absolutely grandWednesday, February 22, 2017
I decide to start (just this year, oy) a travel log.This trip is definitely one that takes some planning. And, in case anyone is interested, I will give you some tips and highlights. (Please feel free to email me at anytime.) Steve and I traveled with a couple and she has had the unbelievable gift of hiking and staying at Phantom Ranch eleven times. (Eleven!)
Some tips and points to mention:
•If planning on staying at Phantom Ranch, you must book this adventure a year in advance. So, if you would like to hike down during March 2018, you will need to make reservations on March 1, 2017. It gets pretty hot in the Canyon (Typically 10-20 degrees warmer.) So, February/March are great months to travel.
•We hiked down Kaibab, stayed in the Cabins for 2 nights and hiked up Bright Angel.
•You can choose to stay in a cabin or a dorm. The cabins have 2 sets of bunk beds. The dorms sleep 10.
•Two nights is an ideal time to stay at the Ranch making day hikes out of your time in the Canyon.
•It took us 6 hours to hike down Kaibab (leaving the south rim at 9:30am) and 8 hours to hike back up Bright Angel (leaving the Ranch at 6:20am).
•There are 2 seatings for breakfast 5:30am/7:00am and 2 seatings for dinner 5:30pm and 7:00pm. We ate the 7pm dinner after arrival at the ranch, the 7am breakfast and the 5:30pm dinner during our day in the Canyon. And, the 5:30am breakfast on the day we headed out of the Canyon.
•Plan to arrive at the Ranch before 4pm if you would like to enjoy a cold beer. Kitchen closes at 4pm in order to set up for dinner.
I can honestly say this was probably the trip and time of my life in terms of personal achievement. It hits all levels... Spiritual, Emotional and Physical. I was completely and utterly in awe.