While we were at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon we had to hike one of the trails, and we chose to hike the most popular trail which is the Bright Angel trail which begins in front of the South Rim Lodge.
One thing to know before you start on this trail is that this is the same trail that the donkeys use for the canyon tour and they not only leave a mess, but you need to make sure you are on the wall side of the trail when they pass you because they take up whatever room on the trail they want and you don’t want to be pushed toward the wrong edge of the trail. (This is also a good tip for passing non-english speaking tourists.)
Not far into our hike we found a tunnel and a window in the rock. It’s amazing how big these things are, you could almost stand in the rock window if you could find a way to get to it.
The Bright Angel trail is not an easy hike, there is a large elevation change and the trail is not always easy to walk. You can see the end of the trail before it turns to go down to the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch which is an all day hike. The point you can see where the trail ends in this photo is about 6 miles away.
Because we started our hike so late in the day and because we had a long hike back up the canyon, we stopped our hike about 1.5 miles into the trail. And just for you guys, we had to do a self portrait.
And with sunset coming, you can see the colors starting to appear on the canyon walls over the Bright Angel Trail just before we headed back to our camp site.