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Bright Angel Trail Bright Angel Trail, South Rim The Bright Angel trail offers wonderful views all along the trail and makes it very easy to loose track of how far down you have hiked. Be aware of how far you have hiked, the steepness of the trail is very misleading on the way down. Even though the Bright Angel has water along the trail, you need to carry water. A common mistake is not carrying water and not carrying enough water. When hiking in a group, each person should be carrying water; carrying for the group is a common mistake. Always remember to eat as well as drink while hiking, you will be using alot of energy when hiking the canyon.

Trailhead Information below

Bright Angel Trail







YIELD to Mules and Hikers going Up-Hill.

Trail Condition:

Steep. Well defined. Some shade on trail, mostly from canyon walls and dependent on time of day.

Directions to Trailhead:

Between Bright Angel Lodge and Village Route Transfer bus stop. Follow path along rim, starts by mule corral.

Trailhead Elevation:

6785 Feet

Services:

Ranger Station at Indian Garden. Assistance through mule trains and randomly patrolled by rangers. Water and restrooms available at trailhead.

Note:

Seasonal trail water (May - September), subject to pipeline breaks. Check at Visitor Center or Backcountry Information Center for water status.
Destination Distance (in Miles) Elevation Feet
(Destination)
Services: W = Water; T = Toilet/Restroom; E = Emergency Phone
To Destination Round
Trip
Services Notes
W T E
1st Tunnel 0.18 0.36 6708       Not too steep, good for view in the canyon.
1st Switchback 0.45 0.9 6560       Good turn-a-round point for small children. Trail will start getting steeper.
2nd Tunnel 0.75 1.5 6240       Steep switchbacks after tunnel.
1.5 Mile Resthouse 1.5 3 5720 X X X Water available seasonally only. Good turn-a-round for first time canyon hikers, causal hikers, and late starters.
2 Mile Switchback/Corner 2 4 5490       Trail sign marks location, trail will get steeper from here.
3 Mile Resthouse 3 6 4760 X   X Water available seasonally only. Great turn-a-round point.
Indian Gardens 4.6 9.2 3800 X X X Water available year round. Need to get an early morning start and be in good condition. It is not recommended to go past this point as a SUMMER day hike.
Plateau Point 6.1 12.2 3770       View of the river. NO shade. This hike is extremely strenous due to the distance.


WARNING: Do Not attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day!

Colorado River 7.9 15.8 2400 Hiking to the river or Phantom Ranch as a day hike is not recommended! The distance, temperature and elevation change cause even the most experienced hikers to have difficulty. This could result in the hiker needing medical help and can result in death.
Phantom Ranch 9.6 19.2 2546

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