A backpacker on the Tonto Trail above the Colorado River, Grand Canyon.

A backpacker above the Colorado River near the Tonto Trail in the Grand Canyon.

I felt dubious when a backcountry ranger who’s hiked every mile of trail in the Grand Canyon told me this is the park’s best backpacking trip. After all, there isn’t a mediocre hike in the canyon. Then I backpacked this route and found out he was right. Arduous, with limited water sources and some challenging scrambling and exposure, this 74.3-mile hike from the South Kaibab Trailhead to Lipan Point is not for novices. (See my e-guide “The Best First Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon.”) But for seasoned backpackers, this traverse delivers the complete Grand Canyon experience: remoteness, solitude, wonderful campsites, adventure, and incredible scenery from the South Rim to the Colorado River. This premium e-guide is the most comprehensive guide you’ll find to the best multi-day hike in the Grand Canyon. It will tell you all you need to know—including expert advice on the ideal times of year, how to obtain a popular backcountry permit, travel logistics, gear, safety, and other details—and it covers several alternative itineraries, most of them shorter.

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