Hike to Bright Angel Point on the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Arizona Bright Angel Point Trail

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Bright Angel Point Trail is the perfect hike for either hanging out at sunset with a beer or waking up and catching the sunrise with a cup of coffee.

The trailhead begins at the North Rim Lodge/Visitor Center that rests of the edge of the Grand Canyon and heads east until you reach Bright Angel Point a half mile later.  It's connected to the large outdoor patio where visitors are allowed to relax and enjoy a beer in the evening or cup of coffee in the morning with the Grand Canyon mere feet in front of you.

What you'll notice most about the trail is how it juts out into the middle of the Grand Canyon, providing an up-close-and-personal feeling that you can't get on any trail on the South Rim without a lot of effort.  It's one of the more spectacular views of the Grand Canyon you'll come across.  Both the sunrise and sunset should be experienced for the way each lights up the canyon a bit differently.  If you're lucky enough to have a full moon or be there during the supermoon it adds a whole other element to both times of day.  Keep in mind that if you are a photographer and you hate crowds of people sunrise is the best time to get out.  Unfortunately, everyone wants to hang out during sunset, which can cause some issues if you're trying to use a tripod.

The Bright Angel Point Trail is handicap accessible, which is awesome because it allows visitors with physical disabilities to still get that feeling of being away from the rim while still being on it.

It does tend to be windy on the rim, so make sure you're careful if you decide to climb any rocks.  Bright Angel Point offers you an opportunity to climb a couple of stacked, giant rocks.  They're stable, but one bad step and you become a Grand Canyon legend.

Pack List

  • Camera, duh.
  • Tripod
  • Hat
  • An 8 oz bottle of water works fine for this trail
  • Any kind of footwear will do, but closed toed shoes are always safer
  • Money - for when you go back to the lodge and want a drink or food
  • Parachute and squirrel suit?  Bad idea...
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How to Get There

9 months ago

Great viewpoint but right beside the lodge

If you're staying at the lodge Bright Angel Point is perfect, otherwise it's a bit unnecessarily developed compared to other trails and viewpoints on the rim. Pretty nice sunrise spot, but other viewpoints on Point Imperial Road would definitely have less people.

9 months ago

11 months ago

Great Spot to Take It All In

Bright Angel Point is easy to get to and is an excellent place to relax after a long day of hiking. It snowed during my visit, so I took in the sunset with a hot cup of Joe.

11 months ago

Added by Jared Blitz

Fitness and Wellness Manager at JCC Denver, an exercise physiologist, a lover of the outdoors, and fulfilled by shooting landscape photography.

Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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