Hiking in the Grand Canyon
Solitude awaits hikers embarking on rim hikes along the the Grand Canyon. The north rim provides most of the same vistas seen on the more common south side, but with far less congestion. The northern side gives visitors the unique feeling they are all alone in nature's untouched, majestic landscape. Hikers who wish to reach the bottom of the inner canyon may find access from both rims.
Hiking the Grand Canyon is different from other wilderness experiences. Temperatures are extreme, and protection from the elements can be scarce. It is important for hikers to be well prepared and educated about their route before embarking. There are no easy trails into or out of the Grand Canyon!
- Temperatures are extreme (often above 100 F) in the summer. Hike early and late in the day, when it is cooler. Carry plenty of water and be certain to stop to drink at least every half hour.
- Maintain enough calories by snacking frequently on salty snacks.
- Don't hike alone.
- Rest often - for ten minutes, at least once an hour.
- Go slow. The high elevation can result in lack of oxygen.
- Hikers planning day hikes only should plan to arrive early at the park; parking is limited.
- The park recommends you not attempt to hike from rim to river and back in one day. Such a hike is a strenuous two-day journey for most people.
- Overnight trips require hikers to apply for permits. Apply early to get the date and itinerary of your choice.
- If you plan to hike down into the canyon, remember you will have to climb back out - probably when you are the most tired.
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