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Shoshone Point

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 4.5 (15)

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


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

7,297' 2,224 m

High

7,200' 2,195 m

Low

99' 30 m

Up

88' 27 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Heather Cox

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 15 votes

#4

in South Rim

#262

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  4.5 from 15 votes
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#4

in South Rim

#17

in Arizona

#262

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Photos

Shoshone Point, Grand Canyon
Oct 8, 2019 near Grand C…, AZ
Tombstone rock on Shoshone Point with inversion cloud layer in the canyon
Jun 23, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Shoshone Point views (NPS photo by Michael Quinn)
Jun 23, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Shoshine Point snow coming in.
Mar 15, 2020 near Grand C…, AZ
Shoshone Point views
Jun 23, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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May 22, 2022
Ryan Brennan
May 5, 2022
Annie Jones
Actually just west of 145. Amazing views at the end 2mi — 1h 00m
Feb 26, 2022
Tina Viosca
Nov 21, 2021
Becky Schleicher
2mi
Aug 30, 2021
Hank Bush
Loved the trail. Highlight of the Grand Canyon experience. Just don't slip at the end. Beautiful
Jul 4, 2021
Private User
Jul 1, 2021
Rene Watson
Mar 18, 2021
Austin Forte
Muddy but really easy and totally worthwhile. 2mi — 1h 00m