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Before my most recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I had been there twice and both times I was underwhelmed. Or maybe overwhelmed because I cannot fathom the size of the canyon.
And I still can’t fathom the size of the Grand Canyon but the view at the end of the Shoshone Point Trail really, really impressed me.
Maybe it was because it was so much quieter or because there was only one other person there for a bit, then just us. Maybe it was because I finally hiked in the park. I’m not entirely sure but I liked it. A lot.
It’s still not even in my top five parks, but it made me appreciate the park a lot more. While we were there, I learned that the picnic area at the end of the Shoshone Point Trail is the only place in the park you can reserve for weddings!
And what a view for that! That’s why they don’t really advertise the hike. I’m not sure if you can still hike this if an event is going on but if you can and there is, please be respectful of them.
This was the last stop on my little road trip with my parents (but not the last of the posts, they’re just out of order) before getting back to Page.
I knew I wanted to hike in the Grand Canyon and I also knew I didn’t want to hike into the canyon this time. And by I, I mean we. I got the Shoshone Point Trail recommendation and decided that was the one.
We did this as a loop day trip from Flagstaff and went in on the east side by the Desert Watchtower and out through the Grand Canyon Village and back through Williams. It would also make a great hike on a day trip from Page.
We stopped at all the overlooks on our way in and I bonded with a raven (I love them so much). Then we finally made it to the Shoshone Point Trail and got walking.
It’s just a dirt parking area and the trail is an old road. Just head down the road until the end. It’s pretty easy and it’s nice and shady.
It’s hard to imagine you’ll get to a view from here since you’re just walking through the woods but you do and it’s so worth it! And the woods are nice and open, not super dense, which I like.
At the end there is a little loop on the trail and you can go either way to get to the picnic area and view. There’s even a bathroom at the end here.
The little path to the best view is kind of between the picnic tables and bathroom. It’s pretty easy to see. Just follow that out to the point and enjoy the view!
This last little section feels a little sketchy and you may not like it if you really hate heights but it’s not entirely exposed. It’s no Angels Landing.
Just take your time and watch your footing as you make your way over this rocky part. Also just watch your footing at the end point and if you have kids, really keep an eye on them.
We probably spent ten or fifteen minutes at the viewpoint and I just couldn’t even grasp what I was looking at! The pictures really don’t do it justice. Like Black Canyon of the Gunnison, it looks like paintings in pictures. It’s just one of those place you have to see in person.
If you’re looking for an easy hike in the Grand Canyon that’s on the rim (doesn’t go below the rim), the Shoshone Point Trail is perfect for you!
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- Planning a big national park trip? Check out these other posts: National Park bucket list, Make the most of a National Park trip, National Park camping packing list, My favorite National Park hikes, More National Park hikes I love, Underrated National Parks.
Where is the Shoshone Point trailhead?
The Shoshone Point trailhead is about 5.5 miles from the Grand Canyon Village and about 19 from the Desert View Watchtower.
It’s not a marked parking area, just a dirt parking lot on the left (from the village) or right from the watchtower. It’s just 1.6 miles closer to the village from Duck on A Rock viewpoint.
If you put Shoshone Point Trail into Google Maps, it should take you right there, just keep and eye out for it once you get closer.
How long is the Shoshone Point hike in the Grand Canyon?
The Shoshone Point Trail in the Grand Canyon is just 2.1 mile round-trip with only 154 feet of elevation gain. You should be able to do this in two hours or less.
Is the Shoshone Point trail hard?
Nope! The trail is an old road so it’s pretty well maintained and it’s pretty flat. To get to the best view, you do have to walk on a sort of narrow ledge with rock on one side and some tree/rock but mostly drop on the other.
If you’re really afraid of heights, you may not like that part but you can still get great views before that part. It’s not terrible but it’s not totally exposed, just use caution on that part.
Is the Shoshone Point trail worth it?
Yes! The effort to view payoff ratio is extremely good and if you want to hike in the Grand Canyon but want to stay on the rim, this is the perfect option.
We only saw a couple of other people on the trail and there is even a picnic area with grills at the end so you can have lunch here too!
Grand Canyon South Rim tours
- Helicopter and optional hummer tour
- Grand Canyon flight, Antelope Canyon, Colorado River float
- Scenic flight
- Grand Canyon Railway from Williams
- Hummer tour
- Grand Canyon tandem skydive
Have you hiked the Shoshone Point Trail? What did you think of it? What is your favorite view in the Grand Canyon?