Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail

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Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2378 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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

backpacking
17 days ago

I took my two boys ages 10 and 11 for a two day backpacking trip where we camped at Horseshoe Mesa campground. The trail is quite steep even by Grand Canyon standards as it features three sets of switch backs on about a 1.5 mile upper section. The trail features cobblestone on the switchbacks. The views of the Horseshoe Mesa itself and underlying Canyon are impressive. The campground is easily found with signs that my boys and I were able to find in the dark. We explored the Mesa and the antique mining house and old gear left behind. There are several mines , but are off limits. The most difficult part of our trip was retrieving water from Page Springs, which I found plenty of water available in late December. Great trip , just be careful on your way down to Page Springs.

1 month ago

Awesome trail, lightly trafficked compared to other hikes in the south rim. Saw just a handful of people on this trail around mid-day. Past the Horseshoe Mesa sign there is a excellent look out where the trail dead ends at one of the ends of the horseshoe; makes the whole things about 8.5 miles. It’s a steep one and really uneven/rocky.

hiking
3 months ago

Best Trail at the South Ridge: lightest Traffic and steepest ascents! Great workout, quick down and up to Horseshoe for those conditioned.

Weather can be 30-40 degrees different from top of ridge to bottom at Canyon floor- It was sunny and warm at bottom and snowing when we got back to the top, so bring layers.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazingly beautiful hike, trail was easy to follow and in good condition. We hiked all the way to the north end of Horseshoe Mesa for a stunning view on the inner canyon (probably about a mile past the campground, but trail is quite level). Trail is strenuous (especially your way back up), it took us about 5 hours to complete (without breaks). We only met three other hikers on the trail. Weather was not too hot for August with a nice cool breeze.

hiking
5 months ago

Long for a day hike, be prepared with lots of water and plenty of layers. If you want to get to the Mesa you'll need to start early to get back before dark.

10 months ago

Hiked it in a little over 4 hours. Beautiful sunset as we were climbing back to rim. Lots of steps, but would do it again.

10 months ago

Not many people do this trail. Great trail. Took 2 litres of water and about 1 of Gatorade. Drank it all. Hiked in August. Very hot, leave early to avoid the heat.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Only went down 2.5 miles or so, but still a highly enjoyable trail, very quiet, saw "maybe" 2 other groups of hikers, way more enjoyable that Bright Angel, Also has some pretty good drop offs which we found exciting, would do again!

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Challenging! Bring tons of water because you will need it all. We didn't hike the entire trail because we were in a time crunch but I definitely want to return to go all the way.

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Favorite hike I've ever done. The Grand Canyon is unmatched.

hiking
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Would give 6 Sara if possible. Difficult start to the trail, gets a not easier. Recommend hiking down before sunrise to watch it from inside the canyon. Also once you get to the old structure, keep going through the low brush to the awesome outlook points. Highly recommended.

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