"Rest Stop on Bright Angel Trail" Bright Angel Trail Tip by zrim

  no water here until late spring
by zrim

I made my hike into the canyon in March. At first I was just curious to see what the trail was like, I did not intend to go very far, especially since the signs said crampons recommended and I was wearing sneakers. But I traversed my way past the treachurous ice fields and kept on going. I did not have any water on me and I soon noticed signs to the effect "water pump 1.5 miles." No problem, there was water on the trail. Uh uh. When I got to the pump house, a note informed me that it was closed for the season and would be re-opening on April 15th or some such date. Undeterred I went on because the map indicated a rest station with water even further down the trail. Of course, it was the same story. I went on to Indian Garden 4.5 miles from the trailhead, still no water. I admitted defeat and retraced my steps to the top--dehydrated but not defeated.

Address: Highway 64, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
Directions: just west of Bright Angel Lodge.
Phone: (928) 638-7888
Website: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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