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The Grandview Trail follows an abandoned mining road to Horseshoe Mesa from the south rim. Two sites on the mesa are suitable for camping.

Grandview Trail leads northward from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Horseshoe Mesa. The route is a three mile descent through the upper strata of the canyon along an abandoned mining road. There is no water available along the route and portions of the upper trail are very exposed. Use caution when hiking this route in icy conditions during winter.

Begin the Grandview Trail from Grandview Point Overlook via East Rim Drive. The track descends northward on a steady grade to begin. It soon turns eastward and climbs 400 feet over a narrow ridge. On the eastern side of this ridge the trail uses switchbacks to descend eastward one half mile then turns northward and descends to the head of Cottonwood Creek. The route follows the eastern wall of this canyon slightly more than one mile to a junction with the East Horseshoe Mesa Trail. Continue walking northward at this junction on to the mesa. The northernmost camping area lies approximately three-quarters of a mile from this junction.

From the mesa several hiking trails descend to the Tonto Platform. Campers can hike eastward along the East Horseshoe Mesa to reach Page Springs for water and gain access to the Tonto Trail. Two trails lead westward from the mesa to the Tonto Trail. The East Horseshoe Mesa Trail and Tonto Trail can be used to form a short loop hike that leads around the northern base of the mesa.

Directions: From East Entrance, Drive west on East Rim Drive to Grandview Point access road. Turn right and follow the access road to the trailhead.

Elevation: 7,400 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,480 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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