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Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 2,385 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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A rewarding day hike or backpack to a wooden mesa below the South Rim.

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from East Entrance: Drive west on East Rim Drive to Grandview Point access road. Turn right and follow the access road to the trailhead. Descend two miles on the Grandview Trail to reach the East Horseshoe Mesa Trail.

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Lucas Gardner
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This trail was really steep in parts like the first 2 miles we didn’t go all the way down as we did t have enough water and it would be getting dark when we would have gotten back to the car I would rate this higher than moderate as we thought it was harder coming up than bright angel

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Rich Vac
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Briana Arnold
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HikingRocky

Good trail! There is another Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa trail on AllTrails which more accurately represents the trail, especially if you want to go down onto the mesa. We started at 5:30am after watching the sunrise and were so glad to leave early for some shade on the way up, even for experienced hikers it was a butt-kicker. Take lots of water for summer hikers. About 7mi and 2,800’ gain in total.

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Anastasia Warner
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HikingRocky

Very hard, took us 4 hr 50 minutes and we are pretty fit. (2 hours down, 3 hours up) AMAZING views the entire way down, so it was a great way to really see the canyon up close. Better than the rim trail but the terrain is very hard here, so be aware of that. We started at 7am - start as early as possible. I went through 3 L

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Sara Casaletto
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beautiful trail with great views the whole way. it’s extremely steep and has intermittent shade if you go in the morning, but this is definitely a hike for experienced hikers.

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Mike Sylvester
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My wife and I tackled this hike a few days ago and were very quickly humbled by the terrain. This isn't your typical 5.5 mile hike. In fact, we clocked closer to 7 miles. The climb down was pretty strenuous, with a lot of switchbacks and most of the trail being small loose rocks. The views on the descent were quite beautiful, BUT, at a certain point, the views start to look the same and not get much better. We managed to get to the Horseshoe Mesa campsite, about 1/4 mile from the end of the trail, but due to the heat and our exhaustion we stopped there. One of my biggest regrets was going this far, simply because the view we had here, was fairly consistent with views that we got on the journey down, only now, we had to climb 3ish miles back to the top. A few disclaimers I would give to anyone going on this hike: 1. If you're going in the warmer months like we did, leave EARLY, and bring lots of water. We went through 6L between the two of us, and definitely wish we had more. 2. Know your limits. It's very deceiving when it's listed as a 5.5 mile roundtrip hike. This is much steeper than most 5 milers, and you have to remember that although your journey down won't feel too hard, you have to climb back up almost 3,000 feet. 3. Bring hiking poles if you have them, and make sure you have adequate shoes/boots. The terrain is very rough. Overall, it is a beautiful hike, but we definitely went too far for our abilities, and wish we had turned around sooner. There are easier places to get to for great views, but this trail does provide a cool 360 degree view from inside the canyon. Just make sure to balance the views with your hiking abilities. Be safe and enjoy!

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L Smith
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Brett Brannon
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HikingMuddySnow

Great trail! Views are amazing. Went down to Coconino Saddle. A little more technical since it’s not a regular maintained trail.

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A Kessler
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forgot to turn off recording before driving home

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Alexander Short
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Don’t let the small amount of snow or minor exposure steer you away from this beautiful hike! My girlfriend and I started just before 1 pm, and it was about 45 degrees. A couple hours later down in the canyon, the temperature rose about 20 degrees. Coming from CO, the Grand Canyon was a whole new world for us, and we cannot wait to visit this environment again. I would guess a month from now would be ideal for temps. It’s a little cold now, but it will be better in April. What goes down must come up!?

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Sarah Caldwell
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Saige Moloian
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Gorgeous but icy in beginning of March

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Joseph Wade
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I recommend going either left or right at the end of this trail. There isn't much of a view at the end other than an interesting radiation sign that I'm assuming is an old uranium or copper mine, and the old ruins of a mining dining hall. I went left at the fork and hiked another 1.25 miles along the flat plateau at the end to a look out North West of Horseshoe Mesa. The views there were stunning, and so were the views the entire way. Make sure you have enough water. Even in Early march we went through quite a bit of water for a 6 hour hike (with the added 2.5 miles)

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Gretchen Hall
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Loes vd Pas
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IcySnow

Hiked this trail on 1/24/2020. Great hike, challenging, with breathtaking views. The trail was very icy for the first 2/3 of the way. We used trekking poles and traction devices on our hiking boots and still slipped a couple of times on the way down. Nothing too serious, but definitely watch your step, especially when going downhill. We started the trail at 11 and got back a little before 4, taking a 25 min break at Horseshoe Mesa and some short stops along the way to drink water and take pictures. The trail is very lightly trafficked in the winter, we only ran into 3 other hikers.

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Arleen R.
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Great views! The whole path at the beginning is icy snow. I’d recommend micro-spikes for grip and maybe even poles. We didn’t go further. Even without the hike, you could still get a nice view and pics if you walk down the trail for a bit. Just keep in mind your comfort level and safety.

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Parker W
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HikingIcySnow

Microspikes are a must right now. Wore them for half the trail. Couple spots are pretty exposed and definitely made my palms sweat!

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Allegra A
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Hiked without poles or spikes...do able but slippery. Nice hike!

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Joanna Fallen
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Difficult. Trail is on the edge of a drop off.

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Brian Weiss
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Hiked this trail 10/28/19. Temps were in the 30s on the way down and barely 40s on the way up. Perfect conditions in my book. Beautiful trail but STEEP! Highly suggest using walking sticks. Didn’t complete the entire trail due to time constraints but will come back again and hopefully camp down at the camp site for a night. Easy to get lost in the views but there are some very narrow spots due to either boulders or washouts so stay vigilant. Read the boards at the top of the trail to get some of the history of the trail. Really makes you appreciate the “tiling” construction of the trail.

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Bradley Joe
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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.

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