Our recommendation for hiking your first Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon is to hike it from North Rim to South Rim via the North Kaibab Trail (elevation 8,241 ft – 14.3 miles – mostly a descent) and the Bright Angel Trail (mostly an ascent – 9.6 miles – elevation 6,860 ft) which is estimated to be a total of 23.9 miles.
How long does it take to hike down into the Grand Canyon?
It will take most hikers between 4 and 5 hours to get to the campground on either trail. Oddly enough, very few people ask how long the return hike will take. The return hike may take twice as long, though 7 to 8 hours seems to be average.
How fit do you need to be to hike the Grand Canyon?
On your Grand Canyon hike, you’ll constantly be climbing stairs and walking over rocks, so you’ll need to condition your joints and muscles to handle them. The trails you choose should have an elevation gain of at least 1,000 feet.
What is the best month to hike the Grand Canyon?
Spring, fall and winter are the best times for hiking in the Canyon, and winter is a favorite for guides because you can escape the crowds and have it mostly to yourself.
What is the temperature at the bottom of the Grand Canyon?
with temperatures ranging from a low of 34ºF to a high of 62ºF. Average temperatures at Phantom Ranch in the inner-canyon ranges from a low of 55ºF to a high of 82ºF. Summer (June – August) Temperatures are typically 80+ºF at the South Rim and a bit over 100ºF (38ºC) at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.