This was a challenging hike, but very worth the effort. The views were amazing. Going down is fairly easy. I have bad knees and can see how some might feel it on the way down. The tough part is on the way up. We made it to Cedar Point - about 1.5 miles down. We paced ourselves on the way back. I took my time while kids and hubby forged ahead.
Suggest lots of water and drinks with electrolytes - frequent stops for hydration. Best tip of all is to go early. Most of the trail was shaded early in am. We got to trailhead around 730 am. Took about 2 hours for the round trip hike. But as we ascended to the top we could see the trail exposed to sun most of the way. Hiking in full sun definitely would have changed our experience.
Following the hike we walked about 2.2 miles along the South Rim trail to the visitors center to catch everything we missed.
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