Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch & Sedona
April 23 - 28, 2022
(6 days, 5 nights; Sat - Thu)Related Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives. Note that private lodging is not available for our night at Phantom Ranch.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Flagstaff.
Not included: Airline service to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
“The guides were excellent. I’ve had a good guides on other trips, but George and Joe far surpassed any previous experiences. Their knowledge, kindness, and attention to detail was fabulous.” Rim-to-Rim hiker
The Grand Canyon is such an unbelievable place and geological phenomenon, and a bucket list item for those who truly love hiking is a trip to the bottom of the canyon. This tour combines a couple days in the red rocks of Sedona, before approaching the Grand Canyon itself. After an exploration day of the south rim, we hike to the bottom via South Kaibab Trail, and back up to the South Rim on Bright Angel Trail the next day. With an early spring hike, we will avoid the crowds and heat of summer. The bottom of the canyon stays warm year round, but at the south rim, with an elevation of 7,000 feet, we may encounter some freezing temperatures. As prepared hikers, we can enjoy the vast variety of the canyon as we descend from the ponderosa forests at the rim through the layers of Kaibab limestone, Coconino sandstone and hermit shale to the Colorado at the base of the Canyon. The variety within the Canyon is overwhelming. The land forms, the colors, the spectacular vistas, that first sighting of the Colorado. Every one of the 40* switchbacks along the trail offers its own visual and sensual adventure. A night at the bottom, in the historic Phantom Ranch is our reward – and our preparation, as next day we must regain all our altitude. After a celebration dinner at Grand Canyon south, we have one more exciting dip below the rim to a lookout point before our return to Flagstaff.
*In Timberline’s 40th anniversary year, we are celebrating all things 40
|Day 1||Group assembles in Flagstaff, van shuttle to Sedona: Mescal Loop Trail||7|
|Day 2||Hike the Bell Rock Loop||8|
|Day 3||Transfer to the South Rim, hike the Trail of Time, extending on the West Rim Trail||6|
|Day 4||Early morning departure South Kaibab Trail: (5400-foot descent); overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||7|
|Day 5||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail; overnight lodging on South Rim||9|
|Day 6||Hike from Hermit's Rest to Dripping Springs; return to Flagstaff||6|