The River Trail is situated along the Colorado River and connects the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail with Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground. There is little elevation change on the River Trail. There are two bridges that cross the river; the silver bridge and the black bridge.
The River Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,672 ft (814 m), a minimum elevation of 2,437 ft (743 m), and an elevation gain of 2,184 ft (666 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the River 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|
|4,124||1.8 mi||2,437 ft||2,672 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|54 min||0.0||2,184 ft||3,027 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|59 min||0.1||3,027 ft||2,184 ft|
The length of the River Trail is 1.8 mi (3.0 km) or 4,124 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the River Trail in 54 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 59 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free River 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.
Yes, and it's free! The River Trail is located on the Phantom Ranch topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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