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Tips For a Successful Hike in Grand Canyon

Going on a hike is wonderful way to experience the canyon's rich natural beauty.
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Hikers On North Kaibab Trail. Photo by Whit Richardson

Hikers On North Kaibab Trail. Photo by Whit Richardson

First time Grand Canyon hikers tend to react to the experience in one of two ways: either they can't wait to get back, or they swear they'll never do it again.

Going on a hike is wonderful way to experience some of the canyon's rich natural beauty and immense size. However, even if you are an avid hiker, hiking the Grand Canyon is very different from most other hiking experiences.

Mental attitude and adequate water and food consumption are absolutely essential to the success of any Grand Canyon hike, particularly in summer. The day hiker and the overnight backpacker must be equally prepared for the lack of water, extreme heat and cold, and isolation characteristic of the Grand Canyon.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon is so demanding that even people in excellent condition often emerge sore and fatigued. Yet small children, senior citizens, and people with physical disabilities have successfully hiked the canyon.

A hike into the Grand Canyon will test your physical and mental endurance. Know and respect your limitations. Moderation is the key to an enjoyable hike.

Successful hikers:

Read and follow the suggestions and regulations listed on this website.
Plan their hike before they start and go prepared.
Hike during the cooler, shadier time of the day.
Go slowly, rest often, and stay cool.
Eat salty foods and drink water or sports drink.

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