Last night we went back to the Canteen at Phantom Ranch to play some cards and warm up for a bit before heading back to camp for sleep. I slept pretty well last night given the cold sleeping conditions. This morning everyone seemed ready to get moving and head out of camp. After eating a quick breakfast and packing up camp we hit the trail. We would ascend back to the rim on the Bright Angel Trail instead of retracing our steps on the South Kaibab Trail.
At the start of the hike we headed over to the Silver Bridge to cross over the Colorado River.
Soon we could see the snow that lay waiting for us when we ascended higher.
After following Pipe Creek for a bit the trail meandered over to Garden Creek.