Hike Plateau Point via Bright Angel Trail

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You'll witness possibly the most mind blowing sunsets you'll ever see. Get the opportunity to view the Grand Canyon from the inside looking out, not to mention, you'll be getting great exercise.

Start off at Bright Angel Trailhead, then hike down into the Grand Canyon on one of the higher-quality trails. Hiking down to Plateau Point (furthest option) is well worth it.

The hike down is a total of 6 miles, with a 3,000 foot drop in elevation. As you can imagine, this means the way back out will be a little more challenging. The first 4 miles take you to the base of the canyon and the following 2 miles will lead you past Mather Campground to a scenic overlook of the Colorado River -- remember to bring your hat as this area is exposed. In fact, the whole 2 miles at the bottom is exposed and can reach temperatures up in the 100s (even in May). The water spickets are approximately every 1.5 miles, so plan accordingly.

The trip has several spots to get water and a couple bathroom stops on the way down. This trail is not very technical, but can be pretty challenging on the way down and back up. There are rescues every year for folks who don't factor in the difficulty that can be brought on due to the weather. Make sure you do your research and bring adequate supplies (water, shade, food).

If you want to stay overnight and make this an early or late day hike, there are sites available at Mather Campground.

Distance

12 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Photography, Hiking

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Picnic Area
Scenic
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This is a great trail for a run in the Grand Canyon too! Autumn or Spring are the best time for temps in the canyon.

Great vistas of the canyon!

Great trail that winds down into the canyon. The views are breathtaking. It is a well-traveled trail so expect some company. Great hike to do if you are short on time because you can make it as short or long as you prefer.

By starting over on the north rim and spending 2-3 nights hiking the 30 miles to the south rim and up Bright Angel allows you to truly see the beauty and diversity the canyon has to offer! And yes, 3am wake-up calls are an absolute must to beat the heat on the trail. Such a must-do.

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