Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point
when Trip Report : October 26, 2013
  Trip Report : October 18, 2003
  Trip Report : October 5, 2000
  Trip Report : October 10-14, 1998
  Trip Report : April 8-12, 1998
  Trip Report : October 18-21, 1997
  Trip Report : February 22, 1997
where Grand Canyon National Park
the hike     This will be a three-day car camping trip on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, with an option to stay at one of the lodges for those who don’t want to camp out. We will drive up to the canyon on Friday morning, set up camp at Mather Campground, and try to catch a few viewpoints before dinner. On Saturday morning we will drive to the trailhead and hike down the Bright Angel Trail, making rest stops along the way at 1.5 Mile Resthouse, 3 Mile Resthouse, and finally Indian Garden before making our way out to Plateau Point overlooking the Colorado River, 1,260 feet below the point. The club last did this hike in October, 2003, so this venture will mark the ten-year anniversary of that trip. This hike will not only be a tough and challenging workout hike, but also a great introductory hike deep into the Grand Canyon for those who have never experienced it before. This is a hike you will not soon forget and may even whet your appetite for a full backpacking trip later.
    Water is available year around at Indian Garden, which is 4.6 miles from the trailhead, but may or may not be available at the two rest houses depending on freezing conditions at night. Typically by late October water to one or both rest houses will be shut off, so we each need to bring enough storage capacity with us to carry enough water to last from Indian Garden to the Rim, a hike that takes most people from 3 to 4 hours. So plan on taking plenty of water and plenty of food to snack on, especially for the hike back out where we will be burning up to 500 calories per hour. Restroom facilities are available at the trailhead, the 1.5 Mile Resthouse, and Indian Garden, but not at the 3 Mile Resthouse or Plateau Point.
    On Sunday we’ll take the park shuttle out to Hermit’s Rest and work our way back, by way of hiking the Rim Trail or taking the shuttle between lookout points. By early afternoon we will plan on stopping for lunch at one of the lodges and then make the drive back home.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 12.2 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC -+ 3,120' elevation change. Down, then up.
elevations 6,860 feet at Bright Angel Trailhead. 3,740 feet at Plateau Point.
type round trip
starting at
Bright Angel Trailhead 36° 3.474' N,  112° 8.503' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Bright Angel Trail, Plateau Point Trail
rating "A"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $25 per Private Vehicle for seven days, unless you have a Senior Pass. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Grand Canyon Village
meet For those who want to caravan together to the canyon, we will meet at our usual I-17 & Bell Road location behind Denny’s on Friday morning, October 25th at 9:00.
drive Head north on I-17 to Flagstaff where we’ll make a gas and lunch stop. We then take Highway 180 out of Flagstaff to its junction with Highway 64 which will take us to the South Rim of the canyon. We should arrive at the South Rim Entrance Station around 2:00 PM and at the campground well before 3:00 PM.

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