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Old Grandview Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.56 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,769 feet
Elevation Gain -1,250 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,288 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8
Interest Historic
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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10  2019-04-25 rsamartino
29  2019-03-16
Vishnu Temple
34  2019-03-16
Vishnu Temple
33  2017-09-28
Tonto Trail: Grandview Trail to South Kaibab
14  2016-03-25
Grandview and Old Grandview
30  2015-11-27 John9L
14  2015-11-27 clairebear
27  2014-10-12
Vishnu Creek
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Author toddak
author avatar Guides 8
Routes 7
Photos 1,233
Trips 467 map ( 7,440 miles )
Age 56 Male Gender
Location Puhoynix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:32am - 7:37pm
Official Route
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if you're bored on the Tonto
by toddak

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A few months ago while backpacking along the Tonto between Grapevine and Cottonwood Creeks, HAZ member chumley noticed a large cairn and what looked like a route down to the river, but he didn't have the time to follow it. A little research indicated that it was probably a section of the Old Grandview trail. Intrigued I had to check it out, and what looks improbable from the Tonto is indeed a short, fun and surprisingly easy-to-follow route to the river. It's a bit rough, but most of it is obvious and well-cairned.

From the big cairn on the Tonto, the route switchbacks down through the Tapeats and then trends east towards a small ridge. Cross over and continue down, with good views looking upriver. Be looking up and left for a short climb up a steep slope to a small notch. Drop into the steep chute on the other side, again watching up and left for another short climb up to a ridge. Drop down the other side of the ridge and continue down a large gully with good views looking downriver and a more or less straight shot to the river.

Once at the river there's a small sandbar and some cool river-polished boulders, but nowhere to camp. You can't wander very far upstream or downstream due to rocky cliffs at the water's edge, but it's still a cool place to hang out and watch the river flow by. When ready, return the way you came.

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2013-01-06 toddak
  • Grand Canyon Use Area Boundaries - Dynamic Map
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.

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Grand Canyon National Park
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Entrance Fee
Overnight/Backpacking Permits
Grand Canyon Use Areas Map
Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Grandview Trailhead
From Flagstaff head west on I-40 for 30.4 mi to SR-64. Turn right/north and follow SR-64 55 miles to the park. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance. From Grand Canyon Village drive about 9.8 miles east on the rim road to Grandview Point. Please use the upper parking lot for overnight parking.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 242 mi - about 3 hours 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 347 mi - about 5 hours 20 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 95.0 mi - about 1 hour 41 mins
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