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All-Women Grand Canyon Hiking Challenge

Alyssa Whoa, Kate Hill, Dara Kelly, TSX
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1 Person
4 day
Alyssa Whoa, Kate Hill, Dara Kelly, TSX
Reserve deposit ($500.01) $500
Second Payment Amount: $0
  • As one of the most coveted hiking spots in the world, Grand Canyon is Arizona’s undisputed treasure. This is your chance to hike through a portion of the GC in the company of like-minded women. You’ll be backpacking through the South Rim and the Tonto Trail for four days—the terrain will be challenging, but the dips in the Colorado River, sleeping under the stars, and unbeatable views will be infinitely rewarding!

    Note: Trek dates may be adjusted +/- one day until permits are finalized 4 months in advance of departure date or when Grand Canyon permits are issued.

    • On the evening before your Grand Canyon trek start date, you’ll meet your guide at 6 pm for a one-hour group orientation and pack-check in the main lobby of Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. Those who have requested backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags will receive them on time. You’ll also get to know your team, preview the trail, and talk about safety. If it is expected to be very hot in the Canyon during the first day of your trip, your guides may provide an option to camp near the Rim to ensure an early morning trail start before the sunrise.

      Flagstaff, Arizona.
    • Gather at 5 am in the lobby of Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. Head out to the trail where your hike begins with a steep 3,000-foot (915 m) descent toward the Tonto Platform, an inner plateau within the Canyon roughly about 1,000 ft (305 m) above the Colorado River. This is typically the most difficult day of the trek—you’ll find narrow sections with significant exposure, steep descents over loose rock, and waist-high drops that require scooting or scrambling. Expect 8-10 hours of hiking over the distance of 7-9 miles (11-14.5 km). Keep in mind that water sources are usually unreliable until you reach the camp.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Two hikers in the Grand Canyon.
    • On day two the trail typically undulates until you drop below the Tonto’s ledge, above the gorge floor, and into one of the many side canyons and washes that lead to the Colorado River. A quick descent will bring you to the creek bed floor, which you’ll follow out to the Colorado River and camp.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Backpacking through the Grand Canyon.
    • After a leisurely evening, or morning by the river, retrace your steps and then continue up and onto the Tonto Trail. This day typically offers some of the most impressive views of the Grand Canyon. Simultaneously you’ll see a thousand feet down into the inner gorge, thousands of feet up to the Canyon’s rim and miles across the Canyon divide.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
    • An early start before the sunrise will move you up, and off the Tonto, and then into the multi-layered, multi-colored walls of the Grand Canyon as you climb almost 4,000 ft to exit the trail. After celebrating as a team, return to Flagstaff.
      Meals: Breakfast and lunch

      All-women hiking tour in the Grand Canyon.
    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Grand Canyon, Arizona, please refer to Arizona’s COVID-19 updates and Grand Canyon’s public health updates.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 4 days of hiking through the Grand Canyon
        • Accommodations for 3 nights in camp
        • Roundtrip transportation between Flagstaff and the trailhead
        • Pack-check the night prior to your departure
        • Group camping gear and equipment
        • All meals and snacks while in the backcountry
        • Backpack, tent, sleeping bag & pad (if needed)

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Arizona
        • Meals before and after the tour
        • Accommodation pre- or post-trek
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • The best thing about this all-women hiking trip in the Grand Canyon is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. This tour is welcoming to all skill levels, but keep in mind that you’ll be hiking up to 9 miles (14.5 km) a day while carrying a 30-40 lbs (14-18 kg) daypack. There’s also going to be an elevation change, ranging from about 1,000 to 4,000 ft (305 to 1,210 m), depending on the day.

      If you’re looking for a different itinerary, we recommend checking out our multi-day hiking tours in the Grand Canyon, hiking along the Hermit Trail, or day tours in the GC.

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

        • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30-40L bag)
        • Tent, sleeping bag & pad (will be provided upon request)
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

      Make sure not to bring unnecessary items which will only make your backpacks heavier, as you’ll be carrying your backpacks for 4 days straight.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this all-women tour in the Grand Canyon, the maximum group size is 9 people with 2 professional hiking guides.
        • It takes a minimum of 2 persons for this tour to run.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

      Hiking in the Grand Canyon can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Women younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to Flagstaff, your starting point of the adventure, most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 2 hours away from Flagstaff. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Alternatively, if you’re able to, you can fly into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, just 10 minutes away from the city.

      You’ll meet your guide and your group the night prior to the trek start date at 6 pm in the main lobby of Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. Make sure you make proper arrangements to arrive on time the day prior to your tour start and to book your accommodation.

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