Grand Canyon Rim to River to Rim
May 13 - 18, 2022
(6 days, 5 nights; Fri - Wed)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 nights at Phantom Ranch.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
“Patty and Thom are the best! well prepared, thoughtful, do a great job cheerleading everyone at the right time for their needs.” Debi
The Grand Canyon is such an unbelievable place and geological phenomenon, and we truly believe that, if you’re a hiker to the core, at some time in your life you need to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. For this trip we will get the full experience of this popular National Park, from the popular Rim Walk as an introduction, to a visit to Indian Garden, to the spectacular descent to the bottom of the canyon with an extra day to explore, to the do or die ascent back up to the quiet north rim. Our early hikes exploring the plateaus and canyons will get our legs ready for the breathtaking descent into the Grand Canyon, 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 switchback along the trail is its own visual and sensual adventure.
To complement the grand experience, we stay in the historic national park lodges. We first stay at the famed Maswik Lodge, named for a Hopi Kachina, on the south rim. We move to the only lodging below the rim of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch, whose main lodge and rustic cabins were built in the 1920’s. Our final hurrah is at Grand Canyon Lodge on the north rim, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places for 40* years.
*In Timberline’s 40th anniversary year, we are celebrating all things 40
|Day 1||Group assembles in Flagstaff, transfer to Grand Canyon Village, hike the west Rim Trail||5|
|Day 2||Hike into the Canyon on Bright Angel trail to Indian Garden, return||9.6|
|Day 3||Hike from the South Rim, down the Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River, overnight at Phantom Ranch||6.3|
|Day 4||Layover Day at Phantom Ranch, (join us for one or two half-day hikes), relax and enjoy the Colorado River||3-6|
|Day 5||Hike to the North Rim - North Kaibab Trail, overnight at Grand Canyon Lodge||14|
|Day 6||Hike into Cathedral slot canyon, return to Flagstaff||3.4|