A backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon is on the bucket list of every serious hiker. Most rim to rim (R2R) hikers choose to start on the north rim at the North Kaibab Trailhead (8,241′) as it is 1,000 feet higher than the South Kaibab Trailhead (7,260′). Most hikers do the trip in 3-4 days depending on permits availability and fitness level.
North Kaibab Trailhead to South Kaibab Trailhead 21 miles
North Kaibab Trailhead Bright Angel Trailhead 23.5 miles
“After a failed attempt at age 61 to hike to Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch, I located James Fisher online in a query as to “how to learn to hike Grand Canyon”. That started a life changing relationship. With his personal coaching, expert and easily understood exercises and training schedule, I completed a rim-to-rim trip with a group the following year. James has continued to be my coach for various events since. He is my trusted source for training and general activity.” Jerry Porter