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Grandview TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.00 Miles 4,118 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   2.21 mph
4,118 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
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With the forecast being for temperatures in the 80's in the VOS, I decided to head up to the Grand Canyon for a couple of days of hiking.

We did the Grandview-Horseshoe Mesa Loop by first taking the Grandview Trail to the south end of Horseshoe Mesa. Then we did a CW loop by continuing on the Grandview Trail down to the Tonto Trail. Then we took the Tonto Trail east to the Page Spring Trail, which we took back up to Horseshoe Mesa. Then we took the Grandview Trail back to the TH.

There was some snow and ice on some of the upper sections of the Grandview Trail, and it would be unwise to descend without microspikes. The views are great all the way down to Horseshoe Mesa.

We hung out around the old miners kitchen for a while before descending down to the Tonto Trail. On the way, we made a short detour to an overlook on the west arm of Horseshoe Mesa. The views are nice at the overlook and I am glad that we took the time to stop there.

The trail down to the Tonto Trail is a bit slippery, and I took it kind of slow. I like this section of the Tonto Trail, especially when going on the east side of Horseshoe Mesa where a crazy deep canyon is off to the east of the trail.

The ascent back up Horseshoe Mesa is a tough climb, as the trail is a bit on the primitive side. On the way I stopped to look at some old mining stuff, and we went a short distance in the Last Chance Mine adit.

We did not see any other hikers all day, although we met a few backpackers heading down as we were going back up the Grandview Trail.

This hike is a winner in my book, and it is a great alternative to the popular corridor trails.

After the hike, I drove to the Grandview Lookout Tower to check it out. While there I walked a short section on the Coconino Rim Trail (AZT #36). This trail looks like it would be good one to a more extended hike on.
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