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    Grandview Trail Loop

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    Very Hard
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    20.1 km
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    1,200 m
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    The Grandview Trail Loop is a challenging 20.1 km loop hike off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This trail heads out to Horseshoe Mesa along a ridge, circles the mesa, and returns. The views are sublime and the trail won’t be as crowded as Bright Angel or South Kaibab. That being said, you should prepare for a very strenuous climb with limited access to water and some exposed sections. While this trail can be done in a long day, booking a night at Horseshoe Mesa Camp to break it up is recommended.

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    Route Description for Grandview Trail Loop

    The Grandview Trail Loop is an epic adventure with wide-open views of Sinking Ship, Coronado Butte, Krishna Shrine, Wotans Throne, and much more. Taking place in a bit of a lesser-visited part of the South Rim, this route provides the chance to test your hiking chops Grand Canyon style without needing to contend with as many fellow hikers as Bright Angel or South Kaibab require.

    This is a long, strenuous hike. There is only one spring to refill your water at and you’ll be out in the sun nearly the whole way. Lots of water, salty and sweet food, good boots, and poles are essential. While very fit hikers can complete this hike in a day (start early to avoid the heat), we recommend booking a night at Horseshoe Mesa to break it up.

    The route heads out from Grandview Point along the Coconino Saddle towards Horseshoe Mesa. This saddle is very exposed with steep dropoffs. Where the trail splits, most choose to go clockwise, keeping left. Keep right at the junction with Tonto Trail and again at Hance Creek. An intense climb leads you back to the main trail to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Grandview Trail Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Grandview Trail Loop is on South Rim Drive on the Grandview Point access road.

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    • Backcountry Campground

      Horseshoe Mesa Camp

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