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Hiking the Grand Canyon I spent 5 years traveling America and have been to 40 states I kept a detailed journal of my travels One of my favorite places I visited was the Grand Canyon My husband and I took an 18-mile day hike We spent the night in Flagstaff and arrived early at the South Rim entrance Of all of the pictures I have seen of the Grand Canyon I was truly surprised by how many trees and how green the Grand Canyon was I was really expecting a big barren red hole but trees were everywhere The panorama over the edge of the rim was overwhelming We wanted to start our hike from Yaki Point at the South Kaibab Trailhead a few miles east of Bright Angel and hike back up Bright Angel Trail which emerges at Bright Angel Lodge We took the free shuttle bus which 45 minutes later took us to within 2 miles of the trailhead We hiked from there until reaching Yaki Point at an elevation of around 7200 feet Once there looking over the edge of the Grand Canyon is amazing breathtaking and unbelievable I didnt get a true feel for how large and astounding the Grand Canyon is until I started to hike into it South Kaibab Trail is 63 miles to the bottom and is one of the few trails in the park that follows the ridge lines instead of the canyons it is very steep This allowed us to see up the top and below to the bottom almost the whole way In fact just a few hundred yards into the descent we saw the Colorado River almost a mile below It made me feel like I had been
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