Red Butte Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until October.

2.0 miles
912 feet
Out & Back


trail running



no dogs

Directions from Highway 64/180: Turn onto Forest Road (FR) 320. Travel east for 1.5 miles and turn left (north) onto FR 340. After traveling .75 mile on this road turn right (east) onto a spur road. The trailhead is located at the end of this .25 mile road.

16 days ago

This trail was remote, packed full of amazing views, offers backpacking and car camping options, and rewards you with a little extra by having the fire watch tower at the top! The terrain changes a lot along the way. Larger rocks, gravel, some sandy/dirt, but over all pretty good for stability. There are some “no motorized vehicles beyond this point” signs along the access roads, which added some time to our hike bc we weren’t sure how far up we could drive. The small loop before the trail head begins is where you can park. Unless the fire tower is staffed and they let you access their water, there is no water on the trail. My husband and I did this hike in October and drank a decent amount, but had more than enough left in our 3 liter bladders (this was the first hike of the day, so our bladders were filled in preparation for a full day of hiking). There are two sets of switch backs, the first being much easier than the second. We’re from Indiana, so the elevation was a little hard to handle. The base of the hike was decently warm for this time of year, but once you hit the second set of switchbacks near the top, the wind picks up and the temperature feels quite a bit cooler. I did this hike in capri hiking pants, Keens close toed sandals, a wicking tank and base layer long sleeve and was 100% comfortable (temps were in the high 60’s). There was some construction being done on the tower so we talked with the workers briefly and were able to go onto the deck and take some photos. We also sat on the eastern side and had a quick snack before heading down. Take those bits into consideration when looking at our total time.
Great hike and other than the workers, we didn’t see a single human (lots of animal tracks though!).

9 months ago

Very easy hike! Sublime views of the often overlooked terrain only twenty three miles south of the Grand Canyon. I did see large cat tracks freshly made and have heard rumors of people spotting and/or bagging mountain lions in this area. I tend to hike alone as most of my friends are sedentary however the next time I hike this trail I will do so with others!

9 months ago

Awesome afternoon trail! Headed up around noon hung out at top for a bit then back down in 45mins. Beautiful views of the canyon and San Fransico peaks. Rocky trail so bring the right shoes!

10 months ago

Well worth the effort. The views in all directions are pretty amazing but looking toward Flagstaff into the volcanic field is spectacular. I agree with a previous poster here to keep a lookout for rattlesnacks. You never know when you’re going to get hungry.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

My partner and I stopped to do this hike in the early morning before heading into the Grand Canyon. It was a lovely, quiet hike that was a great antidote to the McDonald's-tourist-zoo-endless-sea-of-gift-shops-entrance to the area. The hike wasn't too difficult but we had yet to fully adjust to the altitude (we're from Virginia and we operate at around 600 ft above sea level on a daily basis, whereas once you are in this part of AZ, you're at around 8,000 ft above sea level) so we were a bit huffy and puffy as we went up. Adding to this was the fact that there is a major heatwave in effect currently (they've been grounding flights in Phoenix because it hit 120 Fahrenheit). Nonetheless, the trail offers a fair amount of shade as you ascend, so we were able to pause and take in the marvelous views the whole time. Once you're at the top of the butte, you get 360 degree views of the area, which allows you to see the Grand Canyon in the distance.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Watch out for rattlesnacks. Well marked trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice short hike outside of Grand Canyon NP. Great views from the top. Dog friendly.

Monday, September 12, 2016


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