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Too many tourist.

I’ve seen nothing else like the Grand Canyon. There was no ‘bad views’ on this trail. The first 1.5 miles down you’re sifting through foot traffic. Going Thanksgiving weekend there were some ice patches. The decent down was almost too easy. Getting back up you definitely feel the altitude. The traffic lessens the further you go and the rest areas had bathrooms if you needed to make a pit stop. Overall, I would recommend! If the right season, I’d go again with a permit to backpack down towards the river. Next time!

walking
8 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Very short walk small hill at the beginning. Took less than an hour to walk there take pictures and walk back.

on Horseshoe Bend Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Very short hike in. Visited in the off season, and went for the sunset. It was still very busy, so get there well in advance. Take a blanket so you can sit along the edge and hang out.

Once again a great hike with absolutely beautiful destinations! Sadly there seem to be more people not taking their trash and other items out with them. Some people left behind an air mattress, shoes, dirty clothes, bottles, cans and other trash. if you hike it in, hike it out or don’t bother going. It is a disgrace that some humans ruin things for others. I would agree that if you were going to have your belongings packed into the canyon for you that you should use the helicopter. There are still several horses and mules along the route that had bleeding saddle sores and other injuries. That stuff aside, it’s a place worth checking out if you are lucky enough to get a permit.

This was the most fun I have ever had. climbing down a cave then realizing I have to climb down using chains and then there's a huge ladder thats wet from the mist of the most beautiful waterfall. I faced my fear of heights. then we take the trail and get to take off our shoes and socks and make our way across the water not once but 3 times on this hike (and 3 times on the way back) when it seemed to never end we got to those final ladders to get up top above Beaver Falls and that feeling you get is just so worth the hike. Amazing view. Amazing feels.
Not ok for kids, adults only

We enjoyed this hike to 3 mile and it was a good workout for our fitness level. We are both 63 and workout regularly,... several younger hikers told us we did well, very pleased we chose this trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Oct 6 2018- we started at about 650 am. Parking was fine. It was a short easy hike with lots of other people. Beautiful scenery and views of horseshoe bend. We were done in a little under an hour, with time for lots of pictures.

17 days ago

Not exactly a hike but and can be very crowded, but excellent views from all different angles of the canyon and some opportunities to climb out onto some rock formations and look down! Very easy trail, and rewarding

Great short hike into the canyon. Took me 3 hours round trip to Skeleton Point and back, with a couple short snack breaks. All down until you turn around and come back up. Lots of people, bathrooms at the midway point, and beautiful views.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this over Thanksgiving weekend, so you can imagine the amount of foot traffic there was. Regardless, incredible hike. Made it down to the rest house and it took about an hour to get back up from there. It’ll make you break a sweat, but nothing that’ll cause any crazy huffing and puffing. A couple of short breaks should be enough to get you through it. Lots of families with kids on the trail.

walking
19 days ago

Walked about 2 miles out and back for unbelievable sunset views at Powell Point look out. It was less crowded than Hopi appeared and just as wonderful views.

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked in August 2017 in about 3 hours. It took one hour to hike down to the 3-mile rest house, 30 minutes to eat lunch, and 1.5 hours hike up. Highly congested at midday. With more time, we would have loved to hike to the river. Bring lots of water and dress appropriately.

on Cathedral Wash Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing walk through the canyon and really different to other canyons in the area. Also the end of the wash comes out to the Colorado river and there is rapids there. Easy route to follow (there are groups of black rocks together to help find your way along the way). There is a fair amount of scrambling and climbing but nothing too different. Was mid-November when we went so managed to park at trailhead but there is only parking for 5/6 cars, so maybe tougher to park at trailhead at busier times. There are no toilets at trailhead.

on Hanging Garden Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Nice short walk. The garden is pretty but we also walked up the viewpoint along this trail which gave really nice views of the lake. No toliets at trail head. Was less than 10 people doing walk but was mid-November

on Horseshoe Bend Trail

21 days ago

Short sandy walk over to horseshoe bend. Was very busy but a beautiful thing to see. Walk over from car park is about 10 minutes. Lots of parking and toilets at the trailhead. If you want to miss the crowds definitely head-over at sunrise/early morning. Also beware rumour is they are going to start charging $25 per person to go see horeshoe bend so get there fast before that happens

hiking
21 days ago

This is a great adventurous beautiful walk with multiple river crossings along the way, with the water coming to about your knees so dress/pack appropriately for this. The most challenging back of the walk is climbing down the cliff face to Mooney falls. There are craved out foot holes and chains to help you down but definitely not for those scared of heights. Apart from that it is a pretty easy walk and a lovely oasis. Took us about 5 hours from the lodge and back. There are no toilets after the campground though.

It was a pleasant hike. Parking is limited but easy to spot the entrance right off of the road. The hanging gardens aren't worth a detour.

Beautiful and easy hike. Definitely wear closed toe shoes as there are a lot of rocks on the trail. If possible, try to do the hike on a weekday. The parking is very limited. I hiked this trail on a Wednesday in September. Tons of hikers even though it was a week day. I tried again on Thanksgiving and got stuck in traffic trying to get to the parking lot. I could see a nearly continous line of hikers from 0.25 miles away from the entrance.

Amazingly beautiful! Life changing experience!
Too dangerous for kids!

Life changing experience!

Great views, but get on the trail early if you want to avoid the hordes of tourists when you hike back at the top. We took about two hours going down stopping for photos along the way and about one hour forty minutes going back up with short breaks (2 women, 40s, in reasonably good shape). Don’t underestimate the climb back up — you will be sweating. Hiked nov 2018, 40-50 degrees, partly cloudy.

scenic driving
26 days ago

Short hike to amazing views, we spent a couple hours here enjoying the scenery. Horseshoe Bend is a must see, but pretty busy spot.

The trail is actually 6 miles, 3 miles down to the 3 mile rest house and back up. The trail was a nice mix of easy areas to moderate areas. The hike was great with awesome views. Lots of people even in mid November.

hiking
26 days ago

Exciting hike that’s not too long and offers some great scrambles and climbing opportunities. The view of the river is nice too. There are a few tricky spots and it gets muddy at times, so not for everyone, but a lot of fun if you’re up for it.

This map shows all the wait from the trailhead to Beaver Falls! Beautiful hike if you are lucky to get permits!!!

This was a lovely hike down and back. Hiking in November is the best for this trail, as we never became uncomfortably warm. We are older than most reviewers, and in reasonable shape , took 3.5 hours in total.

Going down was much easier than climbing up but what the heck? Awesome views

30 days ago

An easy walk with stunning views the whole way! We walked from the visitors center to Canyon Village, then also walked another mile or so between two of the lookout points on the Red Line, which was much quieter and had even better views. This is a great trail with lots of interesting geology and history along the way.

Really neat trail. The first half is very easy, but the last half to the river gets tough. The trail is not that bad if you can find the best rout, but that is not easy. On our way to the river, we ended up on the wrong side at one point and my brother performed “a committed fail” into the water 8’ below the wall we were on. I managed to get across by climbing the rock higher to get a foot hold. Be sure to wear good shoes and really look for the best routs; most of the time you are not in the bottom of the wash, but on the ledges.

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