Bob and Andy and Andy's friend Zarko backpacked in the Grand Canyon for five nights:
1. Indian Garden, halfway down
2. Clear Creek, a good day's hike
3. Day hiking and another night at Clear Creak
4. Bright Angel, near Phantom Ranch
5. Day hiking and another night at Bright Angel
Then the 5000 foot vertical climb out, completed by 3 pm
Why stop at Indian Garden on the way in? Because you are not allowed in camp in any one place more than two nights. We had to avoid a third night in Bright Angel. Ergo...
This is a highly recommended itinerary for a first trip in the Grand Canyon. The only challenging day is Indian Garden to Clear Creek. We met a pair who left Grand Canyon Village in the morning and reached Clear Creek at noon, but they were really pushing it!
The Colorado from Plateau Point
The silvery Colorado near Phantom Ranch
On the Clear Creek trail
Keep your distance...
Moonrise at Clear Creek
On the plateau approaching Clear Creek
Spires above Clear Creek
Down Clear Creek from the camp
Picking our way through cactus
Leaving Clear Creek
Spring leaves at the bottom of the canyon
Notes and photos from places around the world that have villages, ruins, and good food. And $35 hotels... Also, wilderness 4x4 camping and backpacking.