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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!

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
13 days ago

Beautiful way to see the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley. We started around 10 AM when it was still in the low 40s. Easy hike on a cool day, it probably would be considered moderate on a hot summer day as there is no shade at all. We saw very few people along the way.

14 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

hiking
14 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
15 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
15 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.

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.

Great for sunset

Great, short hike with memorable views. The google map directions took us straight to parking lot. No bathroom at parking lot, but there is at the picnic grounds at end of trail. As mentioned, most of the hike is through a beautiful forested area. The path is fairly even and flat. If you have small or rowdy children with you, you may want to skip the end of the hike and just enjoy the view from picnic grounds. The last bit of the trail is a mini version of Angel’s Landing in Zions NP. There aren’t any chains required along the trail and no crowds to compete with for footing, but there were steep drop offs on both sides. With that being said, our 4 kids (12,9,6 &3) though a little nervous, wanted to say they’d done it.

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.

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.

26 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.

Lovely walk through the trees on a well-worn path to stunning views of the canyon. Be sure to follow the app, as the trail isn’t listed on the maps given out at the Grand Canyon lodges. This makes it less crowded and a great find!

Easy trail, almost no one there and absolutely stunning, unobstructed views of the canyon.

Amazing views the entire hike! Lots of work getting back out of the canyon but it was worth it!

walking
1 month ago

Good walking path. Lots of great views. We started at the visitor center and walked to Mohave Point on the red bus route. My Garmin clocked about 6.5 miles. We hopped on the bus there to go back as we were pretty tired and had 1.5 hour drive ahead of us to where we were staying. Easy path. Not difficult. Once you get past the bright angel trailhead, it gets pretty quiet on the trail and you don’t see many people.

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t forget to breathe! ;)

Breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

This is, hands down, one of the most magnificent places to watch sunset ... PERIOD. My friend and I did this short little jaunt over to Shoshone Point on 10/14, and it was truly unforgettable!

First off, make sure you know where the trailhead starts (follow the directions on the All Trails app) because there is no sign indicating the beginning of the trail other than a small parking lot leading to a closed-off road. The “hike” itself is just a short mile walk through the trees to the viewpoint. We saw multiple deer grazing on our walk as well, which just added to the majesty of it all.

Upon arriving at the viewpoint, we shared the sunset with just 6 other people, and it was incredible! It was also incredibly cold, as the wind chill brought the temperature to well below freezing (20 degrees). Despite the chill, we found refuge under a small rock ledge and huddled together for warmth as we watched the afterglow of this truly breathtaking event.

I would absolutely return to this spot for another sunset, or perhaps even a sunrise. As previous reviews mentioned, this may be the best kept secret in the whole Grand Canyon!

My friend and I did this hike on the afternoon of 10/14. It says it takes the average hiker about 4 - 6 hours to complete this out-and-back trek, but we did it in three hours flat.

It was a very nice October day (mid-50s) when we started out, with just a little wind at the top of the trailhead. But the further we got down into the canyon, the more the temperature rose, and by the time we reached the resthouse it was 70 degrees.

It only took us a little over an hour to reach our destination, and we would have liked to continue onward, but we wanted to make sure we made it to Shoshone Point for sunset (highly recommended).

We did see a male Desert Big Horn Sheep right in the middle of the trail, which was really neat, but also somewhat terrifying, as he looked as if he was about to charge us. We moved aside and before we could snag a picture, he disappeared down the mountain.

This was a fairly easy trail with magnificent views of the canyon throughout. The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars is because of all the people on the trail. We must have seen at least 150 people on our trek, which unfortunately takes away from the majesty of the canyon. Still an amazing hike nevertheless!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy paved trail. it can be pretty crowded so I recommend getting there early before all the tour busses arrive. great views of the canyon.

Fantastic trail. There is a restroom at the bottom of trail and water from a spigot. Pick your clothes carefully. You will heat up a lot as you go back up. I hiked October and it was about 50 degrees during the daytime. It warmed up around 11am. I wore underwear, a t-shirt , thermals and thick hiking pants, plus a jacket. It was too much and generally I am cold. I would recommend underwear only, hiking socks, light weight hiking pants, a t-shirt or hiking shirt and a jacket. Take 1 liter of water for each person and that would be enough. My friends said they could be content with shirt and sweatshirt but I liked taking the jacket off as needed and extra warmth early in the morning and going down. We took about 2.5 hours for down and up. Bring a snack if you get hungry on hikes. My data device said I burned 1350 calories. Lots of people crossed the North Rim back to South and it was nice talking to them. The start of this trail is in the Grand Canyon Village very close to the Arizona Room Restaurant. There is parking nearby. On this trail there are no large animals, but we did see a squirrel. For shoes do not recommend boots. I recommend "approach shoes" with a wire band that ties around the ankle. All pros will know what this is but if you don't the last eyelets are connected to a wire inside the heal material. As you tighten down on the last eyelets it will lock the ankle and heal into the shoe and as your going down your foot will be prevented from sliding forwards. The purpose is to prevent your toes from getting injured and keep you seated properly. The soil is mostly firm so medium thickeness tread is enough.

1 month ago

Wonderful, but we did not finish it.

Awesome Trail. Would have loved to hike further if we didn’t have time restraints. Took us about 2.5 hours. The way up was obviously a workout. It was snowing by the time we got back up. Saw a ram and a couple goats. It was also super foggy at the top, like no visibility. We contemplated not doing the hike but we got under the fog so it turned out okay.

Great views the whole way and a lot of wildlife out! Saw a ram and a few tarantulas in Mid October. Walk down was very easy and the hike back up was moderately difficult. There are two main stops for water and plenty of ledges for resting.

late 30s, Fat (280-6ft) out of shape, backpacked and hiked probably 10 years ago..

Easy going down.. Murder coming up. did this OCT 13th 2018. weather was great

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a Sunday and saw maybe 2 other groups on the trail . It’s an incredibly easy hike - the end is sandy but still easy. If you get there before 8am no entrance fee! Amazing views!

Monument Valley is very scenic. Great drive

This hike is a simple walk through the woods but oh my gosh is it amazing when you reach the point! This hike is suitable for pretty much everyone young kids, inexperienced hikers, etc. but oh man, the view at the end.. I’d hike MILES for that. It’s one of the few easy lookout points that don’t have a paved walkway right up to it so you are likely to find yourself with some alone time to take on the views. Sunrise would be incredible from this point. I witnessed a wedding on this point one evening at sunset. It’s just so perfect!

wow. amazing hike. best kept secret.

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