As 5-million people a year can attest, looking over the rim of the Grand Canyon is breathtakingly beautiful. Words cannot describe, photographs cannot convey, paintings cannot depict and the mind cannot comprehend the vastness, wonderment, and magnitude of the Grand Canyon. The only way to begin to understand one of the seven natural wonders of the world is by hiking from one rim of the canyon to the other.
R-tinerary was not sure we were capable of conquering this feat. But with some training and planning, we did and you can, too!
Begin this trek, in lush green forests of maple, birch and oak trees alongside ponderosa pines and herds of bison. Lodging in cabins built in 1928, atop 8300 feet of elevation.
Then descend the narrow, steep North Kaibab Trail. Along the way, explore an unexpected and spectacular grotto, a spring providing drinking water to the visitors of the South Rim and a family’s former residence.
Finally, arrive at “America’s most exclusive lodge.” Here enjoy ranger-led programs in a small amphitheater, soak in Bright Angel Creek, and watch rafters drift along the Colorado River. Purchase a postcard carried to the rim by mules, enjoy a cold beer and a shower.
Listen to the rushing sound of the Colorado River as you ascend to the South Rim at dark. Watch the sun light up the walls of the canyon as the dawn breaks. And spy deer and birds in the oasis of Indian Garden.
End this excursion dirty, sore and with blisters. But, now, part of the 1% club having met the challenge of descending to the bottom of the canyon and back, basking in its solitude and having a better understanding of the sheer greatness of the canyon.
We detail the 10,000 feet of elevation we traversed. And the 65-degrees of temperature change we experienced along our route. Also, we describe the stops along this 24-mile journey.
Our guide includes logistics for travel before and after the hike, training suggestions, and must-carry items for this adventure.
R-tinerary has hiked R2R of the Grand Canyon. Let our guide help you to become a member of this 1% club!