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Grandview TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
bkraay
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.68 mph
3,500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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This was my first hike into the Grand Canyon. Truth be told, I'm on the brink of turning 36 and despite living a combined 15 years in Arizona, I never visited the place until 2017--not sure why I never made the day trip, just never did... I've been desperately longing for a good hike for some time now. I mean one of those hikes that leaves an impression for any of a number of reasons--the views, the danger, the random wildlife, the weather conditions...the company. Something that I would just immediately add to the list of "the best of." This fit the bill. I'm used to hiking in solitude, by myself in remote areas when possible--and while there were very few faces to be found on the hike (I think we crossed paths with maybe 7 people total), three were with me. My wife has never done a hike bigger than Picacho, and my brother and his wife are discovering how great hiking can be.

So the four of us set off from Phoenix early on Saturday, with us scooping them up at 3:45 and making a direct drive up hoping to arrive for sunrise, which we did. After a visit to the watchtower after entering from the east, we braved for the brutally cold winds and readied our legs for the burn. After stopping at a couple of lookout points for some pictures, we arrived to Grandview Trailhead and set off just after 9am. This is among my favorite viewpoints at the South Room and it's fun to explore up at the top. But it was chillingly cold to the point we all set off in gloves and were layered up. Unbelievably, we would reach the mesa for lunch with most of the layers in our packs (hell, I was in a t-shirt). By the return to the top, it was windy as hell and freezing cold... and we were ready to blast past the village and make our way to Bedrock--or past Bedrock, back to Phoenix.

HEADS UP: When you read about switchbacks, it ain't kidding. I do not like switchbacks, and we laughed our way down through a mile or so of very steep switchbacks that this will be a mother on the way out. And they were. One step at a time, friends, one step at a time.

This trail is rated a 3.5, and perhaps that's a fair difficulty rating BUT I'm telling you, this was tougher than many 4-4.5 rated hikes I've enjoyed over the years. No poles used, and my brother and I each carried 50+lb packs, just to be over-prepared. We did see several mule deer up close (20 feet) down at the mesa, otherwise a few bluejays but little else in terms of wildlife. It was quiet, it was serene, it was a perfect hike for the day.
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