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Don’t hike the Grand Canyon without this.

Grand Canyon Hike Water

Stay hydrated!  It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing or 120 degrees(f) at the Grand Canyon, you have to remember to stay hydrated when you go on your hike.  Even the fittest athletes overestimate their own capabilities and underestimate the Grand Canyon.  (Read about the tragic story of marathon runner, Margaret Bradley.)  According to the NPS, during the summer Rangers respond to heat exhausted hikers everydayDon’t trust that there will be water along the trail.

So how much water should you bring on your  hike? The rule of thumb is to drink at least 1/2 to 1 liter of water or sport drink for every hour you’re going to be hiking in the the canyon.  Remember to drink water before you start getting thirsty.Once you start getting thirsty, you’re already in danger of becoming dehydrated.

On my hike I carried 7 1/2 liters (two gallons) of water and about 3 liters of Gatorade. Plus I had 1 liter in my Camelbak. That’s roughly 11 1/2 liters or 3 gallons of liquid. This was in August where temperatures reached well over 100 degrees(f) so I wanted to make sure I had more than enough to stay hydrated. Even though I was drinking every chance I had and used a spray bottle to wet down my head and hat, I still had a few bottles left when we finally reached the bottom. However, we lucked out because there was a lot of cloud cover so the temperatures weren’t as hot as we expected. That made a huge difference.

In addition to water, its recommended that you carry salty snacks to help retain the water you’ll be losing.

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What was really useful was the hydration feature of my Backpack. It’s similar to a Camelbak and I highly recommend that your hiking backpack has this feature. No fumbling for water bottles or having to remove your backpack to search for your bottles. Plus, it keeps your water a few degrees cooler which makes a big difference. The one I had only held about one liter. The largest one I’ve seen carries about 2 liters. One disadvantage was that once it was empty it was a bit of a pain to refill since you had to take some stuff out of your pack to make room. But, you don’t have to do that very often and I’d rather go through that than hand carry a water bottle.


Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker