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green Shoshone Point

Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 99' 30 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 7,297' 2,224 m
Low: 7,200' 2,195 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This uncrowded trail is a quick and easy excursion to a worthwhile viewpoint.

Megan W

Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail makes for a short out-and-back with stellar views. Just be careful of the kids on the steep stuff at the end!

Description

The Shoshone Point Trail starts at a gate and unsigned parking pullout just west of mile marker 246 on Desert View Drive. The quiet trail is a nearly level dirt road that gains only 100 feet over its mile length. Cross the plateau hiking through a wooded area covered with ponderosa pine. After a mile, emerge at the turn around a loop where there are benches, grills, mule hitching posts and pit toilets. The covered pavilion can be rented for events, but you don't need a permit just to visit the overlook.

The views of the eastern Grand Canyon area from the rim here are great, but thrill seekers press on to the very edge of Shoshone Point. Be careful with the loose rock and narrow ledges, a fall would be deadly. Check out the cool mushroom/headstone rock formation at the point. See if you can identify Hance Rapids, Desert View Tower, Vishnu Temple, Horseshoe Mesa and many other landmarks. Enjoy the solitude of this unpopulated gem, then retrace your steps back to the parking area. This is also a popular place to watch the sunset (bring a headlamp for the hike back).

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine, oak, pinyon, juniper. Condors, rabbits, squirrels, deer.

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Jun 29, 2019
Matthew Huck
Beautiful sunrise and sunset location. — 0h 18m
May 3, 2019
Steve Goss
Start Trailhead—Reached Dest.: 0730– Start—Return to Trailhead: 1mi
Apr 20, 2019
E M
Mar 19, 2019
Chris McCloud
Hiked in training for spring/summer position at GRCA 2019
Nov 11, 2018
Jamie Kowalczyk
Sep 20, 2018
T. Davis
Jul 20, 2018
Jodi K
May 6, 2018
Matt Hage
1h 00m

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 9 votes

#9

in South Rim

#4689

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#9

in South Rim

#120

in Arizona

#4,689

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