Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Burnaby, BC
Interest: hiking, climbing, travel, skiing
Hiking Grand Canyon in one day via South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails
We hiked Grand Canyon to Colorado River via South Kaibab trail and back to the rim via Bright Angel trail in just under 10 hours with our kids aged 10 and 12 on March 21, 2018. The total distance is 26 km, elevation change is 1500 m. The descent via South Kaibab trail was actually easy and enjoyable due to stunning views all along. No impact felt on the knees whatsoever. The ascent via Bright Angels trail was more physically demanding due to rising temperatures to +25 C (which actuall felt like +30 C or even higher, and this was late March).
The hike overall was less challenging that some trip reports on Trip Advisor suggested and I am sure that some fit hikers/trail runners over here could have done in half the time or maybe even less. But we are happy with our time, which exceeded our expectations (~12 hours).
We tried to book a spot at Bright Angel campsite at Grand Canyon, but it was fully booked 7 months in advance. I am glad it worked out for us and kids as a day hike.
Below are some pictures from the hike.