Grandview Trail Loop

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Grandview Trail Loop is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 best used from March until November.

12.3 miles
3776 feet





nature trips



wild flowers



no dogs

This is a difficult, steep, and rocky trail that can have extreme weather (hot in summer, cold in winter). It is not for those who are scared of heights, have bad knees, or for younger children. Bring more water than you think you need! Your hard work will be rewarded with great views.

7 days ago

I lucked out on a sunny and unseasonably warm day in Jan (~50s at the top/70s on the floor). I loved, LOVED this trail! It is definitely a challenge due to the rocky, uneven terrain at times and extremely steep descent/ascent, but the variety of views are phenomenal and well worth the effort. As others have noted, give yourself 8 hours to complete the full loop. I got a late start at 11:15am (began my day with a helicopter ride -- highly recommend!) and ended at 7pm with two 20 min breaks, which meant an hour+ in the dark with a headlamp. It was a blessing in disguise: I got to hike under the most brilliant dome of stars! I wandered off trail a couple times on the back side of the mesa (kinda on par for me), but found my way back thanks to my offline AllTrails map/GPS since the trail isn't well marked. The Tonto portion is a nice, flat respite across the canyon floor and follows along the river (such a pretty sound!). But this is where I saw FRESH mountain lion tracks and hadn't read up on what to do in an encounter (don't run; wave your hands and yell; appear large; throw rocks, if necessary -- you're welcome). I did the loop clockwise. I recommend the reverse. Going clockwise means you tackle the full 4000 ft ascent in your last 4 mi. It's no joke and pretty brutal, although my ass is probably 2" higher for it. The only other trail I've done in the south rim is Bright Angel to Plateau Point, which was awesome, but I liked this one a ton more due to the view variety, more natural trail, and solitude (I only saw 3 people -- and thankfully, no mountain lions).

8 days ago

Jan 7, 2018: Beautiful scenery. Be sure to start early, carry plenty of water and carry flashlights (just in case)

3 months ago

Oct 7, 2017. Left at 9, back by 5. Was hustling though. Gorgeous terrain and plenty of Canyon scenery including seeing the river. There is a spring along the way. But definitely Bring water.

7 months ago

This trail is very steep, and very strenuous on the way back up. The warnings on the park's website to take plenty of water, and to hike early in the morning are spot on. We started hiking at 8:45, and it was already hot. We would have been able to go deeper than one mile down the trail if we would have left earlier. There are sections that are steep, with footing that is a bit tricky. This is unlike any trail I have ever hiked. The views are phenomenal. I would recommend using a GPS device (we used Alltrails) to keep track of how far you have gone down. Going back up is probably 3-4 times harder. Tracking our path helped us know when we needed to turn around. It was about 100 degrees by the time we arrived back at the top.

7 months ago

not for beginners. we went down to the horseshoe. very technical areas. steep. because of how steep it is remember to give the hiker coming up the right of way. beautiful view of the canyon and Co river in the distance. bring lots of water 3 L a person and good footwear is a must. bathrooms available at trailhead.

9 months ago

Best trail down to the Tonto Platform. Visit Pete's Cabin and old mine. See the Cavern, if you know where. Great Views of Vishnu Temple and Wotons Throne. Can connect to Tanner Rapids trail.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Awesome trail with very few people if any. Very steep at the top with lots of exposure to injury or death. Great views of the canyon and beautiful trail. I wouldn't bring kids or old people because of the narrow trail next to the cliffs. Bring three times as much water as you think you will need.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great trail for experienced hikers. Amazing views every step of the way.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

We only hiked a small portion of the Grandview on our was out from Hance Creek on the Tonto. The trail was very nice and well maintained.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We hiked down to the beginning of Horshoe Mesa and then went back. It was a very fun and extremely beautiful hike but also very difficult. The first mile or so is very steep and icy but offers some of the best views in the canyon. The trail is not very well traveled which I prefer. If you can handle how steep the trail is I would fully recommend it.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

This was a great way to see the Grand Canyon. You get away from all of the people. The first .5-1 miles down is pretty steep. One of my favorite hikes!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This trail is beyond brilliant. We didn't see a soul until we were on Horseshoe Mesa, 3 people hiking, and then not another soul until we got back to the rim.

It's a great hike that's difficult and challenging, can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Rugged and unmaintained. Perfect if you want to explore the canyon without the crowds. We hiked down an hour and then back out. Only saw 8 hikers total.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Great hike, make sure you explore the Mesa,
lots of little treasures linked to the history and construction of this trail

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Nice trail with steep descent--not for those who have a problem with heights. Beautiful views the whole way to horseshoe mesa and back. When you get to the saddlepoint bridge, great views of two canyons. Be sure to take a look back at the awesome construction of the trail you passed over. We made it to the mesa and had to turn back as the monsoons were upon us. Caution: cobblestones are slippery when wet. What a workout!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Was an excellent hike, although had to turn back because the trial was very icy still at the top. Did not have crampons or Yaktracks to keep from slipping. Made it a mile down to "The Saddle" then turned back. Actually came back out faster that it took going down. That was amazing. Will try this again in a few weeks. Absolutely one of my favorite trails at the Grand Canyon

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This is an excellent trail when you want to get away from the crowds. Hiking in on the Grandview and camping on Horseshoe Mesa makes for a exhilarating experience. Be sure to bring lots of water as it is a short hike from Horseshoe Mesa to the nearest water supply. From Horseshoe Mesa you can hike down and hook up with the Tonto trail.

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