Great views but you pay the price. This steep, unmaintained trail without shade or water can knock you flat in the summer when temps exceed 100 F. For day hikes, the trail drops 1,165 feet in 1 mile to the Coconino Saddle. The trail to Horseshoe Mesa, built by copper miners in 1892 to reach mines on the Mesa, descends 2,600-ft. in 3 miles. The Tonto Trail Junction is 6.8 miles and the river 13 miles and a 4,800 feet descent. Hiking the trail is not advised in the summer. Take these warnings seriously. Over 250 people require emergency rescue each year. The trailhead begins at Grandview Viewpoint on Desert View Drive. Download a PDF of the trail map.
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