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Old 11-21-2016   #1
 
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Questions about hiking into phantom ranch

Alright, guys we are meeting a river trip at phantom ranch. We got some questions ...
Where's the best place to stay the night before?
If phantom ranch is full (the lodge ) has anybody just camped up top and hiked down and met your trip is this unreasonable?
Anybody stayed in tusayan and hiked in? We are meeting them on the 5 of January.
Anyway you sagacious buzzards lend me thine opinions....


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Old 11-22-2016   #2
 
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There's a nice campground at Phantom Ranch that isn't busy that time of year. I think you need to get a reservation for that.
Plenty of hotel options on the South Rim.


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Old 11-22-2016   #3
 
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As mentioned above, you have choices. Mather Campground on the rim, reservations needed, Ten-X Campground I believe is closed. Tusayan is expensive. Maswik has better prices during the winter. The cabins and dorms at Phantom Ranch book
a year in advance, Bright Angel Campground at Phantom takes reservations. Best to
plan for snow on the rim and for the first couple of miles, take crampons, Babbitt's (Village Market Place) sells them. Monday, November 28, Xanterra.com is having a
discount on some national park lodgings. PM me if you need other info.
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2tomcat2 pretty much covered it. Top can be icy so plan on taking in-step crampons. If you forgot them, aim for the mule shit, it provides traction.


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Campground @ Phantom does require reservations, but they're easy to get for that time of year -- assuming you don't wait until the night before. And even then I've never seen it full.
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Make sure you plan your time right. Hiking in from Angels down to Phantom could take 4+ hours in January, especially if you're packing gear. It's steep at the top and steep at the bottom. Sounds like fun.
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Stay in a hotel on the rim, or tuseyan, start hiking at daybreak. Crampons are a great idea, and likely needed. Do you have a dry suit to wear on the river??? I hope so! Minimize the gear on your back when hiking. Send your stuff ahead with your boatman, good luck.


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I did the hike in last year in February. There was a little snow at the top but it didn't go very far down into the canyon. At a brisk pace I made it to Phantom from South Kaibab in an hour and a half. I would give myself 3 hours at a leisurely pace. I would also suggest descending N. Kaibab over Bright Angel.

After Thanksgiving lodging in Tusayan goes down significantly in cost. I stayed at the Holiday Inn for around $75.
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North Rim would still be closed in January, except by skiing or snowshoeing into the N. Kaibab trailhead....perhaps South Kaibab?
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North Rim would still be closed in January, except by skiing or snowshoeing into the N. Kaibab trailhead....perhaps South Kaibab?
Correct. I wrote South Kaibab the first time and was in a hurry. My bad.
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