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  1. Looking to trade keys with someone!

    My wife and I are hiking South to North from the morning of 6/20/18 to the afternoon of 6/23/18. Not sure which trail we’re using from the South side but ideally we could trade keys and take your car from the North Kaibab trailhead to a meetup place! And of course we would give you our keys so you could take our car from the South Rim.

    Let me know if you’re interested.

  2. SCourtney says:

    We are a couple from CA hiking May 16-17, 2018 North to South. Planning to park at North rim. We will need to get back to the North afternoon of May 17. Hoping to leave South early to mid afternoon on May 17. Hope we can coordinate with another rim2rim person!

    • You can, of course, get the shuttle if you can’t secure a connection and that leaves around 1:00 if memory serves.

      I did the R2R with a friend in fall ’16. I have a story in here somewhere. I now have another friend who wants to go and we have secured lodging at or near the rims for next October. In ’16, it took us 10.5 hours to go north to south. My companion to be wants to go R2R2R-something I never thought I would consider. The problem is that I am old! I will be 69 in October. My friend is a little younger and still does the occasional (albeit slow) marathon, so I’m not worried about him. I told him that I would need a day in between. We plan on north to south to north, coming up Bright Angel and returning the “short” way down South Kaibab.

      I know there are plenty of (mostly younger) folks who have just turned around and gone right back-that’s not for us. I am wondering if anyone can tell me about their experience with doing this hike a.) on consecutive days or b.) with a day in between as we are planning. I was not really sore after the last like, but I was definitely tired.

      Also, can anyone give me an impression of how the last part of North Kaibab compares with the last 4 miles of Bright Angel? About the same, harder?

      Thanks for any advice.

  3. Hi Everybody,
    I’ve booked in Phantom Ranch to do the rim2rim2rim from the 20th of august to the 24th… For the moment I’m alone to do it.
    I’m worrying about that.
    Has someone planned to do it at that time?
    I’m coming from France, I’ve already done south kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel trail 2 years ago.
    I’ve read that it was not recommended to do the North Kaibab trail in one day. What do you think of that?
    Thanks for your help!

  4. Two of us just got permits from May 13th-15th, going from South Rim to North. We need to get back to South on 16th. Checking if

    1 Anyone has room in their car going from North to South.


    2 Swap car keys and meet half way.

    • Christa Davidson says:

      How did you get your permit already? I thought it was only 4 months in advance…

      • I applied on December 29th and got them on January 5th.

        “Permit applications for start dates in June 2018 will be considered starting 02/01/2018 — you may fax these in as early as 01/20/2018. All June 2018 requests received by 5pm MST on 02/01/2018 will be placed in random order before being considered.”

    • If you can wait until the 17th May, my wife will be driving from North Rim to south rim with room to carry people. We are hiking across that day. – Chris

  5. We are hiking North Rim to South rim, June 1 & 2.
    Looking to find someone to drive our car from north trailhead to Bright Angel trailhead either June 1 or 2.
    We can drive your vehicle south to north on June 2 or June 3. Can drive all the way or arrange to meet somewhere.
    If someone going south to north has room for 2, more than willing to share cost of gas. Would need to be afternoon or later on June 2 or morning of June 3.
    We would like to avoid the shuttle. Thanks

    • I forgot to add. We have 2 extra reservations for male dorms, dinners, breakfasts, sack lunches the night of June 1. Willing to work out some deal with transportation and reservations.

    • Hi Don,
      We are hiking South Rim to North Rim on May 31. We have a one night stay at North Rim Lodge, and then return to South Rim on June 1. We would be delighted to ditch the shuttle and drive your car instead.

      We are a 50-ish couple from Denmark. We day hiked R2R in 2016, and simply have to do it again.

      If interested, you may contact me at jesper (at) rovsing (dot) biz

  6. Is anyone going to be hiking or staying at phantom ranch or bright angel campground on August 8th or 9th? We’re hiking down North Kaibab on the 8th, staying two nights at Phantom Ranch, and going up Bright Angel on the 10th.
    Email: lljr.gcr2r@gmail.com

    • This is a link to a google doc that I wrote about our experience in 2016.

      Hopefully it may be useful to someone who has not yet undertaken the trip.

      Click HERE to a secure link of Jeff’s recap.

    • We are hiking the same direction (North to South) on the same dates so also looking for someone to swap key with as well. Thanks. lizpricedc@gmail.com

  7. My friends and i are hiking r2r on Nov 16th- 18th, from south to north. Leaving our car at southrim. Looking for someone who needs their car driven from north rim to south rim on the 18th. Or someone who’ll drive our rental from south to north, on the 16th 17th or 18th.

  8. parking car on north rim this friday (11/10)
    need car on south rim this sunday am (11/12)
    anyone willing to SWAP KEYS???

    • Nichole Dreher says:

      Hi 🙂 No need to swap keys – but I’ll drive your car over to South Rim on the 11th! We are leaving Camp Pendleton around 0300 tomorrow (the 10th), and checking in to Mather Campground that afternoon. The trek down/up to river is a bit too long for our kiddos, so I asked my husband to drive around the rim anyway/find a river access point. If you’re willing to text me your cell # and leave your keys in your car, I’ll drive your car back aroud to our campground at the South Rim 🙂 nine10-581-9three21

      – Nichole

  9. hi
    can anyone tell me what the closest motel/hotel is to trail head on south rim? place to walk directly too after hiking up from a R2R? thanks!!

    • Kachina, Maswik, El Tovar, Bright Angel and Thunderbird – all managed by Xanterra Resorts. Maswik may be best bet as check-in is on site and there is a cafeteria. You all most likely be exhausted so food and beverages on site will be critical.

  10. Kimberly Richardson says:

    I am hiking R2R 11/4 from north rim to south via north kaibob and bright angel; finishing 11/5. I am looking for anyone that is hiking in the opposite direction that would like to swap keys! Please contact me if you are interested. kimrichardson10@ymail.com

  11. Hey, im looking for a key swap for the rim to rim hike for a trip starting the 16th on the south rim and ending the 18th on the north. I would ideally drive someone’s car from the north rim to the south rim on the afternoon of november 18th. Also open to some one driving our rental car from the south rim to the north rim. We are beginning our hike on the 16th at noon.

    I would also be open to splitting the cost of a shuttle with a group making the same trip we are. I have 4 people and the shuttle company said they would schedule a pick up if we had two more.


  12. hello fellow hikers

    1. approx. number of hours to hike to phantom ranch from north rim in november for fit, experienced hiker?ballpark
    2. where to spend night on north rim in november since all accommodations closed?
    3. is it possible feasible to take early shuttle to north rim from south before starting the hike? are there shuttles running super early?
    4. anyone else hiking down nov. 10 and back up on nov. 11th and want to car swap move cars around??? i am solo and trying to figure out logistics – any advice appreciated!!!!!

  13. Looking for Key Swap or someone that needs their car driven to the North Rim. I haven’t a bed yet at phantom ranch, but I’m hopeful of picking up a cancelation. If the North Rim is open, hoping to drive someone’s car to the North rim on Nov 17th and then that evening at phantom ranch give them back the key. I’m 37 with only one ticket which was 20 years ago. Drive like a granny. This would be for a sole hiker.

    Email: hanicka30@yahoo.com

    • I know have a bed at phantom ranch. Still looking for a key swap or someone that needs a car driven to the N. Rim on Nov 17th

  14. Hello Everyone,

    Embarking on my first R2R this November! So excited. Unfortunately our friends bailed and we are trying to avoid having to do a R2R2R. If anyone has any of the following for 2 ppl let me know:

    a) transportation to the North Rim on Fri. Nov 3rd with space for 2 at Cottonwood Campground
    b) early morning transportation to the North Rim on Saturday Nov 4th
    c) an afternoon ride from the North Rim to the South Rim on Monday Nov. 6th

    BONUS: I have 1 EXTRA male dorm night and 1 EXTRA female dorm at Phantom on Sat. Nov 4th that I haven’t cancelled yet to trade/barter.

    • Kimberly richardson says:

      Hi! I am also doing rim to rim that weekend. I am going north to south. I’m willing to talk about a ride and potentially car swapping. Let me know if you’re interested and we can talk more!

  15. Lori Gilbert says:

    Is there anyone hiking rim to rim sometime during the week of Oct. 9th – 13th that would want to do a key swap. We are hiking from the North rim to the South rim.

  16. hello
    i scored a cancellation for phantom ranch mid november
    plan of doing hike in two days
    coming from LA area
    1. all these posts discuss the heat but i am wondering about weather/temps mid november- anyone done it then?
    2. is S-N or N-s preferable at that time of year? will road to N rim be open nov 10th? and best place to stay? how to get to trail head form motel at dawn?
    any advice much appreciated

    • Hi Jess. Most of the answers to your questions are on our hike-it page on this website. November can be a great time to hike it. Best bet is to look at forecasts from previous years to gauge average temps. North Rim Road is open and we always recommend North to South first time around but you will not have accommodation options that time of year at North Rim but since you have a reservation at Phantom either route would work.

      • thanks of the info
        so all accommodation on north rim closed by nov 10?

        • hello
          looking for answers to following questions:
          1. approx. number of hours to hike to phantom ranch from north rim in november for fit, experienced hiker?ballpark
          2. where to spend night on north rim in november since all accommodations closed?
          3. is it possible feasible to take early shuttle to north rim from south before starting the hike? are there shuttles running super early?
          4. anyone else hiking down nov. 10 and back up on nov. 11th and want to car swap move cars around??? i am solo and trying to figure out logistics – any advice appreciated!!!!!

  17. Anyone have a permit for 2 extra people @ Cottonwood campground on Oct. 3?
    And/or @ Indian Gardens on Oct. 6?

  18. Looking for a ride or someone that needs their car driven from the South to North rim this Saturday on Sept 23.

    I am hiking the North rim Sept 23, night at Phantom ranch and up Bridge Angel Sept 24th. It only takes me 6 hours to get up Bridge Angel, so I can drive someones car on 24th and have it there in the afternoon OR drive the car to the North rim 23rd before heading down.

    I am one person. Drive like granny. Email me at hanicka30@yahoo.com and we can exchange phone numbers.

  19. I have a reservation at Phantom Ranch for 1 male and 1 female in the dorms for this Friday, September 15th, 2017. I am wanting to trade it for a cabin reservation OR a bright angel camping permit as my husband and I would like to sleep together that night. Any interest please email me hrboyd77@yahoo.com

  20. Will be doing R2R last week in Sept. Plan on side trip to Ribbon Falls. Has anyone been to Ribbon Falls this season , and if so how did you access trail. My understanding is that the bridge to Ribbon Falls is closed. Appreciate any update.
    Also hiking partner unable to make trip have 1 spot opening on permit. Permit is 1 night Cottonwood, 1 night Bright Angel , Going north to south. If interested in joining old slow hiker
    let me know. Understand difficulty in obtaining permit and would hate to have spot unused.

  21. Jathan Van Winkle says:

    Completed my very first R2R on August 27; what an amazing experience! I started at 4:15am on the North Rim and finished at Bright Angel TH at 3:00pm; I took my time heading up the South Rim and took plenty of breaks. The views are amazing and nothing beats being in the moment to allow all your senses to soak up this magical place. This site was the inspiration to my accomplishment; thank you for fueling the dream!

    Best of luck to those visiting this site in advance of your journey, may you have safe passage.

    “A human life, like any mountain trail, winds and twists through a very complicated, ever-changing landscape, taking unexpected turns and ending up in unexpected places” – John Muir

    • Jathan,

      Congratulations on your hike and welcome into the Rim to Rim Club® of the Grand Canyon! Sounds like you had an amazing first hike and so happy to hear that our website helped you! The memories will only get stronger and we know for sure you will be called back to the canyon! Proud to welcome you into the club!

  22. Looking for advise on North Rim to River to North Rim. The .gov website say that this should under no circumstances be attempted. I am looking at a mid-September attempt. I am fairly fit, used to hiking, and have done 50m in Colorado. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    • not sure why the website says not to attempt. many people do, although, it is much steeper going out that way than it is to hike out on the South Rim.

  23. Hi!! My husband and I are doing R2R North to South on September 22 and are looking for someone to drive our rental car to the South Rim or do some sort of key swap where we don’t have to go back to the North Rim (like meet in Flagstaff on the 23rd or something). Please email me if anyone is interested or has contact information of a company or something that would do this. Thanks! Shelbyewilson@gmail.com

  24. I’m finally a member! I took my time (4 days) and used the wonderful Wildland Trekking Company to achieve this lifelong goal: North Rim to Cottonwood Campground & Cottonwood Campground to Bright Angel Campground on the North Kaibab Trail; Bright Angel Campground to Indian Garden Campground & Indian Garden Campground to the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail. I keep bursting into tears when I try to think seriously about it. I’m not sure I would have ever really done it if I hadn’t stumbled across this website during the fantasy phase, so thank you so much for helping to share the beauty and enchantment of the Grand Canyon rim to rim hike!

    • J.N. – Congratulations on your hike! So happy to hear it all went well and hope you are so proud of your accomplishment! The canyon provides memories of a lifetime and no doubt you will be back even if for just a trip to look back at what you hiked!

  25. Hi everyone!

    I have a permit for a two night hike from South Kaibab to North Kaibab on Friday 11/17/17- Sunday 11/19/17. I intend on driving to North Kaibab on the Thursday 11/16/17, then either getting a shuttle to South rim at 2pm with Trans-Canyon, OR doing a key swap with someone prior doing the opposite route (my car is a two-seater so will have to be a group of 2). Trans shuttle will offer a ride but we need at least 4 more hikers to make it economical ($90pp). So, if you need a shuttle from North to South Kaibab on 11/16/17 at 2pm, or you’re looking to do the North to South Kaibab hike as a group of 2 and want to swap keys, please do get in touch! Thank you.

  26. My husband, daughter and I are doing R2R, north to south Saturday September 23.

    Looking for either 1. a ride from South Rim to North Rim or Jacobs Lake on Friday September 22 or 2. (possibly) someone who needs their car picked up at South rim and dropped at the North rim 🙂

    email Krissy @ kawilcken@gmail.com
    Thank you!

  27. Sheng Ye says:

    I made it!! Day hiked Bright Angel to North Kaibab on 7/8 from 4am to 4pm, scorching heat down at The Box and heat exhaustion is a real killer!!! Lucky it was a bit of overcast at some part of the hike and I drenched myself in cold water whenever I can, otherwise I don’t think I’d made it!! Last 5 miles were the toughest journey of my life yet, what an experience!!

    I’ll definitely be back next time maybe on a cooler month, staying at North Rim is also highly recommended as there’s way less of a crowd compare to South Rim.

  28. mark olsen says:

    HEY ALL-

    Hiking N rim to S rim 9/14/17-9/17. Looking for folks also hiking during this time who might want to do a KEY SWAP! Any tips on how to find such people or if you are hiking S to North on any of those days. Email me: markwalterolsen@gmail.com


  29. Hi fellow adventurers! We are two older gals and want to ‘Hike Smart’ but unfortunately our request for camping permits was denied. We have reservations for Phantom in October but would like to camp halfway down and again halfway up. We do NOT want to give up our reservations at the ranch as they are so hard to get, and also this is a special occasion hike for us. My friend and I hiked the canyon for the first time together when we worked there 40 years ago! We are doing an anniversary hike, but obviously don’t want to have to be ‘rescued’ from the trail. We did everything we could to hike smart, but the gods were not with us for the campground lottery. Hoping someone here can help us. We (two of us) are looking for a spot at Cottonwood Campground on the night of Oct. 3, 2017, and then at Indian Gardens on Oct. 6, 2017. Was hoping that perhaps there was a group that had a couple of open spots that we could fill. Our entire trip is scheduled, airfare from opposite coasts, hotel rooms, Phantom, everything except those two nights. We are being realistic. At the age of 59 we are in ‘good’ shape, but not ‘excellent’ shape. We have hiked it many times, so we are quite aware of what we are up against, and that is why we KNOW that we need to hike slow and rest. We are willing to pay extra for a spot if anyone can help us out. Thanks!

  30. steve downham says:

    We snagged a cancelled spot at Phantom for July 27. Well aware of heat issues, that said, we plan to start from North Rim very early July 27, then depart from Phantom very early on 28th.
    Have reservations at Kaibab Lodge on 26th and 28th and hope to return around canyon from South side on 28th, shuttle seems possible but would prefer to find someone who needs their car driven to the North side on this date. Plan to leave our car at North Rim throughout the trip.

  31. Scott Williams says:

    Planning a single day North to South rim to rim for Monday September 4th (Labor Day). I would like to start the hike at about 11PM on September 3rd so as to avoid the heat and have breakfast at Phantom Ranch before heading up Bright Angel. This will be my third rim to rim. Should be close to a full moon so a night hike will be well lit (and cooler). Company is always welcome.

  32. Char Angell says:

    Hi, I am in my 50’s and will be hiking with my 23 year old daughter N Rim to S Rim; spending the night at Phantom Ranch. The only time we could both do this is the first week of July. I have my reservations all set. I am concerned about the heat since we are going directly down NKaibob Trail to Phantom Ranch in 1 day. So we will be hiking through The Box after 10am and most likely during the heat of the day. I have researched this and we are both training, and I see posts that people have done this during the summer. Just looking for the practical side of this regarding the heat and any hints so we stay safe. Thanks!

    • Char, sometimes in July the weather plays in your favor and sometimes not as July and August is monsoon season. Key is to watch the forecasted weather 10 days out. The canyon (right now) is crazy HOT especially at Phantom and in “the box” because of the record heat. Key is ALWAYS to leave as early as you can and follow the guidelines on our hike-it page of this website.

    • Hi Char,
      We did a Rim to Rim last week end (16th and 17th). We left the North Rim at 4:00 AM and reached Phantom Ranch around 11:00. We all agreed we timed it right as “the box” wasn’t as bad as we expected. My recommendation is when keeping an eye on the weather, if it is going to be crazy hot, cancel breakfast and sack lunch (which wasn’t worth it), pack enough extra food for those meals and get out early. We had a 5:00 AM breakfast seating and it was fairly empty as a lot of hikers decided getting on the trail super early was more important. We had no problems with the first half but the second half of the trip up was brutal. Some of that might have been psychological as the thermometer at Indian Garden showed 120 degrees at 9:00. As many people recommend, wear cotton and get it wet any chance you have, that helped me a lot. Good luck, have fun and take the time to appreciate the beauty of the hike.

  33. Eric Robinson says:

    I just reviewed the excessive heat warning in the Canyon. I am intending on doing R2R2R in two days starting Sunday. Is this a mistake in general given the heat forecast?

  34. Hi, we are (two people) looking for a ride or keys exchange for rim2rim hike.

    Our itinerary:
    Sept. 1 (Friday) – Arrive south rim, sleep at south rim lodge.
    Sept. 2 (Saturday) – Day hike from south rim to north rim, and plan to drive back to south rim (or somewhere else we could swap cars back) that night.

    Is anyone doing r2r from North to South and ending in Sept. 2? We’d like to swap keys. Or is there anyone planning to drive from north rim to south rim that night?


  35. Hi, we are a couple doing the r2r and looking for a ride or keys exchange. Our itinerary:

    June 18 – Reach north rim, sleep at North Rim campground
    June 19 – Descend from north rim, sleep at Cottonwood campground
    June 20 – Hike to Bright Angel campground
    June 21 – Hike out to Bright Angel trailhead on the south rim

    Is anyone going by car from the south to the north rim in June 18 and can give us a lift? or is anyone doing r2r from South to North and ending in June 21? we’d like to swap keys.

  36. Anyone completed a r2r in mid-October? Concerns for this timeframe? Looking to go north to south Oct 21-22nd.

  37. Anyone hiking south to north rim on June 7 interested in a key swap? We’re a group of three day hiking north to south rim on June 7 coming from Las Vegas. Email me at joeliu@comcat.net

  38. Brett Woodward says:

    Are you looking for transportation from North Rim to South Rim June 21, 22 or 23??? We are departing (Hiking) North Rim on June 21st and hiking out South Rim on June 23rd. Looking for someone to bring vehicle (large enough for 5 passengers and gear) from North to South June 21, 22nd or 23rd.

  39. Have a 2 person permit for 2 night , 3 day corridor trail hike late September. Cottonwood first night, bright angel second night. Other person now cannot make hike. Understand how difficult it is to get permit, is there a process to identify hikers that might be interested in sharing permit. I will do the hike solo, but would rather have someone have the opportunity to experience this hike.

  40. Cara Hunt says:

    I will hiking rim to rim starting at the North on July 07, exiting at the South end on the 10th, I am interested in a key swap. If interested please feel free to email.

    • Hello!
      I am going on the same dates and route (except exiting on the 08). Where are you parking? We were hoping to park on the SR then shuttle to the NR however our flight gets in a bit too late for that so now are are trying to come up with other options. Maybe we can car share one way?

  41. We (3 of us) are planning a Rim2Rim hike next week. Our Permit allows us to hike in North Rim Sun 5/28 and hike out South Rim on 5/29. Our plan is to shuttle from SR to NR rim Saturday afternoon, however, by doing so means we don’t have anywhere to stay Sat night. Anyone have a reservation they no longer need for Saturday night 5/27 at North rim that we can take over for you? Or anyone staying at North Rim or nearby campgrounds willing to share their site??

    Otherwise, anyone have any recommendations of where to camp? We really will be camping for just a couple hours sat night since we plan to get a super early start (before sunrise) on sunday.


  42. Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch – anyone want to trade reservation dates?

    My brother and I have a full cabin reservation at Phantom Ranch (thru Xanterra) for the night of August 16, 2017 Unfortunately this date now will not work for us either. Before we cancel the reservation, we wanted to see if this date worked better for another group. I believe up to 4 can sleep in a cabin.

    We’re interested to trade for a Sept/Oct 2017 or Spring 2018 date that allows North Rim access. Male dorm/cabin … whatever. We’re simply looking for a different date that would work for us.


  43. Nancy DeWitt says:

    My husband and I fly in to Vegas on May 28 and are hiking North to South on May 30-May 31 with a stay at Phantom Ranch on May 30. Have been trying to get Cottonwood for May 29 for months just to slow the pace (first time R2R). Anyone wanting to cancel or able to share camp spot on May 29 at Cottonwood, please let me know. Walk-in permit not likely since we arrive in Vegas at 9p on May 28 and same day permits are near impossible per the Back Country office.

  44. Linda Watkins says:

    Hi all- I’m hiking with a party of 2 North rim to south rim, arriving south rim May 21st. I’m looking to exchange keys with a group going the opposite direction (or have someone drive my car from North to South). Anyone need a ride from South to North? Message me! If it’s a key swap, I can meet anytime May 22nd, probably in Flagstaff. Email me directly at: lindawatkins@gmail.com. Thanks!

  45. We (4) plan to Hike North to South R2R on May 25th. Anyone interested in some kind of car movement?

  46. Update on North Rim Conditions:

    They are still fixing a part of the North Kaibab trail (parts closed during the day) and water conservation measures have been put in place for the North Rim (no lodging at North Rim Lodge from May 15-26 but camping is still open but sites are full) and the North Kaibab trail due to a break in the pipeline. For updates on the trail and the park please follow this link https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm for trail alerts or 1-928-638-7688 for recorded updates as well as the backcountry hotline 1-928-638-7875. Always check conditions before you head out on a hike.

    Please note the recommended pack list and other items on our “hike” page tab of our website.

  47. May 20th group of 4 Hiking R2R South to North. Looking to do a key exchange along the trail. We would like to meet in Flagstaff or Cameron afterwards to exchange cars.

    • I am coming up the bright angel from phantom ranch on the 20th. My car is at the north rim campsite. I would be will to discuss possible exchange. I was going to pay for a shuffle ride but hate having to rush up the trail.

    • Still have not locked in our date do to the work being done. We are now looking at going during June any one interested in key swap in June?

      • Akshay Goel says:


        I will be in the canyon on June 8th & 9th (Phantom Ranch), hiking from North rim to South rim. My rental car will be at the North rim and I am looking for someone to drive it to South rim (or another convenient location). We could exchange keys on 10th evening at the South rim or on 11th somewhere else.

        Please let me know if this works for you.


      • Brett Woodward says:

        Our party will have a vehicle large enough for 5 passengers at North Rim. We are hiking North to South. If your group needs transportation from North to South on June 21, 22 or 23, please let me know.

    • Linda Watkins says:

      If you’re still looking to exchange, I’m hiking north to south rim and could exchange vehicles in Flagstaff anytime on Monday May 22nd. We’re a party of 2 starting our hike on the 19th, arriving south rim on the 21st. email: lindawatkins@gmail.com

  48. Hello,

    We will be hiking south to north May 27-29. We are either looking to share a shuttle ride with someone leaving the north rim on the same date, or swap keys with a someone going the opposite direction on the same dates. We have six individuals. Please let us know.

    • I apologize, the dates are 26-28

      • Andrew,

        We have 5 leaving on May 26th for hiking south to north also. We will drive to south rim before the 26th and then need someone to drive our car to the north rim. Or one of us can drive our car to the north rim and then return to south by shuttle before hike?

        Anyway, I will watch to see what you guys work out. Maybe we can help each other somehow?

      • Andrew,

        We are rethinking our direction. We may now be hiking North to South on the 25th. It would be great to get our car moved from the North Rim to the South Rim on May 25th, Your car could be placed on the North Rim on 25th to be waiting for you after your hike. Then drive my car from the North Kaibab trail head to the South Rim on the 25th to start your hike on 26th.

        Another option would be for me to drive your car from the South Rim to the North Rim on May 26th. Let me know what you think.

        Thanks, Doug

  49. Are you looking for transportation from North Rim to South Rim? We are departing (Hiking) North Rim on June 21st and hiking out South Rim on June 23rd. Looking for someone to bring vehicle (large enough for 5 passengers and gear) from North to South June 21, 22nd or 23rd.

  50. Charmaine says:

    We(4 of us) will be hiking R2R from South to North on Monday May 22nd…..would love to swap keys with someone that is hiking opposite way or even have someone drive our vehicle to the North Rim for us……:)

    • Steve Thompson says:

      Charmaine – 4 of us are hiking R2M from North to South starting on Monday May 22 and finishing on Tuesday May 23. We are leaving our vehicle at the North Rim lodge and would be happy to ‘leave’ our keys for you to return to the South Rim. Let me know if you are interested.

      • Steve Thompson says:

        Charmaine – I meant we are happy to swap keys on the trail. Let me know.

        • Charmaine says:

          Steve, that would be perfect……I guess we can swap keys on the trail as we’re passing each other….then we can just drive your vehicle to the South Rim on May 23 so when you get to the South Rim, you will have your vehicle. If this sounds good, let me know and we can find a way to communicate….:)

          • Steve Thompson says:

            Charmaine – perfect on this end as well! As far as communicating for connecting, details, etc … are you on Facebook?

          • Charmaine says:

            Yes I am Steve……Charmaine Lounsbury…..I’ll be waiting to confirm you as a friend….:)

          • Steve Thompson says:

            Charmaine – I sent a PM via Facebook. Looking forward to connecting.

          • Charmaine says:

            Steve, I just checked and I didn’t see any notice on my FB. Maybe try again?

  51. May 20th will be at the south rim and looking to ride to the north rim. Anyone needing a car driven? 36 years and out if the 20 years of driving only one ticket. Drive like a granny. Can exchange keys if needed.

    • Will you have a car on the north rim? If so, what kind, what year, do you have full coverage insurance, is the car regularly maintained?

      We are hiking from south to north May 20th and looking to do a key exchange at fantom ranch or somewhere along the way.

      • I have a rental which will be through Alamo and it will be a SUV. I personally have full coverage with my own car which I am not using so I can camp with the SUV at the north rim on 18th. I will also be buying rental car insurance before my trip as i like the extra coverage.

        Are you doing your hike in a day? I can drive your car to the north rim by the evening of the 20th. I have my campsite paid for that nignt of the 20th so I can camp and then leave at 3a on 21st to drive home.

  52. KEY information for those heading out on a R2R2R the next three weeks and those planning on a Ribbon Falls visit this Rim to Rim season.

    ALWAYS check with the Backcountry Office before you head out for trail closures and/or pipeline issues. ALWAYS do this!

    There are links on our “hike” page on our website here but you can also bookmark the NPS page as well and put the backcountry office #’s in your phone as well.


  53. Akshay Goel says:


    I and my wife are planning to hike from South Rim to North Rim in June 2017. Here is our plan –
    June 8th : Begin descent from South Rim; Stay in the canyon (Phantom Ranch)
    June 9th: Stay in the canyon (Phantom Ranch)
    June 10th: Begin ascent and reach North Rim in the evening
    June 11th: Meet the person we exchanged keys with and exchange keys again

    We will have a rental car at the South Rim and are looking for a keys exchange with someone hiking from north to south. Please let me know if your dates match with these.


    • We are wanting to hike north to south on June 10 and need a car to Deive back in on June 11th. We will have a rental car on the north side. Would this work?

  54. We (5) plan a 1 day South to North – Rim to Rim hike on Friday, May 26th. Looking for someone to drive our car from south rim to north rim on 26th (or before).

  55. Kathleen Burleigh says:

    Hiking N.Rim to S. Rim starting at N. Rim trailhead morning of Mon Nov 6 , 2017 to Phantom Ranch to stay overnight then hike out Bright Angel to S. Rim.
    Need ride from South Rim to North Rim trailhead would like to leave at 4:30 am.
    Any one available to give us a ride? Or suggest shuttle service available this time of year?

  56. Jenny Wettersten says:

    Advise PLEASE: I have tried for a few years to get a permit, with no luck. This year I have more schedule flexibility, and will try for October. I plan to do R2R, or some variation. Because of physical limitations, as much as possible, I’d like to plan 2 nights at each camp area, HOWEVER, I want to optimize chances of getting permit. I have tried to read all I can, but still find the permit securing process a bit elusive. I don’t even really care if I start North or South, or even start South, advancing to Cottonwood, and day hike from there up and back, then return via South. I just REALLY want to get to and in the Grand Canyon while I can, and hike with enough moderation to maximize my functioning, and hopefully allow for some day hikes from the various campgrounds within/along the N/S corridor trail. Appreciate you input on securing an advance permit. THANKS! JW

    • Jenny, as you can imagine permits are tough to get. If you have flexibility, sometimes a walk-up permit is a great option (but secure camping/lodging at one of the rims first). This way you can come in from the side you already have your first night’s lodging at and have that lodging if you don’t get a permit. We list the walk-up permit site locations on our hike-it page of this website. What people don’t realize is that the walk-up permits are not so difficult to get if you have flexibility. You can also reach out directly to the backcountry office (all information is on our hike-it page to include their #) and speak to them about “best case” scenarios for dates, etc. Other option is to try for an overnight reservation at Phantom Ranch (tough as well but you don’t need a permit) or choose a fully guided hike with Wildland Trekking as they have permits for overnight camping spots already secured. As well, you can watch our message board to see if someone has an opening on their permit (this does happen at times). We hope you are able to get into the canyon and on the trail to truly enjoy this experience!

      • Phantom ranch does have cancellations that allow you to get a spot. Calling daily is worth it as I ended up with three separate dates for the women s dorms before I settled on the date in May. Just have to be flexible and I had them check for any dates with a 3 month timeframe.

      • Jenny Wettersten says:

        Thank you for the good advise! Also, mea culpa … I “joined” thinking I needed to to access message board, and I have NOT YET hiked R2R! Did not mean to miss-lead. I guess this really puts the pressure on me to accomplish this !! 🙂
        So — any tips on maximizing probability of securing a permit would be helpful. As a last resort, I will “walk up” but we live a long way from the GC — and would feel better having permit in hand. Thanks all! Happy Trails!

  57. Hiking North-South and stopping one night at Phantom Ranch. Any other ladies going May 19th? Starting from the North rim campground.

    • Hello Rhea,

      Just wondering what your plans when you finish your R2R? If you have a vehicle at the North Rim, how do you plan on getting back to it? I don’t know if a key swap would be a possibility with you….lol…..let me know either way….thanks…..Charmaine

      • I reserved a campsite at the campground on the north end. That way I don’t have to worry about a parking spot. After get the the south rim going to take bus back. I am camping on the north end the day before and day after the hike on 19/20th.

        • Charmaine says:

          So you will finish in the South Rim on May 20th? Then you’ll be taking the shuttle to the North rim campground on May 21st? If your interested in saving the $90 for the shuttle, think about driving our vehicle to the North Rim. Are you only 1 hiker?

          • I will be up on the south rim on the 20th and am just one hiker. I haven’t paid for th bus back on the 20th yet. Would love to save some cash. I think my date is earlier by a day as I am taking re bus back and sleeping on the north end on the 20th.

          • I will be up on the south rim on the 20th and am just one hiker. I think my date is earlier by a day as I am taking bus back and sleeping on the north end on the 20th.

          • Charmaine says:

            We will be at the South Rim on Sunday May 21st around 7pm. So if you are trying to get back to the North Rim on Saturday May 20th, our vehicle won’t be there yet. That’s too bad because we are trying to save the $90 x 4 people for the shuttle. Thanks for your response and if anything changes, let me know….:)

        • Curt Giese says:

          Hello: I am a solo hiker looking for a camping spot for the evening of the 18th and hiking the 19th. I would split the camping site cost. I also would leave my vehicle there until I take the shuttle around on the 20th.

  58. I will be hiking rim to rim on Monday May 22 South to North with a group of 4. I would love to swap keys with another group that is hiking the opposite way around the date that we are hiking. If this works for anyone, please let me know…..:)

    • Charmaine says:

      Just to clear the mud, we will be at the South Rim on Sunday May 21st around 7pm. After hiking South to North on May 22nd, we are planning to stay overnight at the lodge then take the shuttle back to the South Rim on Tuesday May 23rd early. If these times fit anybodies agenda, please let me know….:)

      • Steve Thompson says:

        Charmaine – we may be your solution. We leave May 22nd from the North Rim and will arrive South Rim on May 23rd. Would be happy to leave our keys for you to use our vehicle to return to the South Rim and save yourself $360.00.

  59. Bruce Winer says:

    Does anyone know what is in the “sack lunch” from the Phantom Ranch Canteen? And how much food is in it? Thanks

    • From what we can recall when we received it there was a bagel, chips, piece of fruit and maybe one more snack. We did not eat ours just had the nice breakfast and then the snacks we already had so it’s up to you on the added expense but if you can pack your own lunch, much better deal.

    • There was a bagel, cream cheese, sausage, cookies, apple, and some nuts and chips I think. it was about $15. I didn’t think it was worth it. We ate breakfast before our r2r hike, had nuts, cliff bars, apples, bananas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some carrots with us. We had enough food and it was better than the sack lunch.

  60. Hi!

    I’m looking for someone who’s interested in a car swap on May 27th. I have a group of 3, and we’re looking to do a rim to rim in one day. We’ll be going from north to south. Thanks so much!

    • We (2) for a one day rim to rim at the end of May, north to south also. We were planning on using the Shuttle service to reach the north rim. If you do not mind, can you tell me a bit more abt your itinerary? Since you are planning on one day, what will your schedule be? What time do plan on leaving the north rim? will you go up on the BA or SK? How many hrs do you think you will it take your group? Your help is very much appreciated.

      • We are looking to do it in one day….sleep Friday night on the rim and hike all day Saturday. We were thinking of hiking out BA. How about you guys? Would you be willing to split a shuttle? Thanks!

        • We (5) plan a 1 day South to North – Rim to Rim hike on Friday, May 26th. Looking for someone to drive our car from south rim to north rim on 26th (or before).

          • I will be back on top of south rim on may 20th. Coming up bight angel and going to north rim (shuttle). This may be to early for you.

          • Rhea, Yes the 20th is too early for us – thanks.

            Amber, Dan, or Allie, We seem to match up very well with you for moving a car from south to north on 5/26 or before. Do you have a way to fit us into your plans?

  61. LESLIE ROBERTS says:

    Hi!! Is there a very active forum on the web somewhere for upcoming hiking trips? Please let me know!!

    I’m looking for the possibility of either:
    Sharing a shuttle for a very early morning departure at 5-5:30am from South to North Rim to complete a same day R2R hike.
    Car swap from South to North. I’ll drive your car to you at the North Rim.

    This is for anytime between May 30-June 12th. My dates are still flexible. I’d like to avoid the holiday weekend and prefer anytime the week of June 5th. I’m a 30’s single female who will be solo hiking from Texas.

  62. We’re going rim to rim (south to north) on May 30 (camp overnight at Phantom Ranch) and May 31 (camp overnight at Cottonwood). We have filled out our permit with six (6) hikers but have two (2) additional that want to join. Looking for a party that has not filled out their permit number and may have 1-2 spots we could join in on. Have done this many times with our dad and brothers, and are now introducing the third generation to the beauty of the canyon – there is nothing like it!
    Thanks and happy hiking.

  63. Hiking R2R and looking to see if anyone willing do a car swap or go in on a shuttle (http://www.grandcanyonshuttles.com/grand-canyon-rim-to-rim-shuttle.html) to lower the cost?

    Dates are 5/26- 5/28 South to North Rim

    Let me know, thanks!

    • Actually South to North.

      • Hi Ally,

        We are doing a North to South and staying overnight in the canyon on May 28th and hiking out the 29th. Would be interested in doing a car swap.


        • LESLIE ROBERTS says:

          I’m looking to share a shuttle leaving the South Rim to North Rim. I’d like to leave South Rim around 5:30am to do a rim to rim hike that same day. I could also do a car swap with a meetup in the canyon. My dates are still flexible, but prefer the week of June 6th for better hotel chances.

          • Akshay Goel says:

            Hi Leslie,

            I will be in the canyon on June 8th & 9th (Phantom Ranch), hiking from North rim to South rim. My rental car will be at the North rim and I am looking for someone to drive it to South rim (or another convenient location). We could exchange keys on 10th at the South rim or on 11th somewhere else.

            Please let me know if this works for you.


        • Hey John, sorry for the delay. That would probably work! Is there a way to message privately more about the matter?

    • I’m hiking North to South in May 2017 and am hoping to find another group hiking the opposite way to swap car keys. I’ll be a group of 2 and will be needing to travel from South to North on May 21 or 22nd, 2017. Any small groups hiking that weekend in May?

      • Charmaine says:

        Hey Linda,

        Which exact days are you hiking in May. We are a group of 4 hiking the rim to rim in one day from South to North on May 22. If that day helps you out, we would be interested in swapping keys? Let me know…:)

      • Charmaine says:

        Hey Linda…..was just wondering if you are still hiking the R2R…..if so let me know if the key swap will work with both our dates…..:)

        • Linda Watkins says:

          sorry for the late response! Yes, I’m still hiking North to South rim (arriving south rim on May 21st and was planning on camping that night and could meet someone anytime May 22nd….maybe Flagstaff?) my email: lindawatkins@gmail.com

    • Allie,

      Have you found anyone to car swap with? I have a group of 3. We are looking to hike Saturday, May 27, and do a rim to rim in one day (plus a little extra) :). We’ll be going from north to south and could swap keys with you.

    • Allie,

      We will be needing a shuttle on May 26th from South to North Rim. Do you need your car moved? We are a little flexible if you have other ideas.


    • Allie,

      We would love to drive your car from the South Rim to the North Rim for you on the 26th. Or another option is you can drive our car from the North Rim to the South Rim on the 25th. Maybe there are other option as well. Are you still available?

      Thank You

  64. Hello Rim to Rim Club Members,
    I just joined the Club but have not completed the R2R hike, I need advice. We (2 of us) are looking at an early June 2017 night Hike (North to South). Plan on leaving the North Rim at abt 7pm, hike done (will be close to full moon) to the Phantom Ranch stop for just a little while and hike up the BA trail to hopefully emerge out of the Canyon at abt 6-8am. Are we crazy do plan the hike at night? We are in our mid 50s but have already started to train for the hike. Any suggestion is appreciated. FYI, we are from Alabama so the heat is something that we are somewhat use too.
    Thanks to all!

    • Dan, you are officially in the club once you hike it. Since this is your very first Rim to Rim hike we don’t recommend hiking it at night. While it will be close to a full moon there are parts of the canyon and trail that will not be clearly visible and you will be unfamiliar with terrain. If you can get a reservation at Phantom that would be the best best that way you can day hike in the mornings BUT if you cannot and you still plan on early June (depending on weather) for your trip our recommendation would be to be on the North Kaibab Trail by at least 5:00 a.m. and plan on a break at Phantom for lunch and to break-up the day time heat then head on BA late afternoon into the evening. We wish you the best of luck with your hike and let us know how it goes. Please read the training and hiking tips on our hike-it page.

    • At that time of year don’t kid yourself, nor take lightly, the HEAT! We were out in June 2015 and temperature at the bottom of the canyon was 108 F during the day and 90+F at night. Three of us were in our 50’s and two of us had hiked rim to rim 5-6 times – some while camping at Bright Angel and Cottonwood others r2r in one day. The third 50’s hiker, although he thought he was prepared – was not! Those that were prepared had a tough time, and we had an even tougher time getting the third out.

  65. I’m looking for 1 or 2 people interested in doing the R2R2R hike beginning December 28th through January 1st.

    I have a camping permit for 4 people (Cottonwood the 1st and 4th nights, and the North Rim Yurt the 2nd and 3rd). Unfortunately two people are unable to attend so it’s just my buddy right now.

    If anyone would be interested in maybe joining us for the hike, let me know. We’re two late 20s young professionals that were born and raised in Texas. If you’d be interested, please reply to this comment and we can get in contact. I realize this is short notice, but I figure it’s worth a shot.


  66. Lynn Gurganus says:

    We made our R2R2R hike on November 9-12. We hiked to the river via the South Kaibab and then went on to Cottonwood Campground for the first night. Three of our previous trips had been one day river and back hikes, so hiking with weight was a new wrinkle. We had prepared for the trip back up by planning to use the duffle service from Phantom Ranch, but the hike downhill with weight really affected a couple of our group. So much so that the oldest member of the group, my 65 year old brother, decided to rest in camp the next day. The other three of us headed up the North Kaibab Trail to the north rim. We were fortunate that the moderate temps allowed for water to be available at all points along all of the corridor trails with the exception of Supai Tunnel. The North Kaibab hike was truly amazing, and I handled the sections walking along the carved out shelf much better than I thought my slightly acrophobic self would. After half an hour or so on the north rim, we headed back to Cottonwood for the night. Let me say here that, while both campgrounds are amazing, I found Cottonwood to be truly special. Each campsite seems secluded and with the sound of the creek running beside you, you hear almost no noise from other campers. And the night sky is indescribable. The next day was relatively easy, just the seven miles back to Bright Angel Campground. I will say, though, that those seven miles seem like 10-12 miles. Hiking through the Box, though, is pretty amazing. Whenever we crossed a bridge I would think, “How in the world did they get this thing down here?” The North Kaibab, in particular, is an engineering marvel. We had breakfast at Phantom Ranch on that next morning and then hiked back out via the Bright Angel Trail. It was an incredible experience that I was glad I got to share with my 15 year old son. As we stepped off the trail at the Bright Angel trailhead I looked at him and said, “I’d do this again. Just not today.”

    Thanks to Rim to Rim for the very helpful advice we found prior to our trip.

    • Lynn,

      So happy to hear your hike went well! Sounds like you had an amazing experience as 3 days in the canyon is truly a blessing. We agree with you on Cottonwood Campground. Your son will remember this trip forever. Here’s to chasing moments and creating the best kind of memories. Welcome to the club!

  67. Hi,
    I’m planning a Rim to Rim hike either Friday Nov. 25th or Saturday Nov. 26th. Is there anyone interested in a car swap on one of these 2 days? I’m willing to start from either side leaving the other one for you if you have a preference.

  68. I am planning a R2R Hike the first of June 2017. Love the site, but have a question, what should I expect for temps at night while camping? Do I need a light sleeping bag or just a fleece bag? Thanks for your help!

    • You will need a fleece most likely just at the North Rim. Light sleeping bag as lighter you can go (if you are backpacking) the better. Good luck Nancy!

  69. Linda Kessler says:

    My husband and I are in our mid 60’s and had been to the North Rim in the fall of 2014 and hiked as far as the Redwall Bridge on the North Kaibab trail. It was enough to hook us on planning another trip to go farther in the canyon, so after a lot of thought and research, we put the word out to friends and family in the spring of 2015 about a possible R2R2R trip in the fall of 2016. Within a couple of weeks, 8 additional people had committed to doing it with us. It took a year of planning and training (on our own – we were not part of a commercially organized trip) before we all left on Sept 9, 2016 for the North Rim to begin our first R2R2R on September 11, 2016. We had 6 women and 4 men, ranging in age from 37 to 67, from Washington State, New Hampshire and Maryland. On Sept 11, 2016, our first day, we hiked from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch where we spent the night in the bunkhouses. We had clear weather, but it did get very hot that day after Roaring Springs. We saw a lot of hikers within 3-4 miles of the trail head, but they decreased steadily as we got further and further down the trail. The second day we hiked from Phantom Ranch to the South Rim via the Bright Angel trail and spent the night at the Bright Angel Lodge. Again, we had clear weather, but not nearly as hot. Not many hikers at the bottom, but their numbers steadily increased from Indian Garden to the top. The third day we hiked from the South Kaibab trail head back to the Phantom Ranch for another night in the bunkhouses. Weather was clear and cooler that day, but very windy at times on the trail. Again, we saw a lot of hikers from the top through Ooh Aah point, but their numbers dropped drastically after that. Without a doubt, the views and vistas from The South Kaibab trail were the best we had seen so far. On Sept 14, 2016, our fourth and final day, we were up and back on the trail at 5:40 am heading for the North Rim. Even though we felt we had gotten stronger each day, we were all tired and trail-worn by the fourth and final day, so some set a faster pace than others, but we were all finished and back at the trail head by 3:30 that afternoon. We had such a blast together, and so much fun and laughter the entire trip. The sights and scenery we saw along the way were unbelievable and just drop-dead gorgeous at times, and we were in complete agreement that it was an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. If anyone has not yet done this, but is thinking about doing it, DO IT WHILE YOU CAN! You won’t regret it!

  70. Hello. We are planning our first North to South rim hike next year. I am picking up some great ideas from this site but do have one question I haven’t run across. Is the trail easy to follow or do we need a map for this hike?

  71. We’re attempting a r2r2r between November 9-12, heading down South Kaibab and back up Bright Angel. Just wondering where on the North Kaibab we might typically expect to encounter snow/ice (and how much we might expect) at that time of year. We expect the need for crampons at some point. Thanks for any input.

  72. I am doing a RTR hike from the South Rim to the North rim on September 24th, camping on the North rim on the night of September 24th, and then hiking back to the South rim on September 25th. I have a friend who is doing the RTR hike with me on September 24th, but he is taking the shuttle back to the South rim on the 25th. Is anyone else doing a RTR hike on the 25th from North to South? I would love the company.

  73. OCTOBER 15th 2016, NORTH RIM 2 ROOM CABIN (6person) would like to swap reservation for something smaller ??
    originally booked for group of friends but now only 1 couple can make it… let me know if interested !!

  74. Hiking North Kaibab to Bright Angel on Sept 24th and looking for a car swap if anyone is hiking south to north! Thanks!

  75. DE Kleber says:

    Looking for an easy way to get back to the South Rim? Drivers Needed on 10/3/16. !!!

    We are looking for someone who might be interested in driving 1-3 cars from the North Rim to the South Rim on Monday, 10/3/16. We are hiking R2R leaving from the North Rim on 10/3 in the AM and arriving on the South Rim on 10/5 in the PM.

    We need 1-3 people who would be able and willing to drive our vehicles from the North Rim to the South Rim on 10/3 AM. You will caravan with one non-hiking member of our group who will drive his truck.

    Many thanks.


  76. Hi All,

    Looking to do a car swap for a rim to rim hike on labor day weekend.

    Please email me at alextaylor116@gmail.com if you are interested in trading with me to avoid the shuttle fees.

  77. Hi there,

    Is anyone looking to do Grand Canyon R2R the weekend of October 15-16? I am planning on a day hike, starting at the South Rim on Saturday morning (10/15) and am hoping to swap keys with someone going in the opposite direction. We could meet at Bitter Springs (halfway point, distance-wise) to swap keys again after.

    I’m also open to splitting a private shuttle with another group(s).

    You can message me at y.may.wong@gmail.com, if interested 🙂

    Thank you!

  78. Christine says:

    Hi – we are looking for 3-4 people to share one of the following two options on September 22nd, 2016:
    1. an early morning (4 am) shuttle from the south rim to north rim, or
    2. an late afternoon (4pm or 5 pm) shuttle from the north rim to south rim

    Let me know if you are interested.

  79. Looking to do a car swap with someone for Sept 1-3. We’re hiking North to South, leaving the morning of Sept 1. Please email if interested: jillroberts@gmail.com

  80. Scott Draud says:

    My wife and I (along with another couple) plan to hike the Rim to Rim this October, North Kaibab to Bright Angel. In terms of pre and post hike transportation, does anyone know how long it will take to drive a car from the south to north rim once the hike concludes (or vice-versa for that matter)? Is there a simple route to follow? Are there other options I’m not considering to return to original starting point?

    Thanks in advance to anyone kind enough to respond!

    • It takes a little over 4 hours to drive from the South Rim to the North Rim = 210 miles.

    • It’s an easy, but long drive… just take Route 64 out of Grand Canyon Village to Highway 89 North. Then take 89A to Route 67.

      It’s a good idea to fill up on gas when you have the chance… a lot of the drive is pretty desolate!

      My brother and I did the rim-to-rim hike a couple weeks ago, and left a rental car at the South Rim, and drove mine up to the North Rim to start the hike.

    • What days in October are you hiking? We are going south to north from the 11th-13th.

  81. Hi everyone,

    I’m doing a South Rim to North Rim day hike. I have received a lot of useful information to plan it all out on this site. I will do the hike late September / early October. I’m an avid runner (half-marathon and 10k) and hiker and trail runner (5k to half marathon). Any more specific information on the Box and water sources would be much appreciated. Also, start time and average ETA with photo stops.


    • Average hiking time is about 12 hours South to North with photo stops and necessary water, rest and re-fueling stops. The information on “the box” is on our hike-it page (about a 4 mile area) as well as the water sources are on that page as well. Best best is to check with backcountry office to make sure water sources are working the day before your hike.

      Good luck Vince!

    • Vince – I’ve done the full range of R2R adventures including extreme R2R2R 1-day (crossed off the bucket list never to be revisited…) and I’ve got quite a bit of info but generally the advice you’ve received so far is sound. Good to check water s0urces day before as can change…

      What I’m really interested in is a key exchange. I’m doing leisurely group 3-day crossing north to south 9/20-22. Are you (or anyone else) interested in swapping keys? Ideally prefer to meet up at Vegas car rental morning of 9/20 to get each others license info on both rentals.


  82. Michael Bassett says:

    My son and I are going North Rim to South Rim with camping permits for Bright Angel on 9/12-13 and Indian Gardens on 9/14 (hiking out on the 15th). We are looking for someone who has a permit for Cottonwood on 9/12 that would be willing to share a campsite. We are very quiet! We’ll cook dinner!! References available! I talked with the backcountry office today actually and they indicated that the group leader would just need to e-mail, fax or show up and change the # of people and pay the additional (I will cover the additional fees). Thanks for even considering.

  83. My first rim to rim hike. On May 21, 2016 myself (46 yrs old),my son (22yrs old), a friend of his (22 yrs old) and his dad (50 yrs old) hike from South Kaibab to North Kaibab. A trip of a life time! We started planning the trip this past February, reading website after website. I will say this is my favorite site. Soon after we committed to go, the training began. I ran 10-15 miles a week, did a few stairs and started stretching. (my son not so much). We departed and arrived in Las Vegas early Friday (20th) morning, rented a mini-van and started toward the South Rim. Realizing Hoover Dam was on the way we made a stop. What a magnificent landmark, a must see! We arrived on the south rim around 3:30 pm and then I realized why it is called the GRAND Canyon. That was the first time anyone in our party laid eyes on this unbelievable creation. All the pictures in the world can not do it justice. There is something about his place that makes you pause, reflect on life and the many blessings we encounter. After a few hours of taking it all in we ate dinner and returned to the lodge to prepare for the morning hike. Saturday morning 4:50 am we started our descent down South Kaibab to the North Rim. Our morning pace was a little too fast, we arrived at Phantom Ranch around 8am and ate our reserved bag lunch. 8:40 am departed Phantom Ranch for Ribbon Falls. Ribbon Falls (11:30 am) is about 1/2 of the main trail. Well worth the time and energy. I’m not sure what time we departed the Ranger Pump Station but the climb from that point on was brutal for me. Although I trained, 3 miles from the top my left calf started cramping. No doubt the hardest 3 mile hike I have ever done. My son the one who did not train continued to harass me until we reached the top at 2:40 pm. I would have never made it without his encouragement. lol In all seriousness, being able to make this hike with him was a true blessing. This 9 hour 50 minute hike was by far harder than expected but I will return. The enjoyment of all involved and the memories we made will never be forgotten.
    Happy hiking!!!!

    • John,

      Welcome (you and your group) to the club! That’s amazing that the first time you all witnessed the Grand Canyon that you hiked it from Rim to Rim = Awesome! And happy to hear it is calling you back. We love the canyon and truly feel it is a blessing to hike it!

      Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  84. john barrow says:

    Recently I have returned from a rim-to-rim hike and I can honestly say nothing compares to a night in the canyon. My father in-law has had a rim-to-rim trek on his bucket list since he visited the south rim during a training for the army in 1972. So, with his age and depleting health we all thought now would be are last chance. Figuring it was only a couple of miles spanned over the course of 4 days it shouldn’t be too hard for any of us. Boy were we wrong, down hill killed our knees and toes, going across the canyon we baked as we walked through the “box” and breathed battery acid stumbling up the south rim. That being said it is the best thing we all have done. Jamming our toes going down into roaring spring and finding pottery heading into cottonwood. Exploring ribbon falls and finally getting to 3 mile rest house to see “down is optional, up is mandatory” will always stick out in my mind. The smaller details are too numerous to list.

    I end this post with a request. During my time with scouting we would brand the leather of our boots with the symbol of the trail or historical brand used by the ranchers that settled the area. This being a monumental achievement for everyone in my party, I would like to continue this old tradition. After much research I have found nothing on the topic. So I ask if anyone can lead me in the right direction to finding what the brand Fred Harvey or even Xanterra uses to mark their mules would be a great help. I really would like something attached to Phantom Ranch but anything would do. THanks

    • John,

      Welcome to the club to you and your group to include your father in-law! Happy to hear he achieved his bucket list hike! Sounds like you took your time and had a great experience minus the canyon toe and the knees taking the pounding! Hopefully somebody can help you on the “branding” question.

  85. Hi Rim-to-Rim Experts, we are hiking down the N. Kaibab trail and up Bright Angel the 3rd week of May. I’ve been trying to call the NPS help desk but haven’t gotten through. Does anyone have any updates on the trail conditions (N. Kaibab specifically) and water? Thank you, Phil

    • Did you call the backcountry office? We have key links on our hike-it page tab and also follow us on Facebook as hikers will be reporting in soon on the their hikes.

      • I have tried the phone but haven gotten a busy signal the 2 dozen attempts I have made. I was wondering if anyone here had gotten through and had an update. I’ll keep trying and share my info if/when I get through.

    • Jerry Juhl says:

      Phil—Are you doing it in a day or camping? Sophie, my partner is up to doing North to South in a day however is directionally challenged! That is to say she could benefit from partners.

      • We’ve got reservations at PR, so we’re doing it in 2 days.

        I got through to the NPS by phone this week. The ranger I spoke with said the trail is in excellent condition. No ice or snow. Currently, only 1 water stop on the N. Kaibab is on(pumphouse???) and on BA Trail, only Indian Gardens has water. He expects all water to be on by the 15th.

  86. Hey everyone! Has anyone here done Rim to Rim as a day hike during the off season? I’m thinking about doing Rim to Rim the week before the North Rim opens and starting from South to North, but I’m aware there won’t be any access to the trailheads/camping facilities until the 15th. At this point, I most likely won’t be able to obtain a permit so my only option would be to do a day hike but am trying to iron out the details on how I would get back to the South Rim without having to take the shuttle. Is this even possible to do before the season officially opens? Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated! Also, if anyone is heading out there the weekend of May 6th, I’d be happy to exchange contact information if anyone will be doing Rim to Rim that weekend! Thanks again!

    • Jerry Juhl says:

      I have done North to South and now it is Sophie’s turn. We plan on an early as possible date for her to cross and feel it is best she does not go solo.

      I will drive to South Rim during the day if that helps at all.

  87. Bruce Winer says:

    My wife and I are doing R2R, staying over at Bright Angel campground on 5/28/16. We are closing in on 60, but in great shape. This is our third bucket list hike that includes Mt. Whitney and Half Dome in Yosemite.

    We are carrying day packs and having our camp equipment brought down and up my mule service, so out packs will be pretty light.

    We are just starting our training which, is hiking with a lot of elevation gain and loss . We trained hard (hiking with elevation and lots of vertical) for Mt. Whitney and it paid off. We didn’t train for Half Dome, because we were spinning, squatting, and doing lunges 3 to 4 days a week.

    We miscalculated. We were surprised how sore we were. What we learned is that to get in shape for a strenuous hike you have to hike in order to get those muscles conditioned.

    Just thought this might help some newer hikers contemplating this hike.

    • How was yr hiking? i trained very hard to do R2R! but my luck car broke done and i never got to Grand Canyon!!! it is my dream to do the hike!

  88. Nelson Palmer says:

    Fellow members,
    I need some advice. My wife and I did the R to R last may with a company and are doing it mid-June by ourselves. I need a tent and sleeping bags. My main concern is weight. Last year I carried about 35 lbs and don’t want to go over that and realize that hiking ourselves will require things that I didn’t have to carry when with a group (leaders carried more). So, I am looking for suggestions on which tent/sleeping bags to go with. I don’t really want to pay huge amounts since I’m not sure of how much subsequent use they will get (I know I can sell them after if I decide) but really the weight is the priority. Thanks for any advice. (Ps. I looking into renting from an outfitter but am not thrilled with this idea.)

    • Mike Carter says:

      Check with the folks at Peace Surplus in Flagstaff Arizona (http://www.peacesurplus.com/Default.asp). They rent and sell new and used camping equipment. Flagstaff is not really off the beaten path to the Grand Canyon. From Flagstaff, you have two options to enter the park. My personal entry point is from Cameron that takes you into Desert View. It is awesome drive.

    • Regina Angstadt says:

      We rented from lower gear. They ship itsms to your house. I plan on hiking again this year as well, and am considering ditching the sleeping bag and opting for a f
      light weight fleece blanket. You might want to consider that or a. Bivvy which will lighten the load tremendously!

    • bruce winer says:

      If you are staying at Bright Angel Campground, you might consider the park’s duffel service. That’s what we are doing in the end of May. They will take up to 30 pounds per duffel and deliver it to Phantom Ranch and deliver it back to the South Rim. All of our camping gear will be in the duffels, so we will only be hiking with day packs.

  89. Looking to do a car swap for a Rim to Rim hike between May 11th through May 15th. Any takers? Email me if interested.

  90. I have just completed the Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim with my son Henri.

    He is 11 years old.

    We left via the South Kaibalb trail on Tuesday March 22 at 7:30 AM and arrived at the Bright Angel Camground around around 1:00 PM. The weather was gorgeous.

    On Wednesday, we left at 4:30 AM for the North Rim. I didn’t know what the expect. We arrived at the top of the Rim at 2:30 PM. My son was in good shape. The weather was perfect. Blue sky, spring was arriving until we reached the top.
    There was still many patches of snow upthere. We had to do an extra 0.7 mile to reach the campground. We were the only ones. It was cold. Went to bed at 5:15 after having to melt snow to get water….

    On Thursday, we left at 6:00 AM and were back to the Bright Angel Campground at 2:00 PM. We took our time on the way down to enjoy the beauty of the place. We were lucky to find seats at the Phantom Ranch for a stew.

    My son got his Junior Ranger badge.

    On Friday, we left at 4:30 AM and reach the South Rim via the Bright Angel trail at 11:30 AM.

    My son and I will definitely come back for the Tonto Trail or for the North Rim via the Old Trail.

    For the time being, we have plenty of beautiful memories, I had a privilege time with my son that I will remember for life, like I am sure he will too.

    • Richard, welcome to the club! WOW = Rim to Rim to Rim at 11 years old for your son. That is incredible and what great memories you shared together. Happy to hear the weather cooperated with you and what a great accomplishment to celebrate as a family as that is awesome!

  91. DE Kleber says:

    Any one (or more) looking for a ride from the North Rim to the South Rim on Monday, October 3, 2016?

    We have a group of 20 hikers on a R2R hike during the first week of October, 2016, leaving the the North Rim on Mon 10/3, staying at Phantom Ranch, and arriving on the South Rim on Wed 10/5 evening. We have two support vehicles that will drive from the NR to the SR on Mon 10/3, while the rest of us are hiking. We also have a rental car or two that could caravan with our support vehicles (need driver for that option). If interested call me at 63zero-887-7nine64 and leave a message.

    This could be an easy and cheap way for you to get from the NR to SR on 10-3-16. Thanks.

  92. My family and I did R2R last spring guided and in June my wife and I are doing it alone. I had hoped to stay the night before on the north rim (lodge or cabins) but no availability. Planning to drive into south rim and take the trans canyon shuttle the day before. Any suggestions for where to stay around the north rim that will allow me to hit the trail early?

    • Welcome to the club Nelson! Other option at the North Rim is the campground, otherwise Kaibab Lodge (928) 638-2389 18 miles north and Jacob Lake Inn (928) 643-7232 45 miles north. That’s about it for lodging at North Rim outside of the lodge/cabins that are relatively close.

  93. Carol Flanigan says:

    My sister and I (late 50’s) are making our 4th trip to Phantom Ranch in Oct. 2016. We have two south to south trips, and one north to south rim to rim hike under our belts. We will begin and end the 2016 trip from the north rim. North Kaibab is awesome and want to experience it again. Can anyone advise the duration to hike north from phantom ranch? My guess for hiking is 1 mph, but thought I would check experience with other hiking rimmers. We will be prepared to hike out after dark and look forward to the full moon.

  94. My husband and I hiked north rim to south rim in 5 days – September 6 through 10, 2015. We worked on getting needed reservations and back country permits for a year. We are in our mid 60s and have never done this hike before, so we wanted to stay at Phantom Ranch for 2 nights if possible, and also camp a night at Cottonwood on the north side and a night at Indian Gardens on the south side. Research, preparation, and perseverance!! This is how we did it. By the time we got through on the Xanterra phone lines last September 1, Phantom Ranch was booked up. I called at least twice a week to see if there was a cancellation. Finally, we got a 2 night availability – 2 NIGHTS! Immediately, I checked on Grand Canyon Lodge on the north rim and was able to get reservations. There were a certain number of days we wanted to visit the north rim but because we didn’t know if we would be able to get a permit for Cottonwood Campground, we reserved an extra night at the Grand Canyon Lodge. We did the same thing when making reservations to stay on the south rim, adding an extra day in case we didn’t get a permit to camp at Indian Gardens. We knew we could always drop the extra day. At the required 4 months out, on May 1, we faxed in our request for a permit at Cottonwood and Indian Gardens. We didn’t get either one. I decided that making a daily phone call to the back country office for cancellations would just be part of my daily routine. Often, the phone line was busy but I would keep calling until I got through. On the 12th connected phone call I was able to get a permit at Indian Gardens – a miracle since we were needing one particular day! We still needed a permit for Cottonwood. All we had read about the heat of the dreaded “Box” really worried us, plus hiking 14 miles down, trying to reach Phantom Ranch before dinner. I continued calling the back country office. Finally, 4 days before we left for vacation, we got our Cottonwood permit. I think the back country workers were as excited as I was! They had gotten quite accustomed to my voice! That was on the 72nd connected phone call! Considering all of the times I called and the line was busy, I figure I called over 300 times. We live in Louisiana – probably about 200 feet above sea level. I had bought new hiking boots in January, a pair that kept my toes from hitting the end of the boot when on an incline. I started breaking them in early, then added my backpack. Gradually, I added weight to the pack. I also trained on a long flight of steps at an event center. My husband also trained with a loaded pack. There is more to tell, but this is getting rather long. I do want to stress that you must take water purification. The water line had broken on our hike. At Cottonwood, there were campers that didn’t have purification; we were only too happy to share. We found that we took way too much food. Also, we had taken single packets of Gatorade powder. That worked out really great. We diluted the packets to 1/2 – 3/4 strength. We had such a wonderful time. No rolled ankles, no lost toenails, no dehydration. Many beautiful pictures, wonderful conversations with other hikers. We have reservations to visit Yellowstone and Grand Tetons next September, but I’m on the phone again trying to get Phantom Ranch reservations. If we get them, we are cancelling Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and returning for another rim to rim hike next year! It was just awesome!!

  95. Does anyone wish to share the cost of a private shuttle from the N rim to the S rim on October 23, 2015, departing 10:30am to arrive at the S rim by 3pm? The regular 2pm shuttle departure lands at the S rim at 6:30pm, which is too late for a nice sunset.

    Please email me.


  96. Hi. My husband and I hiked rim to rim in 2010. I am not all that physically fit…need to work out more…my husband is tough and thankfully he was patient with my sometimes slow pace. We drove from Chicago to the South Rim. Stayed for a night at the Bright Angel Lodge and in the morning we were shuttled to the North Rim. Stayed in an inn (forgot the name) on the North Rim for a night and in the morning we were shuttled to the North Kaibab Trailhead. It was amazing! We descended to Cottonwood Campground and spent the night there and than made it to the bottom the next day. We spent 2 nights at the Bright Angel Campground and ate dinner both nights at Phantom Ranch (we had advanced dinner reservations). It rained a lot while we were on the bottom but we made it through. Some people were holed up in the restrooms. I was told the amount of rain that we had was uncommon…especially being that we were there during the first week of October. I am glad we went at this time as I don’t think I could have handled the summer heat. While on the bottom…we walked to the River and spent some time there. We also spent quite a bit of time with another couple who we met shortly after descending from the North Rim. They were in their 70’s. We were in our 50’s. We left the bottom of the canyon and took the Bright Angel Trail out. Stopped and Camped at Indian Garden along the way. Day 5, we headed out. I can’t believe I did it! I took my time and every minute was worth it. I won’t say it was easy…it wasn’t. The uphill climb took a lot out of me but the feeling I had when I reached the top was unbelievable. We were now back on the South rim where our car was parked. We ate and slept again at the Bright Angel Lodge and boy did I ever sleep! Next morning we got up and headed back to Chicago. I want to do this again next year in 2016. I plan on changing things and will be working out so I can get back in shape to do this. This was truly an experience of a life time. The Grand Canyon is Glorious!

  97. Lauri Gigstead says:

    My sister Tammy and I (age 52 and 58, no hiking experience) hiked the Rim to Rim June 5 – 6, 2015, stopping at Phantom Ranch for the night.

    We first visited the Grand Canyon in 2002, joked about hiking to Phantom Ranch and pretty much didn’t give it another thought for 12 years. When we seriously started considering the hike, we were just in the what if phase, which went on for about six months and then it was time to make Phantom Ranch reservations. That turned out to be more stressful than anything else connected with the hike. We had six cell phones going and it took one and a half hours to get through but once we did the reservations were made and it was official, we were going to hike the Grand Canyon.

    Started the research, read everything we could find, one of the most helpful was the Rim to Rim Club and following them on Facebook kept us excited to be doing the hike. The great equipment hunt required lots of research, didn’t really even know where to start. It was all new to us so the review reading began and as we narrowed down our choices we began purchasing our equipment.

    As the equipment (backpacks, shoes, and hiking poles) started arriving we began practicing with them, best thing we ever did. We had a good cardio base, had just trained for and run a marathon, but being Florida girls the biggest hill we have is stepping on a curb. So off to the gym we went. Incline on the treadmill, arc trainer and weights plus our normal 25-30 miles a week. Then two months out we started carrying our loaded packs to get use to the weight on our backs.

    The day finally came, we flew out of Orlando on June 3, 2015. Landed in Las Vegas and drove to Mesquite to spend the night before heading to the North Rim the next day. We were very lucky to have a built in crew with us; my husband, Dan and our Mum and Dad. We didn’t have to worry about shuttling from one rim to the other and that was extremely nice. Had a nice leisurely trip and checked into our cabin before dinner. Then we did some exploring, took a ride to Point Imperial then checked out the North Kaibab trailhead on our way back.
    Back to the cabin to get all our equipment ready for the morning and settle in for a good night’s sleep. Got up at about 0400 and arrived at the trail head at about 0500. Ate our banana, and bagel and peanut butter. Time to say our goodbyes and we were on our way. So many feeling, we had waited so long for this and we were finally heading into the Grand Canyon.

    We took it easy to start, getting use to walking downhill. I’m going to tell you right now downhill and I didn’t get along, I don’t have any knee problems but it was just hard for me. Tammy on the other hand loved it, up, down, it didn’t matter to her she just kept moving.
    We were picture taking fools and after realizing our pace was less than a mile an hour, decided we should get a bit serious and pick it up. Didn’t want to miss our steak dinner at Phantom Ranch.

    Along the trail we were eating a mixture of cashews, dried pineapple, craisins and sport beans with caffeine (hoping to ward off the effects of no diet coke on the trail) and pretzels. We also had a couple of Kind bars. We should have started eating sooner, our first break was about 4 hours in and we really needed to eat every hour to hour and a half which we did from then on. We were drinking constantly from our camelbaks. We had a total of five liters of water each. That was just enough for the trip down and more than enough on the way up. We learned as the camelbak was emptying we should have filled it from the two bottles we were carrying. So much easier to drink from the camelbak then try to get the bottles out.

    Saw lots of little wildlife; squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, birds and butterflies. It wasn’t until just after Ribbon Falls that we saw a mule deer, only one but I’m sure there were others out there.

    We did have a few rain showers and we would pull out our $.97 Wal-Mart ponchos and put them on, walk a couple hundred yards and be ready to take them off, it almost wasn’t worth putting them on but we didn’t want to take the chance of getting soaked. This scenario has a big impact on a decision we make tomorrow.

    By this time we are talking about getting to The Box, really wishing there was a big sign that announced the location. We finally figured we were in the box because the canyon walls were getting closer and closer, but because the weather was so perfect the temperatures weren’t rising like we had anticipated. So we just kept going, enjoying the sounds of the river, shady spots and a breeze every now and then. I can’t reiterate enough what gorgeous weather we had for our two days of hiking.

    Before we knew it the sign for Phantom Ranch appeared and we were there. Arrived at about 1515, checked in, had our lemonade, and headed to our dorm. We were the first ones there so had our choice of bunks, we choose the one in the back corner, out of the way and by the back door so we could get in and out easily. Took our showers and we were refreshed and ready to go out and explore.

    Two of the best things we carried with us were flip flops and compression sleeves. I had hemmed and hawed about carrying mine but I was so glad I did. Every step I took that night my feet and calves thanked me. I can’t imagine putting my hiking shoes back on after taking a shower.

    Dinner was at 1700 and it was the best meal, filling and a good variety. Steak, cornbread, corn, peas, baked potato with butter and sour cream, salad and chocolate cake for dessert.
    More walking around after eating, keeping those legs stretched out and moving. We had brought peanut M&M’s for an evening snack, so we found a place to sit and enjoy them. Also watched two mule deer enjoy their dinner right in the middle of camp.

    We waited until 2000 for the canteen to open after serving meals, had to get stamps to mail our post cards from Phantom Ranch.

    Then it was time to turn in for the night and we were out like lights. The dorm was air conditioned and that really helped with making it easy to sleep.

    We got up at about 0415, grabbed our gear and went out the back door, hopefully not disturbing anyone. We used the bathrooms by the canteen because two of the ladies in our dorm were spending another night and didn’t have to get up early. It was beautiful at this time of morning, the moon was setting and the walls of the canyon were starting to light up.
    Breakfast was another wonderful meal and everything was delicious, best bacon ever!

    Time to get the hiking shoes and backpacks on and we were on our way at 0517. As we walked through the Bright Angel Campground it was 78 degrees, quite the change from yesterday’s 43 degrees.

    Before we knew it we were crossing the Colorado River and starting the upward climb, so much easier for me. Because there seemed to be more landmarks on this side, time and distance seemed to go much faster.

    Just before the Three Mile Resthouse it started sprinkling, we decided to fore-go the ponchos and just carry on. Well, we chose poorly and at the switchback just below the Resthouse the skies opened and a torrential downpour ensued. We are now trying to get ponchos on, they are flapping and flying in the wind. Then the rain seems to be getting harder and the next thing we know it is hailing and that really hurts. Then I feel a river run through my shoes. Ponchos finally are on but they did nothing to protect us. The only thing to do is carry on and start walking which we do but first we have to get by the mules that are parked on the trail. We spoke to the mule wrangler and were told to stay to the cliff side of the mules. This was easier said than done but we squeezed by and were on our way.

    For about a mile or so the trail was a mini river and there was running water cascading everywhere, it was very beautiful. We watched the storm move off and the sun reappeared.
    Every time we looked out over the canyon we had to say, “We were down there this morning, look how far we have come.” It was amazing!

    By the time we hit the 1 ½ Resthouse we were seeing more and more day hikers and the trail was getting very crowded and noisy, so different from yesterday.

    The closer we got to the top the more we wanted to get there but the less we wanted this fantastic journey to be over. But alas it had to come to an end and there was Dan, with two ice cold diet cokes and Mum and Dad cheering us on at the end, it couldn’t get much better than this.

    Got our damp shoes off, our comfy flip flops on and headed to the El Tovar to shower and get some lunch. We were so lucky to have others traveling with us. They drove from the North Rim to the South Rim and spent the night so we already had a room, didn’t have to wait to check in to get our shower.

    This was a fantastic trip and we are now hikers on the lookout for our next big one.

  98. Need a hiking partner!!!!

    Have a R2R2R planned for this weekend and my two hiking partners had to cancel last minute. 🙁

    Planning on doing it all at once from S (SK) to N to S (BA) in 24 hours or less starting Saturday.

    I just don’t want to do the overnight part by myself (because I have an irrational fear of mountain lions) so if someone wants to pair with me for at least that much I’d be eternally grateful. I’m flexible to start any time Saturday or Sunday, would prefer daylight at the rims because those are so beautiful and I’ve done those in the dark and missed the scenery previously.

    email me if you are interested and available!!! 🙂


  99. Our group hiked North to South May 22-26, 2015. It rained off and on the first three days, but cleared up for the remainder. The temps were great! The scenery was even “Grand-er!” We met a lady at the North Rim, who had completed a South to North run, and was meeting her partners in the campground, only to repeat her accomplishment THREE more times! We saw her each time, going one way or the other, a R2R2R2R! She looked great each time.

  100. Hiked my first R2R North to South May 19, and it was awesome! I hiked solo, so I could go at any pace I liked. The weather was perfect (I was a bit nervous since it snowed a few days before, and was very stormy the day before at the north rim!). It started out cold at 5:30 am on the north rim, but heated up to a pleasant temp fast enough, and never got unbearably hot. I had hiked South Kaibab to Bright Angel many years ago, but hiking the North Kaibab was so amazing. The landscape changes so frequently and is so beautiful. I expected Ribbon Falls to be beautiful, but it was so much more than I anticipated. It does involve a bit of rock scrambling to get in and out though, and the trail to/from the falls isn’t very clearly marked …

    Staying at Phantom Ranch allowed me to have a leisurely pace compared to so many that I saw doing R2R in one day! (You all rock!) Took me 10 hours to Phantom Ranch (with a long stop at Ribbon Falls), and 7 hours up the next day on Bright Angel. I think next time, I’ll head up the South Kaibab. I ended up carrying all my water on Bright Angel anyway (just because I felt like it), and while the scenery on Bright Angel is great, it doesn’t vary too much, so after Indian Gardens, your view is basically the same the rest of the way.

    Have a great hike everyone!

  101. Three of us are going R2R leaving North Rim June 15, 2015, camping three nights (Cottonwood, Bright Angel, Indian Gardens), out on the 18th. Two spots on the permit open. If interested, write me a story on how you would be there, fit our schedule, etc. Not looking for hiking partners, just offering a space to someone who might have been shut out. tim killer.jupiter@gmail.com

  102. I will be hiking R2R2R on the 29th of this Month (May) starting from the North side. I have 2 campsites at Mather Campground for the 29th and 30th. Originally there was 4 of us but it is down to just 2 of us as of today. If anyone needs a campsite for the South Rim on the 29th and/or 30th let me know.

  103. Norm Levy says:

    I just completed a five-day R-R-R hike to celebrate my 75th birthday. I’ve done this hike on 2 previous “significant” birthdays”, 60, 65, and now at 75. I left the SR on May 18 and stayed that night at PR. The next morning I started on the 14 mile trip up to the NR and stayed in the Lodge that night and the next to recover and prepare for the second half of the trip. On Thursday the 21st I headed back down to PR and topped out on the SR the next day. The weather was perfect, mainly cloud covered and abnormally cool for May. To celebrate, I headed to the El Tovar for lunch still in my hiking clothes and carrying my backpack and hiking stick. I got a few funny looks but the staff welcomed me with open arms and excellent food choices. If all goes well, I’ll do this again when I reach my next “significant” birthday, my 80th.

    • Congratulations on your adventure! My hat is off to you for completing the r2r2r! Wow! I’m sure we crossed paths, as I was with a group going North to South on May 22-26. Did you miss the rain? We didn’t!

  104. David Augustus says:

    On May 20, 2015, my wife Sandy and I hiked from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to celebrate the one anniversay of my heart valve replacement. A year ago, I had my biscupid aortic valve and root replaced with a mechanical heart valve. I wanted to reflect and show my gratitude for my surgeon’s great work by crossing off one my bucket list items (R2R). It was a perfect day of weather as we started at 5:30 am with 29 degree weather at the North Rim. At Phantom Ranch it was a pleasant 80 degrees. We made it out by 8 pm and enjoyed a cold beverage at the Bright Angel Lodge. We took the trans-canyon shuttle back the next morning and enjoyed the ride back to the North Rim. It was a great experience that I will never forget.

  105. FOG (Fat Old Guy) says:

    Hiking R2R late September with 1 night at Cottonwood, 2 at Bright Angel and at Indian Garden. Is there any point in taking tent stakes or is the ground too hard in the campgrounds? Should I just anchor the tent with rocks?

  106. David Chittenden says:

    Our family is hiking North to South on 5/29 and trying to arrange for our car to be transported to the South Rim by the evening of the 29th. Are there any hikers going South to North on the 28th that would want to drive our car back to the South Rim instead of taking the Shuttle service?

    Also, any suggestions would be helpful. We need to leave quickly from the South Rim the evening of the 29th to get back home.

    Please reply here or text David at 424-254-4606

    • Hey David,
      I can’t help with the car swap but I am doing the Rim to Rim from north to south on the 29th as well with a buddy. We are hiking back to the North Rim on the 30th. We plan on starting around 2:30am. Are you camping the night before the hike?

  107. I have set up a rim-to-rim hike for 2015 Labor Day weekend. Leaving the North rim on September 7th and hiking up Bright Angel on the other side. I am a distance runner and triathlete in pretty decent shape and I plan to train in the heat during the summer with hikes in the White Mountains. I’m taking the hike seriously and recognize the potential for very high temps in the canyon.

    I would like to travel light other than water (3 or 4 L) and essentials and do the hike in one day. What time should I plan to depart in the morning on the 7th? I already have a headlight system- is the trail pretty easy to follow in the dark? Or is it better to travel with more gear and camp overnight before climbing up the South rim?

    Looking for advice from people with more experience in the canyon. Thanks.

  108. Doug Houston says:


    My wife and I are doing R2R North to South on July 15, staying at Phantom Ranch then hiking out, staying overnight at south rim, question is….

    We have thought about hiking back in one day to the north rim….to get the vehicle…Crazy?

    We respect the heat/distance/soreness/…just want to get some thought on this…


    • Doug,

      If this is your first Rim to Rim we recommend you take the trans-canyon shuttle back. A one day hike from South to North is more difficult due to the higher elevation gain at the North Rim. You are also hiking at the hottest time of the year (July) and that means you would hit the box sometime in the afternoon.

      See how the first Rim to Rim goes and you can always head back. The Trans-Canyon shuttle is convenient plus you get that night at South Rim to celebrate!

      Good luck!

      Rim to Rim Club®

  109. Martin (Ozzy) Osborne says:

    I hiked the GC Rim to Rim to bring in my 61st B day. That was this last June and exited the GC on June 30th after 4 days 3 nights 34 miles with off shoot hikes on my 61st B day. Great feeling. I had hiked the South Kaibab trail with my daughter on June 6th for 3 days 2 nights to Phantom Ranch camping and Indian Gardens. Of course it is all cowboy camp due to the heat but I live in Phoenix and the heat doesn’t bother me.

  110. Hey everyone , who is hiking rim to rim on August 18 down from north rim? I’m going on my own, so maybe this way I can find someone in similar situation…. company is always welcomed 🙂

  111. We get messages and posts from hikers that have extra permit spots, cabin cancellations, lost an item on the trail, want to post a message to a hiker and/or want to update trail conditions for other hikers. Well, this is now the place to post this information!

    Good luck to all Rim to Rim hikers this season!

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