Grandview Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

Distance6.2mi
Elevation Gain3,661ft
Trailhead Elevation7,324ft
Top7,324ft
Elevation Min/Max4896/7324ft
Elevation Start/End7324/7324ft

Grandview Trail

Grandview Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Grand Canyon National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 7,324 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,661 feet. The Grandview Point attraction and the Grand View Point viewpoint are near the trailhead. There are also parkings. The Last Chance Mine (elevation 4,636 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Page Spring. This trail connects with the following: Tonto Trail.

Grandview Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Beautiful, uncrowded forest immediately adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park. Free camping is allowed almost anywhere in the forest except within 1/4 mile of highways and surface water. Also, you can’t camp within 1 mile of Hull Cabin. If dispersed camping is not your thing, try the Ten-X Forest Service Campground 2 miles south of Tusayan on Highway 64.

This is a fee area but it’s a great campground and is seldom crowded. There are many other roads to explore in the area. The forest is teeming with wildlife. I saw an entire herd of elk while on F.S. 303. You are permitted to climb the stairs of the Grandview Tower which has a distant view of the Grand Canyon. I found the side trip to historical Hull Cabin interesting. You might want to stop at the Forest Service Ranger Station just north of Tusayan to find out more about the area. Locals tell me the best time to make this trip is late in the afternoon. That way you can swing through the park on the return trip and catch the sun setting over Grand Canyon National Park. Washboard gravel road except for F.S. 303 which narrows to a single lane. This road has a few ruts and muddy spots that require high clearance and perhaps four-wheel drive when wet."

"A three- to four- day backpack below the South Rim, tracing a segment of the Tonto Trail."

Grandview Trail Reviews

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6/1/2009
Great views - not for the inexperienced hiker. My wife and I are experienced Backpackers. However, we both agreed that we would never do this trail again. Its just too dangerous, The 3 miles down to Horseshoe Mesa are fine. Great views and fairly easy. However, all trails down from Horseshoe Messa are VERY Difficult and exposed. We took the western trail to Cottonwood Creek. The trail became very narrow (1.5 to 2 feet wide) with loose gravel on top, There was a risk of a of a nasty fall (20 - 200 feet) in many places for about 1/2 mile. Then the trail became exceedingly steep and washed out for another 1/2 mile. We found water and a good camp site where the trail crossed cottonwood creek. We then hiked 5 miles east on the Tonto trail. This portion of the trail is desert. Somehow we lost the trail for a while but were able to pick it up after following a wash up hill. We found good camping spots before the trail to miners spring. I hiked another mile from our campsite to find water where the Tonto trail crossed Hance Creek. The cutoff from the Tonto trail to Miners spring, and the top of Horseshoe Messa is not marked. Fortunately, someone had drawn the letters H2O using small stones. Otherwise we would have likely missed the turnoff. The trail to Miners Spring, and the spring itself were memorable. The spring is a cool little cove with water dripping into a collection pool. However, the trail up from the spring to the top of the Messa were the most exposed I've be on in 35 years of Backpacking. If you don't mind exposed trails, the hike to and from Horseshoe Messa is difficult, but worth the effort. However, I do not recommend dropping off the messa. Best of luck... See Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa for photos
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5/4/2008
We arrived at the trailhead at 8:00 am on May 4. The weather was perfect; about 50 degrees with high overhead clouds. The start of the trailhead is very steep with switch backs descending red walls into the canyon. There are some steep drop offs at times and the path can be vary narrow. Our plan was to descend to Horseshoe Mesa campground, circle the mesa, and return to the rim in one day (13.1 miles). The trail was relatively well maintained on the three mile descent from the rim to Horseshoe Mesa with the exception of several rock slides. Descending from the Mesa into Cottonwood Creek was steep with loose gravel at times. The trail around the mesa was relatively flat. We reached this part of the trail just before midday with the temperature(80), skies(bright blue with cotton ball clouds) and flowers were incredible. When we got to the middle of the horseshoe at the wash separating the east and west legs, we decided to cut our hike short and ascend directly up the center of the shoe. (This is a trail albeit, not well traveled or maintained.) This part of our hike was extremely steep and difficult, rising approximately 1000 ft in a short 3/4 mile. At the top of the mesa we had lunch and enjoyed the amazing views. We have hiked in the canyon before, but it was exceptionally beautiful this day. The wildflowers around Cottonwood Creek and the Mesa were in full bloom. Higher in the Canyon, the foliage was as green as we have ever seen it. This ten mile hike was a certainly a full day hike with its 4000 ft decent and subsequent ascent. The climb out from Horseshoe Mesa at the end of the day was really tough. Some of the switch backs seemed to go on forever. After a full day of hiking and exploring with very little down time we arrived back at the rim around 4:30. My recommendation would be not to take anyone on this trail that is not in really good shape and able to handle very steep ascents for an extended period of time.
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USGS quads: Grandview Point and Cape Royal; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park
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