One of the most thrilling adventures you can have in the Grand Canyon without getting in a raft is hiking the aptly named Grandview Trail. It’s steep right from the start, exposed, and parts of the trail are crumbling. Sounds great, right?! The trail also offers one of the best perspectives of the park in either 2 or 6 miles (round-trip). If you just have an hour or two, make your way down to Coconino Saddle for a 2-mile round-tripper that’s totally satisfying. You’ll still have to conquer the no-nonsense descent from the trailhead, but it’s not as narrow and exposed as the points beyond. Coconino Saddle is an absolutely stunning overlook—the type of place where you’ll want to picnic and lollygag and get giddy looking at the scenery. Views of the inner gorge are standout.
Those looking for a longer, adrenaline-oriented hike can go all the way along the narrow and exposed trail to Horseshoe Mesa, featuring glimpses into mining times past. Cabins and remnants of machinery mark the rich history here. Mules roamed these routes at one time, too. Speaking of which, the hike back out might have you wishing that the trusted Grand Canyon Long-Eared Taxi (aka, mule) still worked these parts. Good luck!
There is no water on this hike. It’s inadvisable to attempt the longer version during the summer months, though if you go really early or later in the day and you’re a strong hiker carrying plenty of water, it’s doable; use good judgment and turn around if in doubt. Or, simply shorten the whole thing and keep it to a 2-mile (round-trip) journey to Coconino Saddle. It’s a grand view on its own!