You can pack extremely light to backpack in the Grand Canyon, but if you go during winter you have to be prepared for all sorts of weather. I knew that it would be raining a bit during my trip this December, and that there was a slight chance for snow. The south rim has an elevation of approximately seven-thousand feet so it can get really cold! But as you hike down the canyon the temperature rises. I knew the bottom of the canyon might warm up to 70 degrees while I was there. The picture above is a general assortment of what I brought on the trip, including clothes for before and after backpacking. Shown below are the accessories and extra gear I brought with me. Here is a list of everything I packed!
For before & after backpacking (kept in a duffle in the car):
- Down jacket
- Comfy sweatpants
- Shorts in case it warmed up on the trip. (it didn’t so I left them in the car).
- Comfy shoes
- Extra shirt
- A large day pack (We stayed at a hike-in lodge, so we did not need to pack tents/sleeping bags)
- Hiking Shoes (I wore my Vasque Grand Traverse shoes since I had a light pack).
- Thick, tall hiking socks
- An extra pair of socks for evening/next day.
- Lightweight rain jacket
- Rain shell pants
- 2 Sports bras
- One lightweight, breathable tee shirt
- Long-sleeve quick-dry shirt
- 1 pair tights for hiking
- 1 pair tights for evening
- A fleece (I wore a fleece & rain jacket for half the hike down the canyon. December mornings are cold!)
Accessories & Gear:
- Snapback hat (I left this in the car.)
- Water bladder
- Light gloves
- Sunglasses (Oakley Women Drop-in)
- Snacks & Energy Supplements
- Deck of Cards
- GoPro & Waterproof case
- Trash bag to wrap over pack in the rain
Check out some of the gear featured in this post!