Choice of trails - Up to 19 km
Group numbers trekking in US National Parks are now limited to 9 people so over the next two days we will be split amongst four of the iconic routes descending into the Canyon. All these trails offer completely different views of the Grand Canyon and are amazing in their own right. We will attempt to ensure that you trek your first choices but this cannot be guaranteed. Everyone will be able to trek on either the South Kaibab or The Bright Angel and Hermits Trail or Grand View Trail. The descriptions follow:
Grand View Trail 10/11km: We transfer a short distance to Grandview for the easternmost of the four available options. This exciting and rugged trail descends almost 770m in 5km and is probably the trail where we will see fewest trekkers. Our important stops are at Coconino and lunch at Horseshoe Mesa before we return to the trailhead.
South Kaibab Trail 10/11km: We make our way to the trailhead for a tough but stunning trek that should push everyone hard. We descend 633m descent in 5km past the aptly named Ooh-Aah Point, Cedar Point and stop for a well earned lunch at Skeleton Point.
Hermits Trail 11km: We transfer west to the trailhead for a tougher day that descends more than 720m over 6km on a trail that alternates between very steep sections and long stretches of rolling terrain. Its perfect for those wanting a challenging hike with different views of the canyon and famously some natural springs. Exposure to sun, cliffs and exposed trails are unavoidable.
Bright Angel Trail 18/19km: The toughest of our options starts at 2093m and is a constant day descent to 756m to Indian Garden 1130m where the trail flattens out. The trail is exposed as we descend, the temperatures become increasingly hotter and we have lunch here with views over the Colorado River before our return to our accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accom: Camping