Phantom Ranch 1 or 2 nights

Jan 16th, 2009, 07:31 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Phantom Ranch 1 or 2 nights

We are planning on taking the mule trip into the canyon with 14 and 11 year olds end of June 2010. Need to know if there is enough to keep the kids entertained to stay 2 nights. I realize it will be hot and not sure what kind of hikes there are at the bottom. We have traveled to South Dakota, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons on previous trips and like to be away from the crowds seeing things most travelers don't see.
kyfamilytravels is offline  
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:14 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 3,671
I can't speak from personal experience, never having been down to the bottom where Phantom Ranch is, but this website might be helpful: http://www.hitthetrail.com/phantom.php
sludick is offline  
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:16 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,881
I would definitely do two nights if possible. There are several nice hikes from out of Phantom, especially since you rode a mule down and didn't cramp your legs like most hikers.

If it's not TOO hot you could day hike up to Ribbon Falls, which is about 6-7 level miles up North Kaibab. One of the most beautiful places in this corridor and lightly visited.

If it's really hot you could hike a mile or so up NK to Phantom Creek and then scramble up this narrow gorge. Don't do this if there is a chance of rain (unlikely in June). There is shade all the way and you are in and out of the water so a nice hike under the right conditions. In early June it may be too high because of the run-off from melting snow but if you can get it it's great.

You could also hike up NK to the turn-off to the trail to Clear Creek and maybe go to the top of the Tapeats for great views. This will involve some 'up' hiking but the views are worth it.

In June you should start out very early because of the heat and plan on being back at the Ranch not long after noon. You can swim in the creek or dip in the river, the water is probably in the 50's and 60's F in both so you will cool off quickly.
Bill_H is offline  
Jan 16th, 2009, 10:05 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6,509
It is such a remote and special place---well worth two nights.

Bill_H has given you good hike suggestions. You'll also want to spend some time cooling off in Bright Angel creek. The Colorado R. is too swift and strong for swimming, but you can sit in the very-cold water near shore at Boat Beach. Make sure you supervise the kids on this---the river is dangerous.

Another think you could do is challenge the kids to a Phantom Ranch treasure hunt:

http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Canyon/5718/hunt.html

In 3 visits, we have found most things on the list, but never the "no poodles" sign.

Be sure and attend the evening scorpion hunt if the rangers offer it. The kids will love that too.
enzian is offline  
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:40 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,245
I would absolutely do 2 nights.

We did the mule tour and you arrive at PR mid-afternoon - 2:30/3 ish. We all put on shorts and sat by the riverbank and hung out. The sun sets earlier down there because you are in the middle of a big canyon (obviously).

The next day we were jealous of those not departing - we had to get up and get on the mules. We wished we could have stayed longer. I remember someone talking about a hike that went to a swimming hole ? (I've clearly lost a few brain cells since then).

The next morning coming out of the canyon you will go via a different trail - shorter. I think the first day down is Bright Angel and the way up is Kaibob ?

One thing for definite:
repeat after me:

DO NOT DO THE ONE DAY MULE TOUR.

After we stopped for lunch, the 1 day people turned around and headed up and were on the mules for another 3 or so hours. We were most of the way down and had a shorter trip down. They were very sore (we saw a few the next day).

Are you aware of the packing requirements ? The weight requirement ?

have a great time. I can't wait until our kids are old enough to go.
surfmom is offline  
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:49 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,304
Definitely 2 nights. You leave shortly after breakfast to head back up, so one night gives you very little time to explore down there.

Attend the ranger programs and do at least one hike (the one's already suggested are good). Just get up early, especially for the Ribbon Falls hike as you'll pass through the Box on the trail and it is a beast in summer. If anyone gets too hot just sit in the creek for a bit.
WhereAreWe is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
jjaffke
United States
10
Feb 9th, 2016 04:33 PM
mcjones
United States
13
Apr 19th, 2012 11:46 AM
lhgreenacres
United States
18
Jan 17th, 2011 06:36 AM
smom
United States
20
Feb 19th, 2007 07:03 PM
Marylentz
Mexico & Central America
4
Jun 11th, 2003 07:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:30 PM.