us hiking from Cottonwood back to Bright Angel Campground along the same trail we hiked on the second day. This is a VERY EASY 7 mile hike. Since we lose 1500 feet over the 7 miles, it feels very good. That night we again sleep along the banks of Bright Angel Creek.


The final day [masked]) is our hike out of the canyon, this time up the South Kaibab Trail. We climb up 4665 feet in 7.1 miles. I usually hike in on this trail, but have decided on my last river to south rim hike that this is in fact easier. It is steeper, but has several flat-ish sections that I like. It is the more scenic than the more popular Bright Angel Trail, being for the most part along ridges with views of the whole canyon. Bright Angel is for the most part “inside” various side canyons.


COST: $50.00 non refundable deposit.  I will return $25.00 at the trailhead.  If we stay in a campground on April 10th, that will be included.  If we stay at Maswik or other motel, that will be extra.

PROCESS:  To join this trip do the following:

1) Sign-up on the Waiting List.

THEN:  I will contact you directly and if accepted for the trip you will do the following.

2) Send me an email to my private email address, AND

3) Send me the deposit, either by paypal (preferred) or by check to my home address.

THEN:  I will move you to the ATTENDING LIST.

Please direct any questions to me at clyde at kilgore dot com.


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  • Andrea Z

    FRIGGIN' AWESOME TRIP!!!! Thanks tons Clyde... can't wait to join you guys again soon!!!

    April 17, 2013

  • Clyde K.

    Thank you all for attending and making this a wonderful adventure.

    April 16, 2013

  • Peter

    I had a great time. It was a bit windy coming out but I truely enjoyed being around this group. Thank you so much Clyde.

    April 16, 2013

  • Clyde K.

    I have just extended the last invite and we currently have 11 backpackers on this trip.

    11 is the maximum size group that the NPS will allow for backpackers in the Grand Canyon.

    I will be offering additional Grand Canyon Trips in the future. If you wish to be included, let me know via personal email. Also, I am willing to lead groups you put together. This may be interesting to those of you who have never backpacked in the canyon before. The following three trips make a great introduction to the Grand Canyon.

    1) a one night trip to Indian Gardens, with optional hike to Plateau Point.

    2) a two night trip to Bright Angel campground (Phantom Ranch area) for one night, with a second night at Indian Gardens.

    3) a three night trip (this is my favorite "beginner's trip" with two nights at Bright Angel (with optional hike to Ribbon Falls), and a third night at Indian Gardens.

    More advanced trips are also possible if you have a group.


    clyde at kilgore dot com

    February 2, 2013

  • Andrea Z

    looks like Wanda and I are both coming!!!

    December 26, 2012

  • Jeri T.

    I can invite one of my San Diego friends if there is still room.

    December 25, 2012

  • Andrea Z

    Clyde, I'm looking for a San Diegan to carpool with me... know of anyone?

    December 25, 2012

  • Clyde K.

    I have invited 9 folks from the waiting lists to attend this trip. I have 1 extra slot that may open up 1st of February. If anyone drops off, I will add others from the waiting list. Maximum group size is 11. This trip is posted on SCBC, ABC and BC&H.

    December 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    plus 1

    December 20, 2012

  • Jeri T.

    Plus 1 guest - Jim Duffield

    December 20, 2012

  • Steve Wallin aka ".

    My schedule for that time slot is fluid, so if I make the list I might have to pass.

    December 20, 2012

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