LATH 2019 Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike

Our LATH 2019 Grand Canyon Road Trip is set for: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Page Last Updated: October 6, 2019, 7:45 PM

  • All LATH hikes will be on Saturday, October 12.
  • We will all meet at Visitor Center Restrooms at 7:00 AM – 7:40 AM
  • Make sure you plan & pack accordingly. Weather is scheduled to be in the mid 70’s during the day (and a chilly 39/40 at night).
  • There will be 7 different hikes, each one of a different hiking level, ranging from easy to strenuous. This way everyone has a chance to hike the park in a level that suits their hiking experience.
  • We will try to keep teams to less than 15 hikers per group.
  • Each attending hiker is responsible for their arranging their own travel, accommodations (Hotel or Campsite), and all expenses for the trip. We are only planning the hikes for you.

Quick Itinerary

  • 7:00 am – 7:40 am – All LATH Hikers Meet at Visitors Center
  • ~8:00 am – Hikers are on shuttles to designated first hikes
    • Rim Trail
    • Three Mile Trail
    • Skeleton Point Trail
    • Indian Garden Trail
  • 11:00 AM – Mile-and-a-half Trail
  • 12:30 PM – Rim Trail
  • 2:00 PM – Rim Trail
  • ~4:00 PM – Event ends

All Hikers Meetup

7:00 am to 7:40 am
Meet by the Restrooms next to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center (Bus) Shuttle Station
Direct Link: https://goo.gl/maps/YWGyoE7aJAHPbozx8

We will all meet here and will depart on the appropriate shuttle with your designated hike leads to the 8am hikes. All other hikes that start after 8am will meet at their designated shuttle stop. We may also take an opportunity for a group picture when we meet, unless otherwise told.

Stay in contact with us via Facebook (This is optional)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2383964864989445/

HIKES:
We will do 5 Grand Canyon trails (but a total of 7 hikes)

We will be doing 5 trails, but one of them will be done two additional times for a total of 7 hikes. Make sure you travel ahead of time to the station you are to meet at. We suggest getting there earlier than the time indicated so you are there on time.

  • Rim Trail – Level 1 or 2 (~8:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM)
  • Mile-and-a-half Trail – Level 3 (11:00 AM)
  • Three Mile Trail – Level 5 (~8:00 AM)
  • Skeleton Point Trail – Level 5 (~8:00 AM)
  • Indian Garden Trail – Level 7 (~8:00 AM)

Or, by time:

  • ~8:00 AM (just after we meet from 7am-7:40am)
    • Rim Trail
    • Three Mile Trail
    • Skeleton Point Trail
    • Indian Garden Trail
  • 11:00 AM
    • Mile-and-a-half Trail
  • 12:30 PM
    • Rim Trail
  • 2:00 PM
    • Rim Trail

All hike details for the mentioned hikes are noted in the written sections below.

Rim Trail
(2-3 Miles Round Trip)

Level 1 or 2 – (Beginners/Easy, Mostly flat, Light Uphill)
via Grand Canyon Rim
This hike will take us along the Rim of the Grand Canyon with magnificent views. This is great for those looking for an easier hike and a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon. Perfect for Beginners and first time visitors.

Hike Is Available The Following Times:
~8:00 AM – Loading (Blue) shuttle at Visitor Center Shuttle Station immediately after we meet with the entire group at 7am-7:40am.

12:30 PM – Meets next to Hermits Rest (Blue) Shuttle Station
(DO NOT get off at Bright Angel stop, you’ll be at the wrong place)

2:00 PM – Meets next to Hermits Rest (Blue) Shuttle Station
(DO NOT get off at Bright Angel stop, you’ll be at the wrong place)

The Rim trail going up to Maricopa Point
Mile-and-Half Trail
(1.5 Miles Down, 3 Miles Round Trip)

Level 3 – (Light Steep, Good Uphill workout)
via Bright Angel Trail
This will take use 1.5 miles down (then back up) the Grand Canyon to a water stop. Amazing views and great for those looking to get an easier hike into the Canyon. Restrooms available at the destination. Although water may be available at the destination (if not turned off), make sure you bring and carry plenty of water.

Hike Available At:
11:00 AM – Meets next to Hermits Rest (Blue) Shuttle Station
(DO NOT get off at Bright Angel stop, you’ll be at the wrong place)

Three Mile Resthouse Trail
(3 Miles Down, 6 Miles Round Trip)

Level 5 – (Strenuous, Steep, Demanding Uphill)
via Bright Angel Trail
This will take us 3 miles down (then 3 miles back up) the Grand Canyon to a second water stop. Amazing views and great for those looking to get an easier hike into the Canyon. Restrooms available at the at first stop and at destination. Although water may be available at the first stop and at the destination (if not turned off), make sure you bring and carry plenty of water.

Hike Available At:
~8:00 AM – Loading (Blue) shuttle at Visitor Center Shuttle Station immediately after we meet with the entire group at 7am-7:40am.

To to Three Mile Resthouse
Skeleton Point Trail
(3 Miles Down, 6 Miles Round Trip)

Level 5 – (Strenuous, Steep, Demanding Uphill)
via South Kaibab Trail
This hike will take us down the South Kaibab trail, past Ooh Ahh Point and Cedar Ridge, to Skeleton Point. This hike is intended for those who can handle some good elevation loss/gain. Expect some gorgeous views of the canyon. There are no water stops available for this hike, please be prepared with plenty of water. And only one toilet stop at Cedar Ridge.

Hike Available At:
~8:00 AM – Loading (Orange) shuttle at Visitor Center Shuttle Station immediately after we meet with the entire group at 7am-7:40am.

Trail to Skeleton Point
Indian Garden Trail
(4.5 Miles Down, 9 Miles Round Trip)

Level 7 – (Strenuous, Steep, Highly Demanding Uphill)
via Bright Angel Trail
(No Beginners, More Intensity Uphill)
This will take us 4.5 miles down (past the first two water stops) the Grand Canyon. This is going to be a demanding hike which is intended for (repeat) visitors who have been doing some strenuous hikes recently. This grand experience will be unique to our more ambitious hikers. You’ll want to pack a lunch for this hike. Restrooms available at the at first & second stop and at destination. Although water may be available at the first & second stop and at the destination (if not turned off), make sure you bring and carry plenty of water.

Hike Available At:
~8:00 AM – Loading shuttle at Visitor Center Shuttle Station immediately after we meet with the entire group at 7am-7:40am.

Map to Indian Garden

Hike Notes
– Each hike will have two hike leads.
– Each hike will start a different time going to different locations.
– There will be different meeting points depending on what hike you choose.
– Start meeting at 7am to 7:40am.
– Hikers will be assigned their hike leads team.
– You may need to use the park shuttles for some of the hike meeting points.
– You cannot go past a certain point (which we will not go past) without a Special Use Permit, which we cannot provide/acquire. Thus, we will only go down as far as permitted by the National Park Service. (Our hikes account for this limitation)

NEW TO THE GRAND CANYON?
Please note that these hikes are simply one way of getting out and exploring the Grand Canyon during your visit. If this is your first time to the Grand Canyon, we suggest you try an easier level hike and use the rest of the time for sight-seeing. It may also benefit if you’d like to enjoy your day with a good breakfast first and then attend an easier adventure. There’s plenty to see, even if you don’t get to do a (bigger) hike.

PARK SHUTTLE BUSES
Shuttles are a good way to get around the park. You’ll need them to get to certain meeting points for some of the hikes. Make sure you know what shuttle stop you will be meeting at:
http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm

YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Although we’d like to take everyone on our hikes for this event, we may not be able to accommodate everyone. This said, you are more than welcome to explore the vast number of other trails on your own with a group of fellow hikers. Remember though, that you should be considerate in how many people you have with you. There are more trails in the area than just the ones being used for our hikes.

PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER
The weather will be vastly different at the Grand Canyon than in L.A. Make sure you dress in layers accordingly for 75’ish degree day weather and a chilly 35 degree weather at night.

A GRAND EXPERIENCE
Our efforts were to get LATH hikers to come out to the Grand Canyon and enjoy some time in the wonder of this amazing place. However, if you decide to spend your time there, we hope your experience is a memorable one.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO THE GRAND CANYON:
— Read the hike’s detail page for this event.
— Make sure your car’s tires are set with the suggested tire pressure.
— Check breaks. Check oil, A/C, and Air filters.
— Keep water handy to drink while you’re on the road.
— Keep a few snacks handy as well.
— You may encounter areas where radio signal is weak, so you may want to pack up some tunes (CD’s, MP3 players, etc.) to keep you going.
— Carpooling to the park is highly recommended.
— From the general L.A. area, it should be about a 8 hour drive. Depending on what day and time you leave.

PRIOR TO GOING TO THE MEETING POINT:
— Fill up your car’s gas tank PRIOR to arriving to meeting point.
— Pack all your day’s hiking water and snacks.
— Pack all your hiking gear and essentials.
— Hat, (Hydration) backpack, sunscreen, light hiking clothes, extra water, comfortable shoes for hiking, and after hike snacks.
— HAVE A GOOD/LITE BREAKFAST before heading to the meeting point
— MAKE SURE YOU PACK A GOOD LUNCH  FOR THE TRIP.
— Leave unnecessary items back at your accommodations so you have plenty of space in your vehicle.
— Parking at certain stops in the park may be limited in spaces, so please consider carpooling (consolidating car rides) on the day of the hike. Ideally prior to going to the meeting point.
— Consolidate before you go to the meeting to the caravan to the park.
— Make sure to use the restroom prior to arriving to the meeting point.
— We’ll take about 1 hour to get to the park after we leave the meeting point.
— We suggest you getting a good night’s rest on Friday night (don’t party the night before the event).
— We need you to be 100% on the morning/day of the hike.
— Alcohol in (or potentially in) your system is not good for our group atmosphere. Being hungover and dehydrated is not a suitable state to be in for this event. So if you do find yourself in this situation, we please urge you to reconsider attending the hike/event so you don’t make yourself an issue for the group.
— You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Grand Canyon after the intended event.

GRAND CANYON PARK INFORMATION:
  • Website: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
  • Park Entrance Fees ($35): Click here
  • The drive from the general Los Angeles area to the Grand Canyon South Rim is about 8 hours (with rest stops). Same goes for the way back.
  • The typical drive follows the: 605 North > 210 East > 15 North > Barstow > 40 East > Williams Exit > 64 North which turns into 180 North > Grand Canyon Park Entrance.
ACCOMMODATIONS (CAMPING/HOTEL):

We want you to have the best experience, so we want you to be prepared by giving you some recommendations as to where to stay while you are there.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Start booking your accommodations now so you are not left without any options campsites/hotels get booked quickly (this is why we posted this page early).
  • For the best experience, you should consider booking your hotel or campsite to check-in Friday October 10 to check-out Sunday October 12 ( Monday 13,  if you have the day off).
  • We recommend you arrive on Friday to (setup any tents and settle in) get some good rest for the following morning.
  • We recommend you drive back either Sunday, or Monday (if you have the day off).

CAMPGROUND SHARE:
Have some spaces open at your campsite? Looking to see who else is camping? Let us know here: http://bit.ly/1klV7cI

MatherCampground
Mather Campground

CAMPING OPTION:
For those of you wanting to camp close to other hikers, we are suggesting getting your campsite at Mather Campground, AZ  – (MAP)

– Campsites must be reserved on recreation.gov. Here’s a quick link to the indicated campground: http://1.usa.gov/QXtNt0
– The primary camp loop will be: Pine Loop (Campsites: 266A -317)
– Should that area fill up, we suggest an overflow area to be: Oak Loop (Campsites: 201-233)
– Make sure you specify the correct date range so you have the right number of days booked.
– The campsites are typically $18.00 per night.
– The noted campsites allow a max of 6 people and a max of 2 vehicles.
– NOTE: Make sure you check the specific details for your campsite, by clicking on the icon in the map, as it might be slightly different. There is more information on each.
– Have open spots at your campsite?  Or, are looking to share a campsite with someone who already has one? You can use the following sheet to connect with each other:
– LATH Campground Sharing: http://bit.ly/1klV7cI

HOTEL OPTION:
If you are not the camping type and prefer to stay in a hotel, we have recommendations for hotels in the following areas:

Williams, AZ
Williams, AZ

 – Inside the Park Area
* Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar Hotel, Maswik Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, and more. (http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com)
http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/lodging.htm
  * Closest to meeting point, but a bit expensive.

 –  Grand Canyon Village, AZ  (MAP)
* Best Western Premier, Red Feather, Grand Canyon Hotel, Canyon Plaza Resort, and more.
* Slightly north of the Grand Canyon National Park Airport
* Closest to Park, but likely more expensive

–  Williams, AZ (MAP)
* Econo Lodge, Motel 6, Grand Canyon Hotel, Rodeway Inn, The Lodge, El Rancho Motel, and more.
* Best variety of hotel/motels
* Easier in price
* About 1 hour drive to Park Entrance. Not a bad option since you’ll primarily be sleeping here.
* This is our best suggestion if you want something reasonable.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THIS ROAD TRIP HIKE?
1. Read the Hike’s Details above (seen above).
2. Make sure that the Hike Levels accommodates your hiking experience.
3. Understand that all accommodations and transportation will be the responsibility of each attending hiker.
4. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event via Facebook and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.