Indian Staircase is a more difficult day hike of approximately 3.5 miles filled with very spectacular views. It can easily be split into 2 days allowing you more time to explore the area. The 200 ft short ascent up the Indian Staircase is advanced, and not for everyone. This hike utilizes unmarked trails and some people have difficulty navigating. Not to fear, our guides here at Hiking RRG can navigate this trail in the dark, on a rainy night, whilst cradling Chuck Norris in our arms. Once at the top of Indian Staircase most hikers enjoy taking a break and having a snack in the company of the “Frog’s Head”. Aside from “Frog’s Head” you’ll have the opportunity to see Indian Arch and visit the largest rock shelter in the Red River Gorge. Larger than a football field, that's pretty big... but not bigger than our founders ego.
For all of our overnight adventures we will provide a campfire meal along with snacks both days. Your guide will build a fire for everyone to gather around and assist setting up camp. We encourage everyone to be familiar with their equipment and how to use it. We offer limited gear rental if you don't want to pack around that 100 pound 16 man tent with front porch.
This overnight trip is open year round. The only time we don't like to offer this hiking adventure is during heavy rain. You have to scramble up the Indian Staircase and it is VERY dangerous especially in inclement weather.
Hike down the spectacular South Kaibab Trail
Camp near Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River
Traverse 1.5 miles of the Colorado River
Camp at the desert oasis of Indian Garden
Enjoy a sunset dinner at Plateau Point
Finish on the famous Bright Angel Trail
Duration: 2 Days
Distance: 3.5 miles
Price: First Person $110
Each Additional Person $35
The first day we will meet at a predetermined location that we will discuss with you as we customize your trip. We will take it easy the first day and arrive at camp on top of the Indian Staircase with plenty of time to explore the area. While setting up camp your guides will begin gathering firewood and starting to cook a campfire meal for you. After eating we will sit around the campfire to chit chat prior to turning in for the night.
Day 2 will start fairly early depending on the adventure you choose. No breakfast will be served but we will provide snacks to get us going. We will be hiking back out this day and will see Indian Arch. The hike back out is easy and relatively short but does follow unmarked trails along ridgelines.
You'll get not just one but two trail guides that will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. Also included in this overnight hike you will get a FREE HikingRRG 32oz water bottle along with trail snacks and a campfire meal. Our snacks usually consist of your basic hiking grub.
What's Not Included
To make this simple... anything not listed as included. Capisce? While we do offer trail snacks you may want to bring along some of your own if you would rather have powdered donuts and mountain dew. We won't look down on you as long as you share with the trail guides.
For our overnight adventures we will provide a Mountain House meal or something similar. Depending on the hike and what your group prefers we can offer additional dinner options including hot dogs, noodles, vegan options... etc. When booking your trip feel free to speak to Sarah about any preferences you may have. While we want to give you the biggest bang for your buck keep in mind this is a backpacking trip and not Texas Roadhouse.
Gear We Provide
For overnight trips we can provide limited gear rental if you don't want to bring that 80 pound tent or if you want to try out a hammock instead.
What Gear To bring
Before we go into a huge list keep this in mind... What you bring is what you carry! It's easy to become overloaded and turn a good trip into a miserable one. At a minimum you'll need a comfortable pack, a tent/hammock, sleeping bag and any prescription medicine you might take. You could also bring bug spray, sunscreen, lip balm, hat or sunglasses. Feel free to take a look at our complete backpacking gear list.
What Clothes To Bring
As with any trip this mainly depends on the weather. During the summer it would be ok to wear shorts but keep in mind we will have to scramble up Indian Staircase. Some people prefer hiking pants.