The Bright Angel Trail is one of the most popular and busiest trails within the Grand Canyon South Rim. The further you travel on the trail, the less populated it becomes with tourists and other hikers. The trail will take you to the beautiful oasis of Indian Garden which is manned by the National Park Service and beyond to the Colorado River. The trail is well maintained, offering seasonal water (May-October) and rest stations at the 1.5 mile rest house and 3 mile rest house.
The Bright Angel Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,826 ft (2,080 m), a minimum elevation of 2,486 ft (758 m), and an elevation gain of 7,720 ft (2,353 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Bright Angel Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|18,199||8.1 mi||2,486 ft||6,826 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|3.5 hrs||2.2||7,720 ft||26,861 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|4.8 hrs||21.2||26,861 ft||7,720 ft|
The length of the Bright Angel Trail is 8.1 mi (13.0 km) or 18,199 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Bright Angel Trail in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Bright Angel Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.
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