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Shoshone Point Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Out & Back
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky No dogs
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This easy, family-friendly trail starts in a ponderosa pine forest and ends at a picnic area with beautiful views from Shoshone Point. Accessibility: The parking lot is dirt and not labeled. The trail surface is dirt, typically at least five feet wide, and it is mostly flat with an average grade is 3%. Trail may be bumpy if there have been areas washed out or roots and rocks exposed. Also may be muddy and slippery. The steepest section is at the end of the trail past 0.9 miles, where the grade is above 8%.

There is a bathroom and picnic area near the first view of Shoshone Point, about 1 mile into the trail.

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Danielle Nemzer
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Favorite viewpoint of the trip! Lovely flat walk to the view spot.

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Jose Camino
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Marie Watson
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AMAZING!!

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Kristin Blitsch
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail for kids. Unmarked. Really nice picnic area with roof for shade 2 bbq pits for use and bathrooms.

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Lara Kroft
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Beautiful sunrise view. We hiked to Yaki Point by following some faint trails through the woods, connecting to the sandy mule trail, and reconnecting to the canyon side trail. Just keep the canyon on your right, approximately 3 miles from Shoshone to Yaki.

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Angy Beran
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One of the most epic panoramic views of the canyon. It’s a must see and super easy!

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Paige Stevens
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Amazing viewpoint - just make sure you go past the picnic area. I was able to see the river, canyon, and Humphreys in one view. It’s an easy walk through the pines. The Little Rock scramble to the viewpoint is a little scary if you have an issue with heights (me) but still doable.

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Lizzy Cheshire
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Such an incredible gem in the national park. We went at sunset and brought some dinner to eat while we sat out on the plateau (there are also tons of picnic tables with shade during the day). The park has been generally pretty empty our whole visit, and this was one of the more crowded spots we saw--still only for a total of 3 other couples/families on the viewpoint besides us. There are a couple great vistas before you hit the end of the trail but as other reviewers are saying, stepping out onto the plateau out of the trees is breathtaking. The trail is along a road, very easy walk for most people, and there are restrooms and trash cans at the end of the trail (far enough back that they won't obstruct your views!)

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Michaela Leffingwell
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If I wasn’t using the directions from this app, I would have had a really hard time finding the trailhead as the parking lot is not marked! The hike itself was short and beautiful and stepping out onto the plateau was UNREAL. It was our first time to see the Grand Canyon and we watched the sunset from this view point. Took about 13 minutes to walk from the parking lot out to the viewpoint. The trail is very well maintained and there is a picnic area and bathrooms at the last portion of the trail. I think this trail would be great at any time of the day because walking through the woods offers decent shade the whole way.

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Aimee Paulson
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Loved, loved, loved this trail. Easy walk for and end of the day at the canyon. Made it out there by 7:15pm and had plenty of time to watch the change of the sun and clouds on the canyon walls. Storm in the distance created a rainbow on the other rim. Could see the river and Skeleton Point from the trail end. Several families out there by sunset but there was a beauty that kept everyone hushed and reverent. An amazing place.

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Randy Bergfield
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Hiked this trail on recommendation from others specifically to view a great Grand Canyon sunset. We were not disappointed. Short 1.1 mile hike on a dirt road to Shoshone Point gets you the best overall view of the canyon that I’ve seen from ANY vantage point. This easy hike with a fantastic view was a perfect ending to the day.

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Mike Sylvester
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This is easily the best "bang-for-your-buck" hike in the Grand Canyon. If you hustle, you can make it from the trail head to the outlook point in 15 minutes. The trail is wide and flat, and easy to navigate. We were running a bit late to see sunset but were able to make it in time given the easy trail conditions. The views are absolutely stunning and I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the GCNP, whether you are there for a day or a week. You get a 270º view of the canyon and it is extremely private. We only ran into 3 other people, and it was a tranquil visit. Highly recommend!

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Jen Guarino
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Fantastic hike for sunset. Easy to find and we had the entire place to ourselves.

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Suzanne Craig
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Fantastic little trail! Leads you out to the most fantastic view of the Grand Canyon.

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Tony Eichers
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We hiked in the AM, only vehicle in the dirt lot, easy trail through the woods, some mud, not bad. Lots of elk evidence, the point is amazing, highly recommend.

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Carolyn Shinsato
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Gorgeous views of the Grand Canyon that are infinitely less crowded than the drive and park or shuttle viewpoints. Easily marked dirt path to follow with level ground throughout until you get to the rock point itself. Was here late February/early March and there was still snow on the ground which made parts of the path wet and muddy. Plenty of shade and what made this trail even more unique was getting to view (from a safe distance) a herd of elk passing through.

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Phil W
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Not really a secret anymore. Lonely planet and AllTrails have blown this little trail up. However if you get in early you’ll have it pretty much to yourself. Beautiful views as everyone has written.

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Melissa Grant
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Absolutely amazing hidden gem. Few people, phenomenal views, and even picnic tables and a bathroom! Highly recommend.

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Bella Heffernan
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Amazing. So worth it!

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Jessica Mc Lean
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We took this trail for the sunset! Short and simple, ~1 mile each way. It was snowy but hiking boots were all we really needed here. No elevation gain here. The end was a wonderful ~270 degree view of the canyon. Totally recommend if you’re just looking for a short hike with a great view for sunset!

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Nick Messina
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Bec Benoit
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Charles Beers
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A beautiful, peaceful walk through the woods to the canyon edge... and then an unparalleled view. I highly recommend.

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Duncan M.
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I hesitate to even write this raving review because I dont want this to become a well known spot. All the other reviews are not exaggerating, it is the best view in the park. We hiked quite a few of the main trails while we were there, South Kaibab, Bright Angel....this was the best view and it's not even close. So amazing. The beginning is just a forest trail, the end is awe inspiring. There is no good spot to get off on the buses to get there. You will have to hop in your car and drive to it. Unmarked parking lot, unmarked trail. Fantastic and worth every step.

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Priya Parikh
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By far one of the most beautiful short sunset hikes I’ve ever been on. Definitely one of south rim’s best kept secrets! Adorable place to set up a picnic, light traffic, gorgeous views on views on VIEWSSSS

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Lucas Gonzaga
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Best sunset panorama from the park. Not crowded at all and within an easy and short hike (30min). Bring a headlamp for the return!

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