Frequently Asked Questions

Where will we meet our guides?

Our guides will coordinate the best location to meet for your custom tailored experience days ahead of your scheduled hike. They will be in contact the evening before to confirm this location.

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When do hikes begin?

Depending on the hike and time of year hikes will begin between 6am and 8am on the South Rim.

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What equipment is needed?

We provide the following for each hiker:

  • Hiking guide

  • Trekking poles

  • Daypack

  • Snacks

  • Entrance fee

Each hiker should bring the following:

  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • 1-3L of water depending on length of hike

  • Rain jacket

  • For seasons other than middle of summer bring fleece/warm insulating layer of clothing

  • For Fall - warm hat/gloves

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Which trails do you hike and where do we meet?

South Kaibab Trail

 

The South Kaibab (“Kuy-bab”) Trail offers incredible panoramic views since most of it descends into the canyon along a ridge. It is one of three “Corridor” trails, which are about four feet wide and don’t descend as steeply as other Grand Canyon trails. After hiking down about a mile, you arrive at “Ooh Aah Point,” a scenic viewpoint where the side canyon opens up and you can see the canyon all around you. At 1.5 miles, you reach Cedar Ridge, which has an outhouse as well as a prominent flat ridge you can walk out on. Continuing down, the panoramic views start to change as you descend further into the canyon. Being on a ridge, this trail has fewer plants and little shade. You can expect to see mules sharing this trail with you.

 

Elevation change: Ooh Aah Pt – 760 ft, Cedar Ridge – 1,100 ft., Skeleton Pt – 2,000 ft.

 

Bright Angel Trail

 

The Bright Angel Trail begins in the historic village area at Grand Canyon and gives the hiker beautiful views of the canyon as well as the nearby cliffs. It is one of three “Corridor” trails, which are about four feet wide and don’t descend as steeply as other Grand Canyon trails. It has more shade than is found on the South Kaibab Trail, as it is in more of a side canyon. At 1.5 miles you reach 1 ½ Mile Rest House, which has water and an outhouse. Continuing down into the red Supai rock layer, you will see more views of the inner canyon as you descend further down. 3-Mile Resthouse, also has water and an outhouse and a great view of the Tonto Plateau below you. You can expect to see mules sharing this trail with you.

 

Elevation change: 1.5 Mile House – 1,100 ft, 3-Mile House – 2,100 feet

 

Hermit Trail

 

The Hermit Trail is descends into the Hermit Basin, a beautiful trail in a side canyon that has rich pioneer history as well as well as plenty of fossils to view within its rocks. It is a steep, rocky trail, often at a tilted slant, with at times large steps down. About one mile down the trail well preserved fossil tracks are found in the Coconino Sandstone layer. “Riprap,” the cobblestone-like construction of rocks in this layer are still in place from its initial construction in 1911. Below the Hermit Basin into the Supai layer, the trail reaches Santa Maria Spring at 2.2 miles. The spring still flows, and a pioneer-era shade structure still stands for people to enjoy a shady rest. The canyon views are visible but are more distant along this trail, while close-up geology, archaeology, plant and animal life abound in this intimate side canyon. 

 

Elevation change to Santa Maria Spring–1600 ft.

 

Grandview Trail

 

The Grandview Trail has sweeping views of the Grand Canyon and a distant view of the Colorado River. It is a very steep, narrow trail with large steps down, with the upper switchbacks cutting through a steep dropoff as you descend into the canyon. This is not the trail for anyone who is afraid of heights. Since the trail is 10 mile east of the Grand Canyon Village, you get a different perspective of Grand Canyon’s buttes and mesas. The trail is rich in history of miners building the trail to access one of the Grand Canyon’s the only profitable copper mines. The mine is on Horseshoe Mesa, three miles down the trail. Much of this trail work with log cribbing and cobble stone “riprap” remains intact from its 1892 construction.

 

Elevation change to Coconino Saddle–1,000 ft; Horseshoe Mesa–2,500 ft.

 

Tanner Trail

 

The Tanner Trail is near Desert View Watchtower, and it gives you great views of tilted Grand Canyon layers called the Grand Canyon Supergroup in the bottom of the canyon. In the top portion of it you see the river in the distance as it winds its way through the Supergroup layers. This trail is also rich in Native American and pioneer history as it has been a natural route for people traveling to the river for thousands of years. This trail is quite steep and narrow, and requires some negotiating down and around rocks along the trail. It is a demanding trail with beautiful views.