Explore the most popular Beach trails in Grand Canyon National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful scenery, didn’t see a single other person the entire day Route finding is essential as the trail is not very well marked and you can get cliffed out easily. Tons of loose rock the entire trail. It was July 16th,2019 it was 113 degrees at the bottom of the canyon, very little shade at parts and I alone drank over 2 gallons of water and still ran out, be prepared out there Wouldn’t recommend trying to go rim to river to rim all in one day unless you’re in extremely good shape and prepared

BEAUTIFUL! Much less touristy and crowded than the south rim trails. The views from the top are also nothing like south rim, you can barely see the canyon, it’s like you’re just hiking in the woods when you first start. The first half of the trail is hardly covering any ground, you’re just going down, down, down. The last half of the trail is pretty flat and the canyon gets narrow and windy (my favorite part). Be sure to check out ribbon falls on the way down! Definitely worth the little detour. And train train train for this trail!! It is ROUGH! But of course, AMAZING!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I have a Garmin Fenix 5s Plus (very accurate GPS and altimeter) and clocked this trail at 7.8 miles from trailhead to beach. It is VERY difficult in the first 1-2 miles and I fell 3 times in the first hour of hiking. You can see how long it took relative to the rest of the Escalante Route if you check my recording there. It is stunning and worth the difficulty. Extremely well marked and easy to follow, with beautiful views throughout. It is, however, the most dangerous trail I’ve been on. The loose rock and scree presents a constant challenge during the steepest part of the descent. I found the New Hance Trail almost as difficult, but harder to follow with less rewarding views.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

In my opinion, this trail is a means to an end. If you need it to get to or from the river, go for it. Otherwise, it is very challenging without the payoff of similar challenging trails very nearby. If you want tto hike down to the river and back, I’d go for the Tanner Trail instead. It’s much more beautiful. Main complaints- lots of vegetation over the trail, lots of off trail route finding, views that don’t compare to similar trails Completed on May 7th in 5h 12m Also, this trail is about 9 miles one way.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

backpacking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

My girlfriend and I hiked from lipan point to grand view in 4 days (late April 2019) which covered the Escalante Route. Our group began with 4 and on day two our friends went back out the way we came in but my partner and I ventured on. On day 1 we started at Lipan point and took the tanner trail down to tanner beach which we clocked in at just under 8 miles from trail head to our campsite. Absolutely beautiful day but with minimal cloud coverage you are very exposed to the sun and you feel like an ant under a microscope. We got a later start than we wanted and descended at 10:30am and got in at 7pm due to a lot of breaks out of the sun. This day could’ve went a lot faster but we were just enjoying our time and trying to go at a slower pace for some members in our party. The beach at tanner was a site for sore eyes and the water was not silty and the sand was soft so we all enjoyed an easy filtering process and cooling our feet off to end the day. Day 2 we said goodbye to our friends and began our journey on the Escalante at about 6:40am. The stretch to Cardenas was nice and easy and we took our first break at the beach and filled up our water for the day (~4-5 liters per person) and wet our shirts and hats in the cool water before getting back on the trail. This day was tough because of the sun and high heat (clocked 98-99 degrees) and we went west on a ridge for what felt like a lifetime but everyone corner we turned we were awarded with a beautiful view. I wouldn’t suggest this trail for people afraid of heights but honestly when you hit the last big stretch going west it’s very easy terrain just make sure not to trip up. We descended fairly quickly down into Escalante creek and set up camp at the beach which was easily our favorite site of the trip. We didn’t see a soul during the day but were joined by a solo hiker that night and it was nice to have some company. Day 3 we woke up feeling refreshed and excited for the day ahead of us. We hit the trail at 6:30 and after a quick climb we reached the little scramble down into 75 mile canyon which was beautiful and hands down one of our favorite moments of the hike. A quick walk and fairly easy stretch got us to Papagos creek where after assessing the wall for a quick minute we just went for it and found it easy to climb with our packs on. Another short climb gets you to the top of the slide which was difficult and at the start set me up for some slides so it added a layer of stress but the second half which we mostly saw in photos during our planning was a lot easier. All in all we descended taking our time (about a half hour) and stopped at Hance Rapids for a nice break and refilled our water. From here we connected to the tonto and began our start to Hance Creek. We started seeing day hikers coming into Hance Rapids which gave us both extra energy that helped push us through yet another hot day to our campsite at Hance Creek which we were lucky to be able to set up right next to the creek to enjoy some water so close to camp again. Day 4 we hit the trail shortly before 6am and climbed up the Mesa passing page spring and taking breaks to take in the morning sun on some of the canyon walls and to look at the mining work. We peaked out to the Mesa and hopped on the grand view which was not a difficult hike at all and we were fortunate to be covered most of the morning from the sun and even caught some cool breezes. We were a little gassed from our previous days but the trail was well maintained compared to other stretches and after turn after turn we finally topped out shortly after 11:30 and took in our final views of the canyon. This was actually only my second big backpacking trip and although I’ve always enjoyed camping and taking longer day hikes whenever I can I would recommend you do your research before committing to the whole trip as the hiking was just different than what I’ve been on before. Things could have been more comfortable if we added an extra day but I wouldn’t have changed a thing and could totally see myself coming back again (maybe to do it in the opposite direction) 5/5 stars. Absolutely beautiful and felt very lucky to be able to do it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Amazing trail. I would rate it as difficult. As of 03/28/19 the access rd to the trail head is only accessible with 4x4. High clearance all wheel drive is a gamble. There was no mud but the ruts in the road were very deep and washed out. There was also one and a half gallons of water stored on the first Mesa (1.5 miles from the top). Also you may have to pay an additional $25 fee to enter the reservation, which is non optional to get to the trail head.

hiking
7 months ago

is this 13.3 miles to river or total? I want to do this hike for my birthday Tuesday.

Amazing. This trail is not for beginners. One of the hardest trails I’ve done, but the views are unreal. Water sources are limited.

We hiked rim-river-rim in one day! It was epic, but definitely wouldn’t recommend it for the casual hiker. We arrived to the North Kaibab trailhead about 11:30p, threw out a couple cots in the 27 degree parking lot, and got a few hours sleep. The star gazing was phenomenal, like there were just streams of stars above you! 4am we were up and readied ourselves for the trek. After 20 min warming ourselves in the car, we set out on the trail at about 5am. Made our way to all the awesome checkpoints of the beautiful roaring springs, manzanita ranger station, cottonwood campground, ribbon falls, etc. Made it down to Phantom Ranch at 12p and enjoyed our sled prepared lunch at a picnic table. Everyone along the trail was delightful. Enjoyed a couple hours exploring phantom ranch and the edges of the Colorado, before headed back. Started about 2:30p. Didn’t seem like anyone else was headed our direction, for good reason, long way out and up! Stopped in cottonwood for our again self prepared dinner, chatted with some other experienced folks. Seems like once you camp in the Grand Canyon you can’t help but come back. Saw about a dozen people headed down from the north after sunset. We trudged along the path and climbed out, arriving back to trailhead at 1am. It was epic, sights unreal, and unlike any “quick” hike we’d ever done. Definitely wish we could have spent more time!

backpacking
8 months ago

This was an amazing trip! One day down, two days at Tanner Campground and a day back out. The trail is clear the whole way although a few rock slides near the beginning had us scrambling for several yards. The length from parking lot to river is about 9.6 miles. I see a lot of varying lengths quoted but that was the figure two of us got from very accurate GPS trackers on us. If you plan ahead and avoid the truly hot months, you'll do fine.

We hiked the North Kaibab trail just last week and spent 5 nights in the canyon. I've detailed my entire hike on my blog here! https://muskytrails.com/trail-logs/north-kaibab-trail-log-grand-canyon-national-park/ Discussing canyon ecology, trout fishing in bright angel creek, and timing hiking between landmarks and campsites in the canyon. A great read if you are preparing for a backcountry hike of the North Kaibab trail yourself. See you on the trails! Musky Trails

Doable in a single day - it's practical to go back because of transport. I did it in 10.5 hours. It's smart to leave before sunrise. Think about bringing water, not every water source was open when I went. Anyway, it's a great hike. Going down the canyon is THE thing to do over there. Hiking on the rim isn't the same - you'll get the full experience of the size of the canyon! Also, if you have to choose south rim vs north rim...I'd vote for south rim because it's closer to the colorado river. You also have more decent choices (hermit, britgth angel, tanner)

backpacking
9 months ago

This was our 3rd day on our backpacking trip and assent. We started just above Papago Falls because we lost daylight and didn’t make it to Hance Rapids. It started raining just as we were packing up the tent and continued all day. I would have rated this a nicer hiker if it wasn’t for the weather. The trail was nice and gradual up the creek bed and then an uphill battle. I never felt any of the sections of the trail were dangerous even tho they looked it, it was pretty well marked with cairns. It started snowing heavily as we approached the rim which after being soaked from rain the snow killed our moral and made it difficult and dangerous to see the trail. It seemed like we would never make it to the top and were so happy to see the Trail marker. We parked on the side of the road near the trail head so it wasn’t a far walk out. This is a very difficult uphill do not underestimate the climb or the weather.

backpacking
9 months ago

My wife an I arrived at the the Desert View entrance to the Grand Canyon on September 16 at 7 am. I immediately called the Grand Canyon taxi service, and was promptly met at the Grandview trailhead 30 minutes later. He shuttled us to the Tanner trailhead where we began our journey. The temperature at the rim was in the low 60's, but with each step deeper into the canyon, the heat became more noticeable. The first five miles were fun, but below the Redwall and 100° heat we entered a virtual frying pan. Only by digging very, very deep into our energy reserves did we reach the river. We camped right next to the river at Tanner Beach so we occasionally caught a cool breeze. We started each day's hike by 5:30 am, using headlamps for a bit before the dawn light showed us the path. We finished each day around 1 pm. While hiking we never passed up a chance to rest in the shade. We carried a topographical map and Delorme GPS - both of which proved valuable as route finding is not to be treated lightly. Cairns are frequently spotted but in the some places the trail is lost in rocks and scree. Day 2 was a hot, brutal, beautiful trudge, and for some reason Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad" became my trekking song. We passed Cardenas Beach and doused our shirts with cold river water and refilled our water bags and bottles. We eventually reached the Escalante Creek beach at the Colorado River, where we enjoyed the most beautiful campsite on this trek. Day 3 was a blast, as we navigated our way through the labyrinth of 75 mile canyon, then over the 30' high Papago wall, a class 3 scramble. Make sure that you don't go too far up the pitch here as we did! We missed the cairns and struggled to find the trail until we backtracked a bit. Fortunately, we prevailed and eventually found the Papago Slide, which was tricky but fun. 30 minutes of moderate walking took us to Red Canyon and Hance Rapids, where we set up camp in the shade. The temperature never dropped below 90° that night, so sleeping was fairly miserable. The only people we encountered for 3 days were Colorado River rafters, and we did appreciate that they checked to see how we were doing. We were especially fortunate to have cloud cover on day 4, as we ascended the Tonto 2500 feet to Horseshoe Mesa. A small stream of cool water provided relief at Hance Creek. Page Spring was also a delight. We were hit by a thunderstorm here - and quickly set up our tent and hunkered down for the night, listening to the rain and rocks sliding down the canyon sides. On day 5 we made the final push back to the rim under clear skies, mostly in the shadows caused by the cliffs. The temperature dropped into the 60's, which felt like Heaven! Carol and I were both overcame with emotion as we reached the end of our journey. I think we have earned the right to be called "advanced" backpackers.

Hiked from the South to North Rim spending 2 nights at Bright Angel Campground and 1 night at Cottonwood CG. I found the S. Kaibab trail to be steep and by the time I reached Bright Angel CG I was beat.There are restrooms and water on the way down. A dip in Bright Angel Creek cooled me off and was very soothing. Temperature on the thermometer at the CG was 105....Steak dinner at Phantom Ranch is money well spent. Cottonwood CG is a pleasant hike from Bright Angel CG and toilets and water are available. The hike from Cottonwood CG to the North Rim is very pleasant for the first few miles and then turns into what I found to be a grueling accent. Overall, I would rate hiking the Grand Canyon a tough but spectacular experience with breathtaking views.

hiking
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

hardest trail i ever worked on.

on South Bass Trail

backpacking
Friday, June 01, 2018

This is a breathtaking way to experience the Canyon and miss all the crowds, but you're going to have to work for it. A wisely operated high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicle can make access to the trailhead. Plan on spending two hours + or - 30 minutes on the dirt road heading out and back. Six hours down and seven to eight coming out are reasonable time estimates for fit, experienced backpackers with base pack weights of less than 20 lbs without water. As noted elsewhere, cache water on the Esplenade, (Immediately before dropping down toward Bass Canyon is a great place.) One gallon per person will get you back to the trailhead in hot conditions. We did this hike with daytime highs on the river of 100 degrees and are Phoenix heat-acclimated. I would NOT recommend doing this hike in 80+ degree river temps if you are not used to hiking all day in the heat, as you will find no shade during most of the day. When you get first sight of the river on the way down, start looking for an old fireplace ruin on the left side of the trail. When you reach it, turn right and drop steeply down to the river. There are several beach sites to choose from for camping. Mind the ants and the cold water, and guy out your tent to keep it from blowing into the river. 5 AM is a fine time to start heading back out if you're expecting heat. The last two hours of the hike in are the hardest of this trip. If you can make it down, you can make it out. The load on your feet and legs will feel different going uphill compared to down. Trekking poles and a light-as-you-can make it pack are a must. A practical trip plan might be to drive in and hike down to the Esplanade on the first day, hike to and camp at the river on the second day, then hike out and drive home or camp at the trailhead on the third day. Breaking up the descent would take a lot of stress off of your knees and eliminate any question of ability to make it to the river in one day. For reference: We're in our mid-40's, are reasonably fit and have a lot of backcountry experience. This hike is not for unguided beginners.

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