Are any of these hikes starting at the top, going down, and then somehow walking out of the park without having to go back up again? Sounds crazy, but I'm not in hiking uphill shape by any stretch of the imagination. And what kind of shoes to wear for men and women? Thanks!
There's a hike along the rim, but the best view is to go down into the canyon and unfortunately back up. If you start by Sunset Point, the way down is steeper than the way up. I am 46, in mediocre shape and from flat low Louisiana. We trained by walking 2-3 mi per day with an occasional 5mi walk for about 2mo prior. A hiking stick helps and good hiking boots/shoes. Lastly, you need water, 2-3L, many people make the mistake of not enough water.
Apart from "Wall Street" going up then I wouldn't call any of these trails too hard or strenuous, if you go down from the rim and don't want a long hike out to Tropic. In my opinion the hike from Tropic would be harder, longer and still "Uphill" in parts. You'd be better off doing the Rim Trail or going down and taking it easy going up, plenty of water and good walking shoes and remember your at altitude. It's a beautiful experience whether you to just walk the Rim or hike down.
This trail involves going uphill as well, don't think you can avoid the uphill part. As an alternative, you can stay on the rim and walk along the canyon rim. Great views.
The back door entrance to the Canyon is from the Stone Canyon Inn in Tropic. I think with that information you will be able to find the specifics on your own. I'm not sure if it's worth it. We did not drive out to traffic but it will be more than just a few minutes drive if you want to enter the main park entrance from there. I'm not in terribly good shape and while I certainly felt the elevation, I thought the hike up and out was doable if paced well.
Good hiking boots would be far better than sneakers.
Yes! I didn't do it myself, but I can remember seeing a mention of a hotel with a trail that takes you up to Bryce property at canyon floor level. Once there, you could hook up with the Navajo/Queens Garden loop without descending from the rim. I believe I even saw a picture of a small gate or fence to climb over or go through. Try the Bryce Canyon livery bed and breakfast. This exists - sorry I don't have more details.
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