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Grand Canyon Hiking

Grand Canyon Hiking South Kaibab Trail

Easy Hikes:

Roosevelt Point Trail

0.2 miles


0 feet elevation gain

Directions: Located on the North Rim, this trail is a quite brief, private loop-style trail with breathtaking views and seating to take it all in. Trail is well marked from main North Rim parking area.

 Moderate Hikes:

Bright Angel Trail

9.8 miles


3,060 feet elevation gain

Directions: The most popular hike in the park, starts near Bright Angel Lodge. Travels down switchbacks to an oasis in the canyon Called Indian Gardens. Water is available at three stops along the way.

South Kaibab Trail

6 miles


2,040 feet elevation gain

Directions: Follows a steep ridgeline into the canyon, with fantastic views. There is little shade on the descent however, and no natural water sources.

Strenuous Hikes:

Hermit Trail

14.0 miles


3,840 feet elevation gain

Directions: Steeply unmaintained and rocky trail that descends from the South Rim to the river, passing fossilized reptile tracks. Trailhead is accessible by shuttle bus, just past Hermit’s Rest. There is no water on the trail and shade is scarce.

Grand View Trail

6.0 miles


2,500 feet elevation gain

Directions: Leads down to Horseshoe Mesa, where several mining relics remain, and then on to Cottonwood creek, which is mostly dry. There is no water and little shade on this trail.

Additional Hiking Info:

Permit Fees for Backcountry

There are several very important things to know about backcountry camping in the Grand Canyon. First off is the permit process, which must be applied for well in advance of your planned excursion. The earliest date to apply for a permit is 4 months in advance, but with a limited number of permits handed out each month, spots are filled quickly. Forms can be obtained from the National Parks Service website, http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm. A fee of $10 per permit and $5 per person per night applies to all rim and canyon campers. Permits must always be kept in possession while camping. Back country hikers should exercise extreme caution when camping in the summer or winter months, particularly on the North Rim and in the Canyon. Temperatures and weather can change rapidly on the north rim, while hiking in the canyon can be dangerous due to high temperatures and irregular water resources. Ask at ranger stations before attempting any backcountry camping.