When embarking on a hike in the Grand Canyon, the first thing you need to do is choose the trail. According to the brochure we picked up at the Information Office, there are four options; Bright Angel Trail, North Kaibab Trail, Plateau Point Trail, River Trail, and South Kaibab Trail. We were advised to read them carefully because each trail is different, and our choice should depend on our levels of strength and endurance.
Personally, I recommend The Bright Angel Trail. You learn when hiking the Grand Canyon that there are two things you can’t get enough of, water and shade. The Bright Angel trail has three water stations, the first is available at the Mile-and-a-half Resthouse, the Three-Mile-Resthouse, and The Indian Garden.
I sit here now writing this blog post and feeling absolutely delighted with myself that I completed the hike, it was a feeling of achievement which was completely unparalleled. However, I am now in a position of authority to talk and advise how to approach this hike because we did it in the wrong way. We were pretty unprepared as it happens, and my boyfriend is a Scout leader. Shame!
These tips are based on the mistakes we made. Don’t follow in our footsteps, learn from our errors.
So, there they are, my tips for hiking the Grand Canyon. I suppose the last one is to enjoy it; it is absolutely amazing and by far one of the coolest experiences. I will never forget the feeling of finally reaching the top and walking out that gate, it’s a moment that can only be improved by someone standing and waiting to hand you a cold beer as you exit. My advice is to go the restaurant and get a Navajo burrito, nothing will ever taste better. Also, if you’re staying on the grounds in one of the campsites, here’s a word of warning. Avoid the elk. They wander freely and may even walk past you, if this happens, ignore. They are not looking to make friends!