Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail

MODERATE 128 reviews
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Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,385 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A rewarding day hike or backpack to a wooden mesa below the South Rim.

hiking
6 hours ago

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.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

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.

hiking
18 days ago

first of all, we're a couple that's in fairly good shape but haven't done any serieus hikes in awhile. This was a challenging hike and we spend about 2h going down and another 3 going back up. We made a deal to turn back after 3 hours no matter where we were and I'm glad we did because the climb up is the most difficult part . when doing this climb : don't be the hero, be the smartass

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate to difficult trail depending on hiking experience. This was my first desert hike and it was true to the desert. The views are incredible. Brought about 3 liters of water and just about drank it all. Hike took around 5 hours total. Started around 8 ended around 1. If you are an avid hiker this trail will be no problem. Just be careful for the snakes. There was rattling everywhere at the last mike of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely incredible! Do not underestimate the up!! Definitely recommend for evening because it is mostly shaded! in the morning the trail is probably all sun

Great trail. Hit it early lots of direct sun areas. Bring tons of water. We had to stop and turn around about 2ml in because the path became all red sand and extremely narrow and I had a baby on my back. If properly equipped a non experienced/ in shape person can do it!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views all around. Definitely in the moderate difficulty on the way up. Hiking poles will speed up your trip down. Less crowded then Bright Angel trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is not maintained by the park but is in fairly good condition. You will have to climb and use your hands at times but nothing too crazy. The trail is steep for the first 2 miles and becomes less steep for the remainder of the hike. There are some steep drop offs along the trail however I’m a fairly cautious person and I wasn’t afraid of falling at any point. If you start this hike early, much of the beginning will be in the shade. The end of the trail leads to a camping area and former stone house. This area had quite a few bugs when we visited in early June so we didn’t hangout at the base for very long. We only saw about 8 people while hiking so this trail is much quieter and less busy than south kaibab or bright angel. Make sure the bring plenty of water for the significant elevation change. The hike took us 4 hours (about 2 each way) but we were moving quickly compared with others on the trail.

4 months ago

Very steep in the beginning, bring poles if you have old knees like me. A good chunk of this hike is shaded if you start early enough in the morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike and views! I planned on the hike being grueling on the legs, but where I failed was prepping for the altitude and the impact on the lungs. It goes to 7400 feet, so you definitely feel it on the way back up. Drink plenty (even when you don’t feel thirsty, you’re getting dehydrated), and have plenty of snacks to fuel you. I wouldn’t say I have a fear of heights but can get uneasy at times, and this will definitely have some parts that will leave you a bit weak in the knees, but it’s not scary at all if you just pay attention to where you’re going (AKA don’t fall off a cliff taking that perfect pic for Instagram). Definitely doing this again!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail (Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa out and back) kicked my butt! You could hear my breathing from a mile away. :-) After driving from South of Tucson to Grand Canyon in the morning, I started at 2:20 at trail head. Left Horseshoe Mesa at 4:10 and finished at 6:20 with time to spare to watch sunset at Desert View Tower. But was a grueling 4 hours. I do hike most weekends so I am used to the breathless suffering of uphill climb. This was the hardest trail for me by far. Well worth it. I carried 4.5 liters of water because the afternoon Sun was beating down, and drank 3 liters.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. You will appreciate the effort it took to get there when you look around from down below. Look at the photos so you have a better understanding of how the place is laid out. You can’t tell when you get there. Not a busy trail; we met a total of 20 people both ways. Took us 2 hrs downhill and 3 hrs uphill. My wife had a really hard time going downhill, and I had a really hard time going uphill. I was surprised how weak I felt because I am in better shape than that. Although the trail is hard (not moderate, in my subjective opinion), I have a feeling a combination of altitude and a 20 lbs backpack was the culprit for my ills. I drank 3 liters of water both ways, and would have drunk 2 more if I had that much. Bring hiking poles. You will be glad you did. You can rent them for $3 near the visitor center. Get enough sleep the night before. The terrain is hard. First and second thirds are the worst. Very steep and rocky. You’ll use hands occasionally if you have no poles. Be careful as it's narrow in places and it takes little before you're gone for good. Last third is flatter and wide. Very easy. Having done Horseshoe Mesa on 5/25 and Cedar Ridge on 5/24 the day before, I've come to realize that the way the level of difficulty is calculated is flawed. I understand that it takes a combination of length and elevation gain, altitude, type of terrain, user input etc. Cedar Ridge is rated as hard, even though people run up that trail. Mesa is rates as moderate. Cedar Ridge should be moderate at best. Horseshoe Mesa is hard, plain and simple. There are different levels of "hard", and there are harder trails than this, but within our 3 levels available here, this is hard. I would not do this trail again on a warm day. And I would certainly do it again but I’d spend the night at the camp. This was my first visit to the canyon and I’m in love with this place. It’s magical. I felt really bad when we got back and couldn’t move for 30 minutes, but soon after I wanted to go back into the canyon.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Great conditions today! Got started at 12:30pm, didn’t make it all the way to the Mesa because we got hungry but got close and had a great lunch spot. The way back up was very hot and dry, make sure you preserve lots of water for the hike out, there’s hardly any shade and it’s steep. We’re in good hiking shape and would rate this as moderately hard. Overall awesome hike, very few people once you get below the rim. Ended at 5:30pm.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

5 months ago

great views, few people. Tougher than I imagined going up. since areas with large steps up and some with brick like form on a slope. I was rather slow compared to others on the trail. im a moderate hiker, slower paced. it took 2.25hes to get to the mesa and 3.75hrs to get up from the view point. overall, my total time was close to 8 hrs with breaks and photos. I drank almost all my 3 L water. the temp was 70s F but I could definitely feel the heat taking its toll on me.

5 months ago

Steep and narrow trails mostly at the beginning. We did this on May 4th 2019 and saw the most budding and flowering cacti and trees in a very long time. the smells were amazing. Fresh pine too. There are some stairs on this trail. a few spots had been replaced with landslides, but we're passable. No water on this hike so bring plenty. We took a gallon and ran dry. lots of shade on the top steep part which was nice on the return trip. Toilet at the campground at Horseshoe mesa is out in the open, with no t.p., so bring your own. Found some Radiation signs near the campground...still need to look into that. You can't see Horseshoe Mesa from the top. the trail winds in a horseshoe pattern too. We did the full 11 miles in 7 hours. Slow going down as it's really steep.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Awesome trail with tons of good views. Going back up was a physical and mental challenge and I'd say I'm in decent shape.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was very narrow at some points but I’m afraid of heights and got through fine. I’d say it’s moderate as it took a little less than six hours for myself and my partner with plenty of water breaks and lunch for a half hour at the Mesa. Surprisingly it took us less time to hike up and out than it did to get down there. We went off the trail after the horseshoe to see further into the canyon and it is absolutely worth it. Amazing views the entire way.

Grandview Point to Horshoe Mesa is a grueling fast descent, recommended only for experience hikers. There is no water, so be sure to pack enough, and eat, as you will expand a lot of energy. Expect the return trip to be twice as difficult, as you navigate the steep ascent. However, for those brave enough to make the trek, it is probably the grandest views in the canyon

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was not hard, i would say moderate. There were spots where there were rockslides, so you had to climb over those. There were a few skinny areas in the trail but nothing too scary. Once you get to the horseshoe, there is an old mine, old house ruins, really worth the trip! We went to the right of the horseshoe (if your looking down on a map!). You can see parts of the river once your there. It took my husband and I a total of 7hrs round trip. We aren’t experienced hikers and we took a lot of breaks. Definitely take plenty of water! A hike that you should definitely do if you want something pretty easy with not many people!

hiking
6 months ago

very simple hike with great views. A must see!!

hiking
6 months ago

Cottonwood Campsite to TH

hiking
6 months ago

Cottonwood Creek Camp

9 months ago

Don't let the awesome views keep you from watching your step! there are some areas that are pretty exposed. Oh, and it's definitely not 11 miles. It's more like 7, round trip to the Horsehshoe Mesa CG.

11 months ago

Rocky and steep in places, but beautiful views and not crowded! Bring water and sunscreen, very little shade! Fun hike with panaromic views !

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked this trail with my dad in October and loved it. The park ranger didn't think we could finish it with the amount of time we had, but coming from high altitude and regularly hiking 14ers, we were able to complete it in less than five hours with plenty of time to stop and take pictures.

hiking
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Awesome trail!! It can be very rocky and steep at times, but nothing too crazy. Th views are amazing. Very different than the views from the canyon rim. There's some cool ruins at the bottom too. This trail is less crowded than many other trails in the park. The day I was there, the main Village had thousands of people walking around, and this trail head had 50-100 people at the viewpoint. My entire hike I saw about 5-6 other groups of hikers. I took the down hill as part hike, part trail run. Rim to campground was about 45 minutes. the hike back up was about 1.5 hours at a good clip. This trail is doable in 2.5 hours, but you have to have decent weather and be ready to hustle. 100% recommend this trail.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Did this a few days ago, great way to beat the crowds! Stunning vista from the view point at the end (ensure you keep following the track past the campsite/toilet right to the end, there is no actual sign for it and i noticed a lot of people turned back early). Tough hike back out so be prepared for that and take plenty of water as you'll need it. Done in fairly good pace, just under 4 hours :)

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

I did this hike, by accident, last summer. I almost died from heat exhaustion because I had been on a massive road trip all week and was already pushing my body to the limit. I forgot my water, food, camelpack, and sunscreen. Basically everything that I needed, I left in the car. SMH-yes, this was the day I officially realized I was a moron. The first half of the hike is straight down. I was basically running the whole time. The second half was brutal as the sun was burning me, my mouth was drier than it has ever been, and I was walking on a stair stepper for 2 hours. My mind started playing tricks on me at some point as the dehydration took hold. All that being said, I would like to do it again but this time prepared LOL

hiking
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Incredibly challenging if hot

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