i already posted a taste of my grand canyon experience, but now you can experience my hike along the bright angel trail in all its glory. enjoy.
first view from the bright angel trailhead
one of two “underpasses” at the beginning of the trail
the trail was replete with beautiful vistas
closeup of the rock layer striations on the north rim of the grand canyon
i didn’t know it yet, but that fine line in the distance is the trail to plateau point, my eventual destination
steps carved into the trail
me and the grand canyon
this is great, i didn’t even read it when i took the picture, but it shows i’ve descended 2256 feet below the rim–about 900 feet to go
row of mules parked on the trail
level with the plateau, heading out to the rim of the inner canyon
almost there! i can see people looking at the colorado river from plateau point
the river! the inner canyon! i am triumphant!
the colorado river to the left
i have conquered plateau point!
gorgeous vista, clouds finally breaking, and time for me to head out of the canyon
long road ahead
looking back at the canyon
what was i thinking?! (notice i’ve barely ascended at all at this point)
getting up there—it just got more and more stunning at every switchback
close up of plateau point, where i was earlier
coated with red sandstone dust, taking a break
the grand canyon in the early evening, nearly at the rim
woo-hoo! 8-9 hours later i make it out (notice i’m holding myself up with the railing)
Note: These photos originally appeared in my photo galleries.