The northern segments of trail pass through ponderosa pine and Gambel oak stands. Further south, the trail opens to pinyon-juniper, sage, and grassland vegetation. For several months of the year there may be no water sources along these segments. Russell Tank, the most likely supply, is a very important water source for wildlife and livestock. By law, camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile of stock tanks, trick tanks, ponds, or springs. All water sources should be considered unsafe for human use unless properly treated.
Trail Layout: Coconino Rim Segment-Grandview Lookout to crossing of FR 310, 9.1 miles. The trail heads east from the tower. The beginning of the trail has an interpretive loop that describes mistletoe and its effects on ponderosa pine forests. It winds through pine-oak woodland with little elevation change. 3.1 miles from the trailhead there is an excellent overlook of the Upper Basin, the Coconino Rim, and the Painted Desert. From here the trail winds closer to the Rim, offering more vistas to the north. A short, but steep series of switch backs begins 7.3 miles from Grandview LO. as the trail crosses a steep drainage. At 9.1 miles the trail meets FR 310. At this point, you are 6.8 miles from Grandview LO via FR 310.
Russell Wash Segment-FR 310 to Moqui Stage Station, 8.2 miles. This trail begins at FR 310, 6.8 miles southeast from Grandview LO. It heads south, gradually descending a drainage, 1.7 miles to Russell Tank. From the tank the trail winds south and east, eventually rejoining Russell Wash. It crosses FR 320 3.1 miles from Russell Tank, and continues south another 3.1 miles to FR 313. Here the trail ascends a small ridge, crosses under a power line, then descends to Moqui Stage Station.
Grand Canyon Stage Segment-Moqui Stage Station to the Kaibab NF-CO Bar Ranch boundary, 5 miles. From the Stage Station the trail heads southeast through pinyon-juniper and sage paralleling FR 301.
Directions: From Arizona Highway 64, Travel in Grand Canyon National Park From the South Entrance Station, drive north 4 miles to a right turn on AZ 64. Drive east on AZ 64 approximately 8.7 miles where you will see a left turn sign for Grandview Point. Continue driving east on AZ 64 for 2 miles. An Arizona Trail sign indicates a right turn onto a gravel road.Highway 64, Highway 180, FR 302, FR 301, and FR 311 are suitable for sedans. On the rest of the roads, a high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Elevation: 6,500 feet
Ending Elevation: 9,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Distance: 22.3 miles
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