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Grand Canyon: two day hikes?

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Any Grand Canyon hikers over here? Advice needed.

My family and our friends' family are planning a trip to GC on the spring break (end of March). I am thinking of two one-day hikes.

Day 1: Hermit trail from Hermit rest to Dripping Spring or Santa Maria springs. That's 5-7 miles round trip.

Day 2: South Kaibab trail from Yaki Point to Tipoff (4.5 miles - 3400 ft drop - 3 hours), then Tonto trail to Indian Gardens (4 miles flat - 2 hours), then up Bright Angel (4.5 miles - 3700 gain - 5 hrs) back home. That's about 13 miles, which makes it a longish hike from dawn to sunset.

The youngest in our crew is my 8-year old daughter. She ran 5K on the Thanksgiving Day in 32:30 or so, getting placed better than a median female in the race, and made a number of 15-or-so mile bike rides on her terrible BSO (bicycle-shaped object, as bike snobs refer to the stuff that you can buy at Walmart) that weighs probably a quarter of her weight. I am sure that Day 1 won't be a problem for her. I am of course worried about Day 2, although I would expect her to be able to handle it, with some training time. (We have some 100-ft hills in the city where we live, so we can run up and down these for some exercise). My son is on his school's x-country running team, and he swooshed these 5K faster than 23 min; my wife ran a marathon with 750 ft gain in 4 hrs in September; and I did a few one-day 15-20-mile/3000 ft gain hikes in Colorado and Utah in the last five years, so we all should be good. The male half of our friends family has been boy-scouting for the last three years or so, and the female half, gymnastics and running (along with bike trips, too). So we are all in a shape that would probably be considered average by the GC hiking standards.

Specific questions: Do we need crampons for the top of South Kaibab in the end of March? How much water would we need to plan to take? Is the daylight going to be long enough to really make the second trip in one day? Any other special stuff (on top of http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/trip-planner-grca.pdf and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hiking-faq.htm) that we need to be aware of and prepared for?

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