BEST FOR: Anybody who is looking to do the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike.
PREREQS: A regular exercise routine: you workout at least 4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.
NUMBER OF WEEKS: 20
If standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon is breath-taking, hiking down, through, and up the Canyon is absolutely magnificent—and way less crowded.
This 20-week program is built to get you away from the crowds and down into the Canyon and back up again, feeling strong and capable. The program’s focus is not on speed, but rather on the endurance and strength necessary for a successful hike. Depending on your direction and route, you’ll cover 20+ miles and climb and descend between 4,000-6000 feet of elevation, do you need to be physically and mentally ready for a long day as you go down, down, down before climbing up, up, up.
Want more specifics? Check out Grand Canyon: Training + Logistics from Dimity, who hiked rim to rim in 2018.