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Backpacking - Grand Cyn Rim to Rim (South Rim - South Kaibab to Bright Angel) 10/4-6/23

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


Wednesday -

Carpooling - 7:30 am - drive to South Rim (about 8 hours)

Make Camp - 4:00 pm - Mather Campground (reserve in advance)

Thursday -

Break Camp - 5:00 am

Hiking the South Kaibab Trail down to Bright Angel Campground (about 7 miles) - 5:30 am - 2-3pm

Make Camp at Bright Angel (need permit)

Friday -

Break Camp - 5:00 am

Hiking back up to South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail (about 9 miles) and then head home - 5:30 am - 3-4pm

Drive Home - about 11:30 pm


Activity: Backpack South Kaibab Trailhead (South Rim) to Bright Angel Trailhead (South Rim) - 16.6-mile point-to-point trail near South Rim, Arizona. Generally considered a challenging route. We backpacked down 7.2 miles to Bright Angel Campground to camp. The following morning, we hiked up the Bright Angel Trail 9.4 miles. This trail gets VERY hot and is VERY steep.

Gear: Thin T-shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, fleece jacket/puffy coat, beanie, rain jacket, shorts or thin hiking pants, running or hiking shoes, 3L of water, water filter (can rent), 8-10 snacks/day, 65+ liter backpack with waist belt, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, first aid kit, thin sheet/liner for sleeping, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (can rent), tent (can rent), headlamp, pj's, toiletries, dehydrated or backpacking meals,(dinner, BF, lunch, dinner, BF, lunch) cooking stove, mess kit, compass. Layers are a must! Temps range from 40's on the North Rim to 100 at the bottom of the canyon.

Rentals (for 2 days):

Tents (2 man - $13, 4 man - $22 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 2 man - $14, 4 man - $18 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Sleeping bags (0 degree - $22, 30 degree - $22 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 0 degree - $14, 30 degree - $10 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Sleeping pads (thermarest - $9 BYU Outdoors Unlimited, $8 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Backpacks (85 liter - $12 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 65 liter - $14 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Stove with fuel ($8 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; $8 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Mess kit ($8 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; $10 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

Water Filter ($6 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)

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