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 length of the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is 7.8 miles and requires around 4.6 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 6,826 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 1.5 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 5.1 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Bright Angel Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Grand Canyon Topo Map: Download the free Bright Angel Trail topo map 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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