We get a jump on the day with an early breakfast, allowing us more hiking time on Bright Angel Trail, one of the Grand Canyon’s legendary corridor trails. We set out with the goal of hiking 2,000–3,000 feet down below the rim, descending through the canyon’s geological layers and taking in the breathtaking scenery. If conditions are perfect, we hike down as far as Indian Garden, an impressive 4.6 miles and 3,040 vertical feet into the canyon. Our guides ultimately determine our turnaround point, but regardless of how far we descend, this hike promises to stay forever etched into our memories. In the Grand Canyon, “down is optional, but up is mandatory,” so after our picnic lunch we begin the ascent back to the rim. Though today’s hike can be challenging, the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment when we reach the rim is palpable! Back at camp this afternoon, we relax with our hiking companions and guides, feasting on another delicious dinner before climbing into our tents for a good night’s sleep. All meals included.
Hiking: 6–10 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +3,000' / -3,000'