Escalante Route

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11.2 mi
5 hrs 20 min
1,345 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate one way trail in Grand Canyon National Park. This is a great route for avoiding the crowds on the Corridor trails closer to the visitor center.
The views here are breathtaking and they change around every corner.

Before descending into the beautiful 75-mile slot canyon, the trail follows along the edge of the canyon's cliff walls. For most of this stretch, the trail is wide and flat. There are two places in particular, though, where the trail is no more than a foot wide and you are required to step right on the edge of the cliff. While it's not a difficult step to make, the obviousness of the risks are unnerving.

Be aware of the climb up the Papago Wall after passing Papago Creek. This is a class three wall. Though no climbing gear is required, it can be pretty nerve wracking to climb with a heavy pack.

Getting Started

There is no trailhead for the Escalante Route. Access is from the Tanner Trail on the east side and the Tonto Trail on the west side.

Taking Children

This trail is not recommended for children. Aside from being difficult to access and impossible to get quick help in an emergency, there are several places where the trail walks right along sheer cliffs ranging from 70 to 200 feet.

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    4 years, 12 months ago
    I hiked this route during the first week in November. The weather was perfect (highs in the high 60s) and I saw only one other person on the entire route.
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