Four Grand Day Hikes at the South Rim

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Date: April 3-6, 2019 (4 days/3 nights)

Trip Leaders: Helen Ranney and Lisa Kearsley

Cost: $1,275 Member/$1,375 Non-Member
Cost Includes: Transportation, lunches, 3 nights lodging, guides and permits

Difficulty: Strenuous: all trip participants must be able to hike on dirt trails that are often steep and rocky. Hiking poles are strongly encouraged.

*The physical demands of hiking Grand Canyon are in stark contrast to those found in mountain climbing or hiking on relatively flat terrain. Elevation loss and gain on some of the hikes into the canyon is 2,000 feet.

Details & Itinerary:

Description of Hikes:

South Kaibab Trail hike

Often referred to as a “Corridor Trail” this popular hike follows a ridge thus affording spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. From starting in a side canyon, the trail opens up at “Ooh-Ah-Point” and continues to Skeleton Point. A total of 6 miles round trip with a 2000 foot descent, this hike has a variety of wide open canyon views.

Hermit Trail hike

This steep, rocky, west-facing trail built in 1911 abounds in prehistoric, pioneer, and entrepreneurial history. As it enters the Coconino Sandstone layer, many brick-shaped rock slabs from the trail’s construction are still intact and fossilized lizard tracks are visible. The trail descends into Waldron Basin and then continues to Santa Maria Spring. The round trip hike is 4.5 miles with a 1600 foot descent.

Palisades of the Desert hike

Beginning near the Desert View Watchtower on a seldom used dirt road, the first 2 miles are filled with expansive views of the Painted Desert, the Desert Watchtower and eastern portions of the Grand Canyon. Continuing cross country to Palisades of the Desert we will have lunch and take in the beauty of the North Rim’s Walhalla Plateau and several miles of the Colorado River. This 6 mile roundtrip hike is in a remote area where few to no other hikers will be seen, thus providing a more tranquil, solitary canyon experience.


*exact days of each hike could change depending on current weather conditions.

April 3 – Shoshone Point, Grandeur Point and Yavapai Geology Museum

9:00 am – meet at MNA Research Center parking lot, depart for South Rim

11:30 – 3:00 pm – Hike to Shoshone Point, enjoy lunch and the amazing views.

Orientation for day hikes will happen here.

3:30 – 5:00 pm – Travel to Yavapai Geology Museum, walk on Trail of Time, walk to Grandeur

Point to see Bright Angel Trail

No host dinner – location to be determined, overnight in Tusayan

April 4 – South Kaibab Trail and Grand Canyon Visitor Center (GCVC)

6:30 – 7:30 am – breakfast (on your own)

7:30 – 8:30 am – Drive to the GCVC to pick up shuttle to South Kaibab Trail

8:30 am – 2:00 pm – Hike to Skeleton Point (6 miles round trip) with lunch on the trail.

3:00 – 4:00 – Spend time at the GCVC, see the National Park Service film about Grand Canyon, have coffee at the “Bright Angel Bicycles and Café” and visit the Grand Canyon Association’s Park Store.

Dinner on your own, overnight in Tusayan

April 5 – Hermit Trail to Waldron Basin and Santa Maria Spring

6:30 – 7:30 am – breakfast (on your own)

7:30 am – 1:00 pm – Leave for Hermit Trailhead, hike to Santa Maria Spring (4.5 miles roundtrip)

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Lunch along the rim overlooking Hermit Canyon, drive West Rim

3:00 – 4:30 – Visit Grand Canyon’s Museum Collection

No host dinner – location to be determined, overnight in Tusayan

April 6 – Palisades of the Desert Hike

6:30 – 7:30 am – breakfast (on your own)

7:30 – 3:00 pm – Drive to Desert View, hike to the Palisades of the Desert (6 miles roundtrip). Lunch on the trail, visit Desert View Watchtower

3:15 – 5:30 pm – Drive back to Museum of Northern Arizona via East entrance

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