July is probably NOT the best time to try this trail. Record heat wave, 90+ degrees and as would be expected very humid. Experienced the Grand Canyon in March 05, South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch, and back out in 3 days. Three days up and back to Gregory Bald was much more difficult with the heat. After a while everything looked the same, tree after tree & bush after bush..Did see deer, big buck on first night and 3 doe walked right up to us on day two on top at Gregory Bald. Early AM on day 3 we were 1/2 mile from camp pushing through large overgrowth, could hardly find the path, when about 20 feet to our right and just ahead the brush started to move, we found the real smokey the bear, as my wife said "it's a bear" - "it's a BIG bear", looked like his head was about 18-20" ear to ear. After a quick look he was gone into the brush. Big suprise near the end, trail description says there are 3 creek crossings with log bridges. Only one is stil there making wading the creeks a bit tenuous with fast moving water up to your knees and higher in the middle and slick moss on all the rocks. The last crossing was the only one with the log bridge. Be prepard to wade after the very long trek from the top. Overall would be good trip in spring or fall, skip the summer.