Hike the Shoshone Point Trail
|In This Guide|
|Distance||2.2 miles (3.5 km)|
|Hike Time||1-2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||130 feet (40m)|
|Highest Elevation||7,300 feet (2225m)|
|Fees & Permits||National Park Entry Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Grand Canyon National Park|
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Hidden just a mile off the South Rim road, this easy hike to Shoshone Point is worth your while. The Shoshone Point Trail is a beautiful walk through a Ponderosa Pine forest to a serene picnic spot, and then to a hidden rock formation and Shoshone Point. If you want to get away from the crowds of tourists stopping at the roadside attractions, this short hike is for you.
Shoshone is pronounced “show-show-knee.”
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How to Get to Shoshone Point
The Shoshone Point Trailhead parking lot is unmarked on the side of the road, just an 8-minute drive from the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center. If you’re coming from the Visitor’s Center, the parking lot is the first lot on your left after Yaki Point Road, about 2 minutes or 1.2 miles.
Use this trailhead address:
Shoshone Point Trailhead, Desert View Dr, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Gear for the Hike
This is more of an easy walk than a hike, and you can get away with everyday clothing here. If you do have fitness or hiking clothes, it will make the hike more pleasant. There is no water at the trailhead or at Shoshone Point, so bring 1L with you on the hike.
Weather can be extreme at the Grand Canyon. If there is snow and ice, don’t hike all the way out to Shoshone Point. There are no guardrails at Shoshone Point, so stay off the ledges when there’s ice.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
Reviews & Lowest Prices: Women – Men
I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
Reviews & Colors Here: Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women)
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).
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Shoshone Point is named after a tribe of Shoshone dialect-speaking Native Americans who would allegedly “offer their dead to the canyon” from the point.
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Turn By Turn Directions
From here, you just hike back out the way you came in.
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