Rising before the sun this morning, we eat a hearty breakfast in the canteen before beginning our 10-mile hike back to the South Rim. Our exit route follows Bright Angel, a classic Grand Canyon corridor trail. Unlike the South Kaibab Trail which follows a ridgeline, Bright Angel follows a natural fault, making it less exposed but equally awe-inspiring. After bidding an early farewell to Phantom, we cross the Colorado River and follow the trail as it snakes its way up to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens, our halfway point. After a short rest, we tackle the final steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the canyon’s Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge, our guide is nearby sharing helpful tips and stories to keep you energized along the way. Reaching the South Rim by early afternoon, we celebrate our epic accomplishment and gaze into the depths of the canyon one last time, enjoying a newfound appreciation for its hidden treasures that only a small percentage of visitors ever get to see. Loading into our van, we begin our drive back to Scottsdale, planning to arrive at our host hotel between 8–9pm this evening. Please do not schedule any flights out of Phoenix prior to 10pm. All meals included.
Hiking: 10 miles, Elevation gain: +4,300'; Van transfer: 4.5 hours