Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Hiking the Grand CanyonThe South Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic hiking destinations in the world. There are many options for day hikes—or, with advance planning, overnight treks into the canyon. Popular hikes include the South Kaibab Trail, the Hermits Rest Route, and the infamous Bright Angel Trail.
If taking the Hermit Trail from Hermits Rest, be sure to heed this Park Service description: "Unmaintained steep trail requires caution. Rocky and strenuous." This is a great hike with incredible views of the canyon from the South Rim. Elk and mule deer are common sights on the rim. There is also a bus route that goes along Hermit Road. Between March 1 and November 30 of each year, this route provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The Hermits Rest Route provides easier walking opportunities via the Rim and Greenway trails. Check schedules for pick-up spots.
The Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail head down into the canyon. Be aware that temperatures can vary by as much at 50 degrees or more between the rim and the bottom. The hike back up is strenuous, so be prepared to take twice as long to climb as it took you to hike down. Also bring plenty of water, as there is nowhere to fill up along the trail.
Sleeping accommodations on the South Rim vary in cost and amenities from simple campsites to well-appointed lodges. Plan ahead, as rooms book up in advance. There are also plenty of options for meals, gear, and shopping. The Park Service offers ranger-led hikes, talks, and exhibits for those interested in learning more about the canyon.
about 6 years ago
Hiking the South Rim in 6 inches of Snow!
I had just spent 6 months in the dry deserts of Phoenix, Arizona and knew it was time to head home to the Pacific Northwest. But not before stopping and seeing the mighty Grand Canyon. I traveled to Williams, Arizona where I boarded the Grand Canyon Railway. Winter was abundant in the high plateaus of Northern Arizona. Snow fell silently and covered the tracks in a blanket of white. I glided through the vastness of the American West toward my destination, the sugar pines weighted down in their winter coat, who knew the high desert could be so beautiful? I took my last drink of apple cider and stepped onto the platform. The snow crunched under my feet and the wind whipped the snow against my cheeks. I walked to rim and looked, it was enclosed in clouds. I traveled the edge of the rim undeterred by the winter storm, I walked and I waited and I was rewarded. Underneath the clouds was the single most amazing sight I have seen. A mile below the canyon was untouched by the snow and the sun poking through the clouds reflected the red rocks of the canyon floor. The contrast in both weather and light made for spectacular photography and a hike I will never forget.