This less traveled trail is a fantastic easy hike to gain some much-needed solitude from the crowds of Hermits Rest and Grand Canyon Village. A mostly flat route leads you out to a magnificent viewpoint that you will most likely be sharing with under a dozen people!
From Grand Canyon Village drive east along route 64, marked as going towards Desert View and Cameron. Notice after approximately 17.7km that you will pass the turnoff for Grandview Point. From here its all eyes up – looking to your left for a small dirt parking lot with a gated road at its end. This turnoff is less than 3.2km from that for Grandview.
|When to do|
Spring and Fall, avoid summer heat
Out and back
To begin the hike, start in the parking lot and walk around the locked gate. Though this entire hike is on a double track dirt road, the views are well worth it! You will continue along this rather dull, flat road for just over a mile.
Luckily, for those leaving late or wanting a lunch picnic, there are many trees along the trail that offer ample shade. As you near the end of the path you will notice a large buildup of picnic tables, shade giving awnings, fire pits, and even a toilet! This area can be rented out by the public, and is also used by the park for special functions. What a place to have a party!
From the end of the trail you will be granted amazing views down through the canyon. Continuing all the way out onto the point (obvious from the large picnicking area) will practically give you full 360-degree panoramic views! The point is truly a point, simply a white rock jutting out as bare as a diving board.
Here your next task will be to relax and take in the stunning scenery. Hopefully you brought a snack and a tasty beverage to help you unwind and admire.
This truly is the greatest picnic area in the park.
If there appears to be some sort of function going on (look for an especially full parking lot), steer clear!
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