Phantom Ranch on the Canyon Floor
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Phantom Ranch on the Canyon Floor

The Grand Canyon Hiking Trails - It's a Day Hike Or a Stay Hike

So, hiking in the Grand Canyon. Naturally, everyone wants to go right to the bottom because of course, how could you not? But if you're going to the bottom, be prepared to stay there.
Phantom Ranch is where you'll stay for a canyon floor hike. Because it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to hike down to the bottom and back up in a day. And why is that, you may ask? I'm in terrific shape and I can certainly handle a measly 5-mile hike in one day, can't I? Haven't I run a mara
I mean, these are all the thoughts I had anyway. And I'll tell you why you can't handle this seemingly short hike in a day. If you go during the winter, the days are short.
And once the sun's gone down, you're in serious danger of freezing. It gets extremely cold there during the fall and winter. This is the desert after all. So what about summer?
Yes, the days are longer in the summer but they're also incredibly hot, especially here. The lower you go in the Canyon, the hotter it gets too. Because heat gets trapped at the bottom. And finally, yes, you might be able to do a 5-mile hike in an hour or 2. But in the Grand Canyon, if you're going down and coming right back up-
-you're in for one giant nasty shock of an uphill climb AFTER you've expended a lot of energy getting to the bottom. Most hikes go up and down in short bursts, not in one giant swoop.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
“If you're going to the floor, be prepared to stay there. ”
Phantom Ranch at the canyon floor
Phantom Ranch at the canyon floor
Phantom Ranch
Phantom Ranch

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