Looking for a great trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 94 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 50 hard trails in Grand Canyon National Park ranging from 2.6 to 72.6 miles and from 2,559 to 8,894 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the spectacular views of the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop, even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. If you have limited time, you can drive along the rim (most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights) and be sure to stop at Grandview point - the southernmost point on Grand Canyon's south rim. The North Rim is often less crowded and has more solitary hiking trips. If you are feeling the need to get some light exercise, just walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking a free shuttle bus back to the visitor center or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel Rrail. DO NOT attempt a round trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate along the steep trail. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums about natural history where you can attend ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today. Bring hiking boots, ample water, sunscreen, a hat, and check for info on backcountry permits if you plan to camp overnight.

Completed 10/19-20/19. Day 1: 10.4 miles, 4 hours, moderate speed. Day 2: 7.2 miles, 3 hours 45 minutes, moderately slow speed (also took a 45 minute break). Carried about a 40 pound pack- easily doable in one day, especially without the pack. Did this hike clockwise opposite everyone else. Main reason was I wanted a longer hike day 1 as I camped at Bright Angel Campground- the campground was a good 20 degrees warmer than up top on south rim. I camped before this trail on the top of south rim and it got down to about 25 degrees at night versus 45 down at the campground! Day 1 was easy going downhill. Day 2 was difficult because of elevation gain. I started day 2 just before 6am- I would highly recommend starting even earlier- very few people out and I was going the opposite way of everyone else- basically got to enjoy the sunrise by myself. This is NOT a hike to do if you are like me and enjoy solitude. There are tons of people- but it is definitely worth doing- the canyon is beautiful! PROS: Beautiful view of the Grand Canyon- worth doing once in your life! CONS: Lots of people! Pretty beastly climb back up!

The views on this hike are hard to top. Highly challenging switch offs after Skeleton Point, I recommend hiking sticks & plenty of water. Leave early & dont rush yourself, we made a mistake of coming back late so didn’t have time for breaks. If you’re not in good hiking shape the trail mite be too much.

Nice short view hike!

Dont under estimate this hike. The drop is significant for the first 2.25 miles. Beautiful color change right now and good temperatures. Started around 9 and finished around 4. But we took our time to enjoy the views. Couple very narrow spots on the trail, so you have to pay attention. We would not take our little ones on this hike. Too steep and too narrow in a few spots.

2 days ago

Very hard but beautiful

Would HIGHLY recommend taking this hike for those wanting something that will take between 3-5 hours and see great views of the canyon. My friend and I are in our early 30s and in fairly good shape, but we decided to really take our time with this trail and soak in all the photo opportunities. Took about 2 hours down 30-45 min for lunch and about 2.5 hours up. We were expecting the uphill to be much more brutal. We did this hike in mid October so weather conditions were also perfect. We started in heavy layers, gloves and hats and by Skeleton Point we wished we would have brought shorts and a tank top! Next time we’ll be more prepared and go to the river!

Such an amazing hike with views at almost every corner. We left parking at 11:15am and we’re back around 7pm. Tip off Point is not very impressive at first, but if you go north about 200 yards onto the ridge you see an amazing overlook onto Colorado River. (36.0914967, -112.0894101)

It was listed as hard and it was. Rocky - steep inclines but it was worth it. We did 6 total and the views were beautiful.

It was a great hike. We hike at sunrise to beat the heat. Trail was rocky but manageable with poles - awesome views.

Great paved path with many amazing views of the canyon. This trail is great for anyone from little children to elderly or even those in wheelchairs.

We only went down to mile and a half rest. Took us about 3 hours to complete. Gorgeous views - everywhere in the park looks just a little bit different. Water and an outhouse was available at this stop, then we hiked back up. Used hiking poles, which was very helpful. Lots of switchbacks and steep incline, but so worth it for the views. We went in the afternoon and almost all of the hike was shaded, which was very nice and comfortable. Sunset viewing of the canyon was beautiful. Would love to go back and do Rim to Rim some day!

This was my favorite hike of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The entire trip the views were amazing. It took us about 3.5 hours, even with many pauses along the way. Good rule of thumb: it takes twice as long to get back up as it did to go down. Cedar Ridge has an outhouse. You change over 1000 feet of elevation on this hike. Moderate hike but well worth it! We used hiking poles which were very helpful although it is possible to do without.

Fun trail out and back. Went a little bit further than Cedar, for views up and down the Canyon. Dusty trail with steps, steep in places but manageable. Easy down, harder back up.

I did this as a one day solo hike on 10/10/19. My app clocked about 26 miles and took me 14.5hrs to complete. The temp was 26 when I started and in the 70's at the bottom (Perfect!). This was my first time hiking the GC and was by far my longest hike to date. The hike to Phantom Ranch was amazing and not too difficult. PR is a great place to take a break in the shade, soak your feet in the cool water, and put on a new pair of socks (highly recommend). Once you cross the Colorado River, the trail starts to go up hill. It isn't very steep but somewhat constant...still not very difficult. The Bright Angel Trail seems to wind on forever. The last 5 miles of switchbacks seem to never end! Don't get discouraged, just keep walking and take breaks as needed (the last 5 miles took me 5hrs) The feeling of FINALLY making it to the end is AMAZING! Every water source was working when I went so I only carried 2 liters with me. Eat plenty of snacks and drink electrolytes along the way and you'll be fine. I drank about half plain water and half with electrolytes. I probably drank a total of 7-8 liters (it wasn't a hot day). I wasn't sure how much food to bring so I ended up bringing way more than I needed...I could have survived a week...I guess that's better than running out. If you are considering going, DO IT! You won't regret it...just try to avoid the hot months if possible. Also, the decent from the North Rim is amazing! I think you miss a lot if you do it in the dark. Only mistake I made was not bringing hiking poles. I've never used them but I wish I had bought a set for this hike. The downhill is tough on your joints and the last 5 miles up is much easier with poles. Learn from my mistake, USE POLES!

Great challenge. Took me all day but totally worth it. Be prepared for a long day hike, carry lots of water, salty snacks and whatever other food and nutrition supplements you are used to. Wear layers as it is cool at top and hot at the bottom. One should be fairly fit before attempting to do this in one day. Some of the trails are a bit sketchy especially on the South Kaibab so wear good grippy trail shoes or light hikers.

Theres a reason every website giving Grand Canyon recommendations says to visit this short trail! It is awesome and worth the visit. There and back in 30 min:)

4 days ago

This was a nice trail, but it was very easy and there weren’t many exciting things to see, it was not what we were planning for / expecting so it was a bit disappointing for us but it was still a nice trail. This is what I’d call a “walk in the park”.

Great for morning hike in shade. Pretty steep in places. Try to go early and avoid post breakfast crowds. Went past ooh ha point to 2 mile marker and then went back up. Figure 30 minutes per mile. No dogs allowed but watch for horse/mule riders

Start early! We started at 6:30 and we were done by 10:30. It became super busy at the end so it is nice to have the trail to yourself in the early hours. Very beautiful hike that wasn’t too hard, just a steep way back up. Go to the left of the skeleton point sign to get a beautiful view of the river. Totally worth-it and didn’t take all day!

5 days ago

First hike down into canyon. Beautiful morning, started down at 9:42. Made it to 3 mile resthouse around Noon. After lunch and break, started back up around 12:45 and reached trailhead at 3:51pm. Experienced some right thigh cramping around 11:30, not drinking enough. Left knee began to sore around 3pm. People friendly on trail from all over US and other countries. Vistas were breathtaking. No problem breathing.

Easy hike to Ooh Ahh point for family. Round trip with rests less than 2 hours. Not scary!

Amazing views. The trail is well kept but is very busy with folks. Saw a family of deer and a ram on the trail. Hiking poles helped me out a lot going up and down as the elevation changes greatly.

Moderate to hard hike. Started 10 and only made it about half way down, the way back up took a good amount of time and didn’t get back until around 1. I suggest bringing walking sticks, very steep in some spots.

Started early in the morning, around 6:30 and there was barely anyone there. Beautiful place to see the sun come over the canyon. If you walk a little to the left of the sigh there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the canyon. Such a great way to appreciate its beauty. Would do it again and go all the way to the Colorado River next time. We finished around 10:30, so it only took us 4 hours to hike the 6 miles

Awesome hike from the North Rim to South Rim. Took about 12 hours with lots of stops along the route to take in the journey and amazing views! Started at 4:30am at the North Rim. Very dusty and sandy trail which wasn’t expecting but it was fine. Such an incredible hike with many challenges as the last few miles is straight up and seemingly endless. But at 62 years old, it’s a must do hike for everyone. And the North Rim is a special place too.

Stunning views all the way. loved the contrast of the dry the section, verdant Indian Garden, and then views of the river from Plateau Point. there was water on tap every 1.5 miles or so, which was a luxury!

6 days ago

lovely walk through the forest to an absolutely incredible view!

Great, well-maintained trail with consistently fabulous views. no water available when we did it. Hiking fairly fast we made Skeleton point and back to the top in 3.5 hours.

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