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Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch

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Offline bjbriggs

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Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:00:31 AM »
I just got back from my hike to Phantom Ranch. I'm sore all over. We hiked down Bright Angel trail stayed two Days at Phontom Ranch. They served good food. Not much sleep in the bunk house with 10 people snoring. Hiked back out on the South Kaibab trail. The top of both trails were icy. We all had a good time. My Son hiked out in 3 hrs. It took me 6 hrs.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 10:28:05 AM »
Congrats and thanks for sharing. What were the temps at Phantom Ranch? I remember how sore I was when I did that hike. It's hard to train for something like that when you live in the flatlands.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010, 02:59:59 PM »
Congrats and thanks for sharing. What were the temps at Phantom Ranch? I remember how sore I was when I did that hike. It's hard to train for something like that when you live in the flatlands.


When we arrived Thursday it was 80 and got down to 55 that night.  Friday was 70 and Saturday it was 48 when we left.  The weather was nice.  I don't think I could have hiked it in 100 temp. They had a bunch of young people repairing the South Kaibab trail and was in good shape.  The Bright Angel trail was in Bad Shape. 

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010, 03:17:52 PM »
That switchback looks challenging, but anything is better compared to a Burro Trail, very nice pictures there.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010, 04:12:35 PM »
Son left you behind?! What the? That hike's a big accomplishment. Congratulations

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 04:24:09 PM »
Son left you behind?! What the? That hike's a big accomplishment. Congratulations

Yeah, He left me behind.  I thought he was going to be my Sherpa, but he left me behind.  I'm no Jeff Blaylock on the hiking.  :icon_lol:

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2010, 04:44:20 PM »
One of my most vivid memories of hiking out from Phantom Ranch to the rim is how I kept thinking we were finally getting close to the top when we rounded a corner and I saw all those switchbacks  :icon_eek:
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010, 05:05:51 PM »
Congrats on hiking out of the Big Ditch!  The South Kaibab is my favorite of the 2 main corridor trails.  No water on the SK trail, but awesome views compared to the Bright Angel trail.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2010, 07:55:18 PM »
Congrats on hiking out of the Big Ditch!  The South Kaibab is my favorite of the 2 main corridor trails.  No water on the SK trail, but awesome views compared to the Bright Angel trail.

I'm glad I did the South Kaibab.  We were going to go back on the Bright Angel again and meet these Lady's at Phantom Ranch and they told us how much better the views were on  South Kaibab.  I'm glad I did it.  It was beautiful.  I remember reading about you doing the hike and it  made me want to.......

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010, 10:53:07 PM »
You were wise to go early, it was almost too hot when I did it years ago.  We went down the SK and out the BA, since the elevation change seemed easier when it wasn't so steep.  I don't remember sleeping much at Phantom Ranch either but the baked potato they served was so good!  Next year, we are going to do rim-to-rim.  Who's in?

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2010, 11:01:22 PM »
6 hours to hike out via the South Kaibab trail is actually a very respectable time.  With only about 6 miles to climb 4750ft, the gradient is definitely steep.  

Shameless plug for Bob Ribokas's great resource site on the canyon.... here's the trail profile:  http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_ep_sk.htm

Seems like there are less tourists to deal with on the SK trail as well, since the trailhead is not right by the rim hotels.

I noticed the river is running silty in your pics... I sure hope the river clears up by the end of April, which is when my wife and I will be hiking down the Tanner trail to spend 4 nights along the Beamer trail.  Less silt will make for easier water filtering.  :)

This will be my wife's first hike in the canyon, so I hope the experience turns out positive for her.  This will be my first time down the Tanner trail, which sees far less maintenance than the corridor trails.  I'm hoping less people, too. :)
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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2010, 09:34:32 AM »
6 hours to hike out via the South Kaibab trail is actually a very respectable time. With only about 6 miles to climb 4750ft, the gradient is definitely steep.

Shameless plug for Bob Ribokas's great resource site on the canyon.... here's the trail profile: http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_ep_sk.htm

Seems like there are less tourists to deal with on the SK trail as well, since the trailhead is not right by the rim hotels.

I noticed the river is running silty in your pics... I sure hope the river clears up by the end of April, which is when my wife and I will be hiking down the Tanner trail to spend 4 nights along the Beamer trail. Less silt will make for easier water filtering. :)

This will be my wife's first hike in the canyon, so I hope the experience turns out positive for her. This will be my first time down the Tanner trail, which sees far less maintenance than the corridor trails. I'm hoping less people, too. :)

They say less than 1% of the people who go to the Grand Canyon make it down to the bottom.  I know you wife will enjoy the trip.  Have Fun.  Those tourists are crazy.  They were going down the icy top of SK trail slipping and sliding. My Son said 3 people the day before we came out and slipped and broke their wrists.  We took clap ons, I sure glad we did, the ice was slick.    The river was muddy.  Here are some photo's
« Last Edit: March 23, 2010, 01:32:39 PM by bjbriggs »

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2010, 11:34:01 AM »
You were wise to go early, it was almost too hot when I did it years ago.  We went down the SK and out the BA, since the elevation change seemed easier when it wasn't so steep.  I don't remember sleeping much at Phantom Ranch either but the baked potato they served was so good!  Next year, we are going to do rim-to-rim.  Who's in?
I think I will need 2 years rest before my next attempt.  Are you going in and out the same rim?

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2010, 01:09:49 PM »
Enjoyed your pictures and trail descriptions.  I'm hoping to make that hike at the end of April.  This opportunity materialized very quickly and I'm finding that the Grand Canyon isn't the best place for spontaneous travel.  Phantom Ranch is full and so are Bright Angel Campground and Indian Gardens.  I'm hoping that something will open up for one of the campgrounds at the last minute and I can get a backcountry permit.  Of course I'm also hoping for a winning lotto ticket too :icon_biggrin: 

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2010, 01:16:33 PM »
Enjoyed your pictures and trail descriptions.  I'm hoping to make that hike at the end of April.  This opportunity materialized very quickly and I'm finding that the Grand Canyon isn't the best place for spontaneous travel.  Phantom Ranch is full and so are Bright Angel Campground and Indian Gardens.  I'm hoping that something will open up for one of the campgrounds at the last minute and I can get a backcountry permit.  Of course I'm also hoping for a winning lotto ticket too :icon_biggrin:  

Its hard to get permits, I tried getting reservations to Phantom Ranch for over 3 years.  I had to call a year early to get reservations for 8 people.  A lot of people just go there in person and see whats open and get reservation,  It makes it hard on people who live a long ways away.  Good Luck.... I posted 4 more photo's here..
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