|Bright Angel Trail from the Rivers Edge|
While this transition took place, part of our group enjoyed a hike along portions of the Bright Angel, River, and South Kaibab Trails; exploring the river area and Phantom Ranch. My brother and I took off with the group that was hiking out, hiking 4 miles along the river, streams, and up Bright Angel Trail, meeting with the new group coming in, and hiking the 4 miles back.
|River Landing at Black Bridge|
|Black Bridge - looking toward the river landing|
|Silver Bridge - our crossing for Bright Angel Trail|
|The start - Bright Angel Trail|
We cut away from the river to begin our ascent. There were a couple of streams nearby which allowed for a cool down as necessary.
We then hit the area of switchbacks, which provided for a good workout and some nice views! At this point, we were still unsure how far we would go before we met the group coming down. We expected a minimum of 5 miles.
|The four day raft group hiking out|
|Point where we had accounted for all of new rafters coming in|
|4 miles out - turn around point!|
We made our way back down to join the others. A cold beer, our group together, and now some new friends on the raft. Let the journey continue!
We made camp at RM110. While tents went up, we slept under the stars each night. The rushing river and shooting stars made for a great nights sleep.