Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Plateau Point day hike at GC
when September 30, 2023 Saturday
when Trip Report : October 9, 2021
  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 day trip on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will drive up to the canyon on Friday evening. 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 Havasupai Garden (old name Indian Garden) before making our way out to Plateau Point overlooking the Colorado River, 1,260 feet below the point. 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 Havasupai 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 Havasupai 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.
    You can leave immediately after the hike or depart on Sunday morning please text leader before leaving so we will know that you are safe and sound.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 2 liters down 3 liters up of water
•  Hiking poles
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  CKnee braces
distance 14 miles
time 7-8 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 36.057282° N,  -112.143610°' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Bright Angel Trail, Plateau Point Trail
rating "A"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $30 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
leader    co-lead by Tom Simonick. Email the leader to confirm. Required: you must email the leader.
You must approved by the leader before participating in this hike. Include your cell phone address in your email.
meet 6:45 am at Bright Angle Trailhead 36.057282 N, -112.143610 W [NAD27] .
The Trailhead is at the plaza near the row of bathrooms.
drive Head north on I-17 to Flagstaff. We then take Highway 180 or I-40 out of Flagstaff to its junction with Highway 64 which will take us to the South Rim of the canyon.
Hotels : Williams (cheaper), Tusayan (closer)

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