Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Canyon
by Ron Adkison and Ben Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Ron Adkison and Ben Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I only went 1 1/2 miles down because I got started late in the afternoon and it was HOT!! My husband went down to Ooh-Ahh!Point which is the 1/2 way point of the trail, he called me to come join him about 3:00 pm and I'm SO GLAD I DID!!!! I'm not in as good of shape as I want to be but I DID IT!!! Next time I want to go further into the canyon.The Grand Canyon is truly an awesome work of God !!!!
This was our second hike during a very busy week at the canyon. I had expected many more people on this trail so I was pleased that it was only moderately crowded. Compared to many other trails into the canyon, this one is probably one of the easiest. Just remember that what goes down must come back up. Going down is extremely easy. It is a good workout on the climb back up. We encountered mule trains numerous times as they were working on the trail itself. This really didn't create much of a problem though. The views at Cedar Ridge are quite nice and there was thankfully a wonderful breeze. We wish we had left a bit earlier. There is a great deal more shade in the early morning hours. They are not kidding about taking plenty of water. There is no water available anywhere on this hike except at the trailhead itself. Plan accordingly. Wear appropriate hiking shoes. We saw folks wearing sandles and regretting it (go figure). Not a trail I would recommend for small children due to the steepness, heat, and drop offs. Otherwise, it's a great way to experience the canyon.
The descent was not taxing at all on this well worn trail. The first half, to "Ooh Aah" Point, is not very steep, while the second half to Cedar Ridge is a little more challenging. The return trip made for a good work out, especially on the lower half. The views are awesome along the entire trail and make it well worth the effort. Take adequate water and rest as needed and you'll be glad you went. I'd rate this trail as "moderate" on the stress level.
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