Explore the most popular Horseback Riding 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.

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bugs
3 days ago

This is a great introduction trail to the beauty of the. North Rim. The trail had a lot of ups and downs and spectacular views of the canyon. Lightly trafficked, perfect in the mornings or mid day since the forest offers protection from the sun.

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rocky
4 days ago

Fantastic hike! First time at the Grand Canyon. Went during the summer when it’s really hot. The earlier the start, the better. Took us 3 hours out and back at a comfortable pace with a long scenic break at Cedar Ridge. Rangers do guided tours in the morning.

Wowza! Started this hike at 8:40 and finished it around 11:30, which is apparently the "average" time it takes to finish this (anywhere between 2-4 hours is typical). Bring PLENTY of water and snacks - we ended up giving some of our snacks to a little girl who was not in good shape, and we passed tons of people who were struggling without water. We stopped at the top of every other switchback and basically every shady spot so I could catch my breath (I'm going to say it was the elevation change for me - I'm usually at sea level, so hiking at 7000 feet is no easy feat!), but we just turned those breaks into photo ops to make it more enjoyable. The views are SPECTACULAR, so you'll probably want to do the same. Going down was fairly easy - my knees and feet started to hurt a bit near the end, which is weird because I never feel the pain going downhill like other people do, but I definitely did on this hike. Maybe bring poles - it does get a bit narrow, steep and slippery at some points, but it's not too bad. Stop at Ooh Aah Point for some photos and keep making your way down to Cedar Ridge. Stop there for snacks, photos and to enjoy the peace of the canyon, then prepare for your hike up! Go early to avoid the heat and bring plenty, plenty, plenty of water - it's a toughie, but it's worth it for the views!!

Took S Kaibab to Bright Angel, was definitely a good combination of trails for the round trip. Kaibab trail gets very steep and difficult at the end. Took about 3.5 hours down, 5 hours up.

Just did this hike on Saturday, 7/6/2019. Prior to starting our hike multiple park rangers stopped my bf and I to warn us about the heat. They suggest we only go to Cedar Ridge, no further because the temperature goes up as one hikes down. Plus, we started out hike after the suggested time 10 am. Anything after 10 am there’s no shade to protect you from the heat. Well, my bf and I felt comfortable to continue our hike down passing Cedar Ridge about 30-40 min. Going down is not difficult going up is when it gets challenging. I found this hike to be extremely challenging due to the heat. Make sure to start your hike very early between 5 am and 7 am or after 4 pm, bring a lot of water, have breakfast and bring salty snacks. I was lucky enough to come across a park ranger on my way up because I passed out.

If you want to get away from the people, go here! Be sure to stop at Cedar Point, I think the view here is a little better. There is a very defined trail the whole way, but some good hiking shoes doesn’t hurt. Be sure to bring enough water and snacks (I went through 3 liters of water).

This trail is no joke. Sooo easy on the way down in shade and what seems like a slight decline. We didn't get started until about 9:30 am and went about a half mile past Cedar Ridge. It was super hot with no shade on the way up. Definitely wish we would have started earlier in the morning. We just took it really slow with lots of "photo" breaks basically every time we came across a bit of shade. We thought we had brought plenty of water, about 3-4 bottles each in our hydration backpacks, but wish we had brought more. The trail was beautiful, very well maintained, lots of other people up and back. No water so bring your own.

First canyon hike I have done so it was quite different going down first and then up. There were a lot of great vantage points for pictures and views. The incline going up is pretty steady so you won’t over exert yourself by going up and down inclinations. The hike has logs and stone crossing it for most of the hike so you won’t slide. Beautiful panoramic view at the end of Cedar Ridge.

Awesome way to escape the crowds and see some incredible views of the canyon. After Ooh Aah Point, the trail was nearly empty. Leave very early. We started hiking at 6:30 AM in early July and wish we had started earlier. There was very little shade after Cedar Ridge and the entire way back. We took four liters of water each - there isn’t any opportunity to get water on the trail - and plenty of light snacks. If it’s too hot, you can still get a great view at Ooh Aah Point before turning back.

Went out at 5am and had a wonderful experience! Cannot stress enough to get out there early - 3/4 of this trail was shaded because of it and completely empty. Took stunning pictures. My husband and I are athletic and in shape, we could have easily gone to Skeleton, we just wanted to play it safe as it was July. That said, we got down in about 50 minutes, the footing was scary so we took our time. We went up fast with minimal breaks. Enjoy! Afterwards we walked the rim trail to bright angel lodge which was a gorgeous walk as well.

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16 days ago

A really great easy walk at the North Rim with some spectacular and less-than-typical views of the Canyon. Good chance of spotting some local wildlife as well, just keep and eye out for the horse droppings near the trailhead.

Nice little trail to get some solitude and a nice view at the point when you only have a couple hours to hike. Thumbs up! Forest peaceful, green, pleasant today. Saw a docile mule deer as well.

Fabulous hike. Abundant beauty.

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We went back up at a vigorous pace and had to take a break at Ooh Aah Point. It’s a solid hike with great views. I wish we would have went to the bottom and hiked up the other trail to see everything. Next time!

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rocky
20 days ago

It was a nice moderate hike. We only made it to Cedar Ridge, and not to the end at Skeleton. We hiked 3.5 miles and it took us about 3 hours to get there and back because of a lot of water breaks and photo opportunities.

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rocky
24 days ago

Very rewarding hike. The decent is slower due to loose rock and sand like conditions; making for unsure footing. I’d recommend completing the whole hike out to the point at cedars ridge. The accent is steep but was competed quicker than the decent. Bring lots of water (only fill station is at the start) and take breaks in the shade as needed. It took about 2 hours to complete with water and photo breaks, and about a 15-20 minute rest at the point. Enjoy!

Started this trail around 3:45pm. Got down fairly quickly and thankfully it wasn’t as hot as expected. Took my girlfriend and I three hours total to complete the full trail. Would highly recommend. There seemed to be a lot of shade past cedar ridge as well. The views are priceless and the canyon literally engulfs you.

I give it a 5 star rating because it is a trail that's maintained by the National Park Service so I can feel better about bringing my wife and kids on it. It's views are beautiful and provides an opportunity for people to say they hiked in the Grand Canyon! It wasn't too crazy like some say. Just watch where you step and don't stare at the scenery while walking. I highly recommend it!

I did this hike June 4th 2019 Don’t be fooled by the stunning decent into the canyon because the grind back out soon wipes the smile away. Definitely worth it with amazing views of the canyon and Columbia River from Skeleton Point! Be sure to take EXTRA water and plenty of snacks as there is very limited places to rest in the shade apart from Cedar Ridge. We hiked at 9am and it was around 28 Celsius by 11am so start early or wait until the afternoon to catch a great sunset. Be sure to stop at Skeleton Point unless you are planning on camping at the bottom. Definitely a hike I would return to do again.

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rocky
1 month ago

Mule poop along trail, but doesn't bother us! welcome to nature.

More treachous than difficult on the way down. A workout coming back up. Amazing view of the canyon the whole way, but you're really immersed in it at the bottom.

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1 month ago

Did this hike just to get the medallion for running the Grand Canyon half marathon. Was impressed with the break throughs in the trees that opened up to panorama views of the canyon and the overlook at the very end was well worth it. Not a busy trail AT ALL. I think we saw maybe 6 people the whole hike out there. Beware at night the mosquitoes are brutal.

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