Photo Gallery: Hiking Across the Grand Canyon

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By Michael Lanza

Whether you backpack it or hike it in one very long day, trekking across the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim is one of our National Park System’s most scenic and aspirational adventures, in one of the planet’s most magnificent and unfathomable landscapes—as this photo gallery illustrates better than any words. Want to take this hike? Read on to learn how.

For the ultra-fit and experienced, hiking across and back in a day—known as a rim-to-rim-to-rim or “r2r2r,” and comprising at least 44 miles and 11,000 vertical feet—could be the greatest single day of hiking of your life (unless, of course, you do it again).

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4 Responses to Photo Gallery: Hiking Across the Grand Canyon

  1. arizonahikersguide   |  April 23, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I am planning a rim to rim to rim hike and I cannot wait!! I have only explored the south rim and I hear only good things about the north rim. Thank you for sharing the pictures, they were awesome!

    • michaellanza   |  April 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      You’re welcome, have fun. The North Kaibab Trail will amaze you.

  2. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel)   |  September 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I did the rim to rim to rim trip several years ago in mid-October. Although it involved two long days it remains one of my all time favourite hikes. We started on the North Rim, stayed on the South Rim for two nights so we could have a rest day and then returned the third day. Fantastic every step of the way.

    • michaellanza   |  April 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Sounds like a good way to do it. I’m eager to go back again.

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