The Best First Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon

Backpacking the Grand Canyon rim to rim takes you on a uniquely scenic tour of one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders. This premium e-guide is the most comprehensive guide you will find to backpacking the park’s three “corridor trails:” the South and North Kaibab and Bright Angel trails. These are the Grand Canyon’s most backpacker-friendly trails because they have the best construction quality, water availability, access, and ease of navigation.

This e-guide covers everything you need to know, including expert advice on the ideal times of year, how to obtain a backcountry permit, travel logistics, gear, safety, and itineraries for backpacking rim to rim in either direction, plus four alternative itineraries—making it a complete guide to the various possible multi-day hikes on the three corridor trails.

See many photos in my blog stories “Fit to be Tired: Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a Day” and “April Fools: Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim” (which are premium content, requiring a subscription to read), or “Photo Gallery: Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim” (which is free for anyone to read).

Purchase this e-guide NOW to begin planning your rim-to-rim backpacking trip across the Grand Canyon!

Back to E-Guides

Add These Expert E-Guides to Your Order!

$24.95

This e-guide bundle gives you a 20% discount on two bestselling e-guides, a combined $29.90 value: “The Best First Backpacking Trip in Yosemite” describes a beginner-friendly, 37.2-mile loop from Yosemite Valley that hits famous highlights, including the Mist Trail past 317-foot Vernal Fall and 594-foot Nevada Fall, a section of the John Muir Trail, the cable route up Half Dome…

Add to cart

$8.95

If you’re looking for a supremely scenic, beginner- and family-friendly backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park, the 19.7-mile, two- to three-day Paintbrush Canyon-Cascade Canyon loop is the one for you. Featuring scenery just as outstanding as anywhere else in the park, it’s a great trip for even the most experienced backpackers.

Add to cart

$8.95

One of the most uniquely magnificent and coveted hikes in the National Park System, The Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion squeezes down to just 20 to 30 feet across in places, with sandstone walls that rise as much as a thousand feet tall.

Add to cart