Hiking the Grand Canyon

The place is ineffably beautiful! If words thus are inadequate, I shall say no more.

Canyon Chuck (1989)

“Nearly everybody, on taking a first look at the Grand Canyon, comes right out and admits its wonders are absolutely indescribable, and then proceeds to write anywhere from 2,000 to 50,000 words giving the full details . . . When the Creator made it, He failed to make a word to cover it.”
– Irvin S. Cobb (1876 – 1944)Want to hike the canyon? If you plan to camp you’ll need a PERMIT from the Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Office.

Here’s another planning resource.

Or visit the National Park Service website to download maps.

(I’m still working on this page: nearly 30 years of Canyon hiking to report on.)

Click here for pictures of TransCanyon hike, July 2012Pictures of June 2004 trans-canyon trek

Click here for pictures of Canyon visit 2003

Click here for pictures of TransCanyon hike, June 2000

Click here to see how the Canyon looks right now.

December snowstorm, 2009

Christmas Eve, 2009

Here’s the Canyon in winter – February, 2000.
(Click on the images.)

Grand Canyon, looking north

Bright Angel Trailhead