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Spencer Trail to The Steps, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 5.16 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,136 feet
Elevation Gain 1,537 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.28
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  7:28am - 5:10pm
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Spencer Trail to The Steps is a 5.16 mile one way hike with 1,537 feet elevation gain. Located 64 miles north-northeast of Grand Canyon Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

Overview: Widely regarded as the toughest trail in Glen Canyon Recreation Area, The Steps trail descends from the rim down to the Colorado River across from Lee's Ferry. This route involves serious route-finding across broken terrain and sand hills. This trail is extremely strenuous and exposed, and should only be attempted by very experienced hikers. The Steps has some very serious (~1200') exposure. The Park Service does not promote or even acknowledge the existence of this route.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$

    Glen Canyon Recreation Area National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $25

    Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Flagstaff, drive north on 89A across the Marble Canyon Bridge to the Lee's Ferry turn to the right. Drive to the end of the road and park near Lee's Historic Fort. Directions to the Trail: Follow 89A north to Lee's Ferry Road just after crossing the Marble Canyon Bridge. Drive to the end of the road parking lot near Lee's historic fort and the Grand Canyon Float launching area. Follow signs to the trailhead at the base of Echo Cliffs.
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