A good friend of mine and I took a week long trip to a number of NPs in the Southwest over the summer. We only spent a short time at each NP (2 days max) and decided to do the most strenuous day hikes we could find. My friend was a 8 months removed from his second reconstructive knee surgery so we wanted to get a gauge of where he is at for future backpacking trips.
On our last day of the trip we started at dawn and took the Bright Angel trail of the Grand Canyon and went all the way to the river's edge, inside the canyon, and back. It was about 14 miles round-trip with 2-3k elevation change. After we finished the hike we packed up and drove 12 hours home. Long day. Here are some shots
The starting point. See the tiny trail out there?
Still heading down...
In the canyon's canyon
The trail out is not so fun
Almost back to the top!