I’ve only done it while leading a group but with that said I would totally do it solo. Even solo it’s not like you’ll be alone since it’s so heavily trafficked.
Yes! Hiked down and up the Kaibab fifty years ago. When I eached the rim, everyone was pointing at the moon at the moment when neil Armstrong was about to make nesmall step. I got to a TV andwatched, fascinated.
You will hardly be alone, unless you do it at night. They are the busiest trails I have eer experienced.
Hi Happy Camper
Recently found out that my hiking partner will Not be able to do this GC Hike, due to health issues We booked this together back in October 2018 and now I need to decide either to hike by myself (I’m not a seasoned experienced hiker by no means but I do have about 1 year of hiking experience and common sense) or cancel the trip completely I’m very torn on what to do Thoughts?
What arrangements have you made? Reservations at PhantomRanch? Overnight permits? What is the longest you have hiked in one day? With hw much elevation gain or loss?
In many ways, the BAand K trail system is an ideal way to test yourself. The trails are in excellent shape, wide, easy to follow, and well maintained. There is lots of traffic so you will not be isolated or distant from help. "Drag out service" is available (for a price!!)
The elevation gains/losses are great, and you are exerting in an arid environment. What is your experience in those conditions. Carry plenty of water and keep your self hydrated - that is critical. For that reason, plan on ascending the BA where water is available at Indian Gardens - basically no water on the South Kaibab.
Start early and allow plenty of time.
Without knowing you and your capabilities, one cannot give a firm recommendation. The GC is not to be missed, the trail system is well used (perhaps too well used) and the physical challenge is significant. You will remember your trip always.
I've hiked alone in the Canyon and highly recommend it. My itinerary was for three nights, down Grandview and over to Hance Creek, then Cottonwood Creek, Horseshoe Mesa and out. S Kaibab and BA are more popular trails, are you thinking day hike or overnight?