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Hiking Grand Canyon from Rim to River: An Adventure to Phantom Ranch

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Cynthia Good Jan 07, 2016 at 08:21 AM

We are looking forward to doing this trip on February. However, on the east coast we are hearing that El Nino is predicted to dump a lot of snow out west over the next couple of weeks. If that happens, how will it impact this trip? Would it be cancelled? Do you recommend bringing gaiters? Thanks.

Yes, we are getting snow here in northern Arizona. We will not cancel unless the Grand Canyon National Park itself is closed. Even when it is wintry at the rim of the Canyon, it is about 20-30 degrees warmer and dryer at the bottom. Hiking in the Grand Canyon this time of year can be more rewarding because it provides an opportunity for solitude not found during most times of the year. A winter hike can be more challenging because of the chance of snow, ice and cold temperatures. In winter we frequently see snow and ice just below the rim and, on occasion, up to 2 miles from the top. If temperatures warm a bit there can also be mud! If you have your own ice-walkers, feel free to bring them. If needed, in-step crampons will be provided for all participants. If you have gaiters and wish to bring them along, please do. However, they are not necessary as we are not usually breaking trail. Gaiters can also help keep mud off your pants!

Kathy Kessler Dec 21, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Did this trip at the end of November. Fun, educational, and a good workout. Guides were warm and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Paula Terry Dec 15, 2015 at 05:08 PM

Our trip starts Feb. 2nd. How soon will we receive training and equipment information?
Hiam Gozaine Dec 15, 2015 at 05:29 PM

one month before.It's a wonderful hike.To see the Grand Canyon and it's awesomeness is quite an experience.

Margie Lee Sep 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Our program is scheduled to begin Nov. 4, 2015. What if there's a government shutdown?

Cynthia Good Sep 11, 2015 at 05:09 PM

Will you be offering additional dates in 2016?

We have to apply for accommodations/permits one year out. We will be vying for spaces for October of 2016 on October 1, 2015 and so on. If and when we secure the dates we will post on the website. Keep your fingers crossed that we are able to get permits for this one-of-a-kind program.

Joan Uraneck Sep 08, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Is special equipment needed for February hikes down into the canyon? Like special hiking boots ? Is snow likely?

Hi Joan, you should have good hiking boots and hiking poles. If there is snow/ice we will provide in-step crampons or you can bring your own. It's anyone's guess if there will be snow!

Deb Chaffin Aug 26, 2015 at 07:03 PM

How do I find the training guides and equipment lists for this program? I am registered for the Nov 28 through Dec 3 dates.

Hi Deb, the information from before is still accurate (if you still have your packet). We should be getting the current packet for your November program out to you in the next 2 weeks. Feel free to call us at 800-411-3086 if you have additional questions. We do check in with every particpant prior to the program to check on training and to answer questions.
Deb Chaffin Sep 08, 2015 at 01:06 PM

Thank you

Mary Pierce Jul 08, 2015 at 09:41 PM

Hi, does Road Scholar group get the early 5AM seating for breakfast at Phantom Ranch?

Hi Mary, we try to get the early breakfast for the hike out day. In the fall it is at 5:30 a.m. On the layover day we go for the 'late' breakfast -- 7 a.m.!

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