South Rim Views
This is an easy hike that wanders along the rim of the Grand Canyon South-Rim. This has just been recently paved and makes a good trail for anyone even the handicapped can use this trail. It is wheelchair accessible. There is also less people traffic than on most of the trails along the rim of the canyon. The best place to park is at the Pipe Creek overlook which a stop for the shuttle busses on the Kaibab Trail shuttle. It is the first overlook on the East Drive of the canyon. There are three parking places along the road that you can park at. The trail starts to the East of the parking areas and the shuttle drop off. It is easy to find and takes you along the rim of the canyon to Mather Point which is about 1.5 miles along the trail and is one of the busiest points at the canyon.
The trail goes thru an area where a fire has burned so it is a little bit open in that area. There are many unfenced overlooks so be careful in approaching the rim. There is all kinds of wildlife from Western bluebirds and lizards and there are deer too along the trail. Once to the Mather point (you will be able to tell because the amount of people will increase including the tour groups but they tend to stay close to the point itself and don't wander too far down the trail) you can turn around and go back to the start or hike along some more of the Rim trail. It goes all the way to Bright Angel Lodge. At Mather point it is just a short hike to the Visitor center with restrooms and drinking fountains if more water is needed or you can catch the shuttles to the rest of the canyon. It is an easy hike on back to the parking area the way you came.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.