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Plateau Point is stunning. You will not regret this trek.

hiking
21 hours ago

This is a very beautiful hike. Detailed review with some pictures to follow.

tough hike, but beautiful. start early!

trail running
2 days ago

I've done this hike/run several times. It's always fantastic. Definitely just a hike for most, as it's no joke in terrain and elevation increases, but you can jog occasionally. There's a perfect N/S road on the south side of the trail that's a perfect 4 mile marker that you can see off in the distance as well.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great trail to spend two days and a night on. Well marked for the first 3.5 miles, after that it get a little tricky.

Really great views along the way and a beautiful place to set up camp right on the rim!

From the Carney Springs parking lot, head out down the wide flat pathway that leads right to the base of the mountains. Pass through the wilderness boundary (.6 miles) and stick to the right at your first junction. The trail will try to pull you to the left in which you will end up at the Wave Cave. It's very easy to get off-trail here past here. You will want to be headed as though you are bee lining for the wash to the right. The trail loosely follows parallel to the wash as it climbs.
Once you start climbing, you don't stop! In fact, it gets steeper as you go! Around 1.5 miles you will reach a false summit, but don't be disheartened as it offers a welcome breaking point and majestic views of what you just climbed. From here you can see the trail ahead - almost a white line that looks like you will need a ladder to scale it! Go get it! It's only about .3 miles to the next saddle, but you will be working for it. Snap a photo with the famous "Carney TH 1.8 mi" sign and take a moment to plan the next stage of your adventure.
This is the part of the journey where you will have to start paying special attention to the cairns as the trail winds, drops, turns, climbs and crosses a wash (2.5 miles). You will be humping up and over a couple hills until you reach a junction with the 3 Sisters Trail at 3.5 miles. From here you will go left and head up to the top of the ridge that you were just on the side of. It's one mile from here and you will reach the Three Sisters peak with awesome views in all directions.
Its a long and grueling hike but getting to the top makes it worth it.

backpacking
3 days ago

Really crowded hike. You won't have much seclusion on this popular hike in the South Rim. Though it is centrally located in the park so it makes sense. It has good views though not the most stunning in the park. It makes for a good workout and training if you're looking to backpack long distances. Be good to your knees and bring trekking poles!

Really steep in places but I loved the trail! I would do it again. Just make sure that one of the group members knows how to backpack and you should be fine!

Went with my sister! We are both active in our young 20's! Excellent trail! Went 4 miles out, and back. Made it in 3 hours. Was busy for the first 1.5 miles but then it calmed down and was quiet.

It was my first time at the Grand Canyon. I had the best adventure ever! Incredible group of people! Great weather! Amazing hiking! I will do it again. The Canyon is a magic place where in same way you would find yourself and you would be proud of something bigger than you. At night...the stars will reveal, and the silence of the Canyon will tell you the secrets of it magic.

hiking
9 days ago

Went in doing a day hike. Did 5 miles in. Definitely will go back. The views were beautiful. Bring enough water. The uphill and downhill on the rocks can be a little tricky. So worth it!

Beautiful way to see more of the canyon. It took us about 3 hours and the way back was fairly steep but manageable. Next time we'll go farther in but this trail is a great way to get a feel for the area.