Most people want to play above the rim but when you go out to the Grand Canyon you will want to be sure to go beneath the rim to check out some of the views up to the top of the canyon. Most visitors to the canyon crowd up in Grand Canyon village or at the most popular view points and don’t get on trails at all. However, to really understand the enormity of what you are seeing it is important to take some time to explore beneath the rim. The trails are steep but for people that are in moderate shape they shouldn’t be too difficult because they are well marked and well traveled. Just be sure to understand your limits since over 250 people per year have to be evacuated or emergency rescued. Sadly during our hike on the next day we saw someone get airlifted off the mountain after they had a heart attack…we found out in the newspaper the next day that he didn’t make it.
Photo of the Day – Stormy skies in the Canyon
During the hike the skies grew grey and overcast – off in the horizon you can see the rain coming in. We were about three miles into it and about 2,000 feet below the rim. Luckily, the rain stayed away for the most part outside of a few random sprinkles and while we saw lighting on the distant horizon there was never any imminent danger where we were hiking. The crowds are so much lighter on the hikes and while we were fortunate to be there in September during a period where the weather was moderate (in the 80s in the canyon) there is always the possibility of 100+ degrees as you get closer to the bottom so be careful if you ever do go out and hike. They have signs posted all over warning people of the dangers of trying to hike to the bottom and out in one day. Numerous people have tried and died as a result – even those that have run numerous marathons.