Indian Garden to the Bright Angel Trailhead.
This is the part of the hike that intimidates a lot of people, but it really isn't bad at all. The keys to an enjoyable climb out are first, hit the trail early. As you probably guessed, we usually get going about 5:00 AM. And as you hike out, don't push it unless you really want to. Our motto is "hike a little, rest a little." We generally hike out in about six hours. There are rest houses, with toilets and tap water, as mile-and-a-half intervals, and these are good places to drop your pack, stretch your legs, and relax. We spend about a half hour at each one. In 2009, I spotted the longhorn sheep on the left just below the mile-and-a-half resthouse, mugging for hikers. You could see him from the rest house, and he hung out there even longer than we did. We generally top out about 11:00 AM, feeling pretty good. Stop in the gift shop at Bright Angel Lodge and buy yourself a rim-to-rim t-shirt. You've earned it!