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Fun Snowshoe! A bit of a grind / slog uphill, but well worth it!

I want to come back and see if anyone else has helped back down the trail in the upper canyon.

:-)

I gave this four stars because I am sure this is a remarkable trail… but my personal experience, it should’ve been a zero. But it’s not a trail fault, I picked the worst day to do this trail. When I got to the peak, there was zero visibility to the city below. Also, there was a lot of ice on the ground and it was very difficult to walk up. I knew I should’ve waited for a clear day, but I only had a couple of hours free in order to make this hike happen at all. I will see if I can get time to do this trail one more time, but I doubt it. Anyway, I’m sure this trail is beautiful in the summertime.

My third time going. It was muddy and icy, but overall very nice.

Best view of SLC I’ve seen.

Be sure to have proper gear if going when the trail is icy!

Great for dogs, great for views.

Gorgeous views. Loose gravel near the trailhead, two areas where the path (briefly and slightly) narrows closer to the top. We were happy to have Yaktrax and trekking poles.

It speaks highly of a trail if it can be even more spectacular in the snow and winter as it is in the other months.  This is that trail and more.  As I was walking, I was shocked at the Grandness of this hike.  I wondered, how do you ever describe this?  The river is so beautiful that you get to walk along and cross over multiple times.  The cliffs are just huge and GRAND in their size and they are in front of you, and on both sides of you.   Even though it is hard to come up with words, I will say I I thought the Grandness paralleled the Grandness of God.  I will warn that you really need spikes on this trail. I hike a lot and am pretty careful, but right at the beginning of the trail there was a piece of ice, (I hadn't got started long enough for me to even think I should get my spikes on), and Bam I was on my bum. Broke my tailbone. Definitely got my spikes on fast after that. There are spots to take you up higher and Dodge some of the scary ice, so watch for those side trails. also make sure your wearing a waterproof shoe/boot, or sock. You cross the river lots of times, and you will be super lucky if you don't get your foot in the water, so just make sure you have waterproof gear to keep dry. I did a 360 degree street view trail here. You can check it out on Google Earth, or on my blog.

https://www.shaunasadventures.com/2019/01/360-adventure-grandstaff-canyon-trail.html?m=1

13 days ago

We hiked this on a very cold (15-23 degrees) day in January. It’s an interesting trail that meanders around and across a stream (multiple times) at the bottom of the canyon. While some others made it without micro spikes, we were very glad to have them, especially in the first quarter mile where there were some sheets of solid ice across the trail.

Just before you get to the arch, there is a very cold shaded spot. We did not get to the arch early enough for the sun; it was already behind the canyon wall, but we still thought it was worth seeing.

There were parents with young children who made it (slowly, they said) without micro spikes, but ours made us feel very confident.

We really enjoyed the hike and think you should go!

Great hike, breathtaking views

Fun hike and easy multiple water crossings. The bridge at end is a must see.

You need micro spikes as the trail was completely snow covered. I don’t think the view is as good, as the hike up the pipeline trail to the salt lake over look, but it’s still pretty

Microspikes are your friend for this trail.

Beautiful hike in the snow at night with headlamps. Only needed microspikes as the snow was packed down on the trail, despite deep snow on the sides of the trail.

very fun short hiking! the top part is really really muddy, but super fun too!

easily accessible trailhead.the trails are marked and well maintained there was mud and a trace of snow towards the top.

Completely covered in snow and ice-definitely need spikes right now. Took me twice as long to go a mile than usual, and as I was losing daylight I had to abort the mission. I'll definitely be returning to finish. Completely gorgeous Winter Wonderland right now.

Nice and easy hike with some loose gravel on the way up, the view at the end is pretty awesome if it’s not too crowded.

Fun little trail with impressive views of the valley.

Great historic hike as well ...

Lots of mud this time of year ...

There is a boot scraper, but bring plastic bags ...

:-)

Great trail. First time doing this one and the view from the top is gorgeous. No need for snowshoes or spikes on this day. Trails are a little narrow with some steep drop offs on some parts. Views on the trail are gorgeous too.

Went on 08Dec18. A couple of areas where spikes are useful, not bad at all for this time of year.

Great trail. It's well-worn in the snow and you should only need microspikes unless you're going up right after a storm. Wonderful views of the canyon and valley all in one hike.

Couldn't figure out where this looped around and seemed to share a trail with the full pipeline trail? Liked the area but wasn't sure if I was in the right spot. People were friendly and happy to great my dog with pets. Just be wary if you truely need a begginner level trail, the one I took goes up and doesn't level off.

Nice trail. FOUND SOME KEYS WITH ORANGE CARABINER; TOYOTA KEY PLUS OTHER KEYS...will turn them into police.

Nice short hike, a bit washed out with some loose rock areas. Views are well worth it!

Great hike for all experience levels. When I went, there were plenty of families with kids, trail runners, and pups on the trail. There was no snow or frost when I went.

Difficult on the way down due to slippery gravel. Great view at top! Good hike with 2 eleven year olds.

love this hike.
take water with you.
be ready to carry small children .yes seriusly dont get fooled by some other reviews ... :-) under age 5 is a hard and long hike for litle ones.
keep eye on children some pople thinks they dog dont need a leash and dogs run front off them by a half a miles

On a clear day, it is a STUNNING view. Even on a smoky day, it’s still beautiful. It’s a steep hike up and not marked. However, it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s well-traversed enough. You get to this first lookout area that’s flat, which means you’re almost there!

It’s a relatively easy hike and very well-marked. It’s a beautiful view of the valley if the sky is clear. If it’s hazy or smoky, you can’t see much!

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