Grandstaff Trail

9 reviews #1 hike out of 15 in
4.2 mi
Distance
1 hrs 51 min
Time
terrain
459 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a easy out and back trail to View of Morning Glory Bridge in Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area.

With tall vegetation and many stream crossings, this hike provides relief from the brutal heat of summer. There are often large rocks in the water you can use to keep your feet dry; these are likely washed away after heavy rains. Certain areas of the trail are marked with small brown arrows or wooden signs; please follow them despite nearby misleading social trails. Poison ivy is found on nearly every section of the trail, with a plethora at the terminus. A natural spring runs under Morning Glory Natural Bridge.

Please stay on trail. Fragile cryptobiotic soil is found in this part of the desert. Walking off trail destroys it and harms the delicate ecosystem.

Please refrain from scratching anything into the rock. Vandalism of public lands and natural resources is illegal under federal law, and the potential penalties for someone who is convicted of class A misdemeanor vandalism include a fine of up to $100,000, or up to one year in jail.

Solid waste does not decompose in the desert. Please pack out your dog's waste and use wagbags (available at any gear store in town) for human waste. Pit toilets can be found at the trailhead.

Leashed dogs are welcome and waste bags are provided at the trailhead.

Getting Started

Follow Highway 128 (aka River Road) about 6 miles from its junction with US 191 (aka Main Street) until you reach Grandstaff Trailhead on the right. If parking is full, park in the dirt lot downriver and across the road.
A pit toilet and dog waste bags are provided at the trailhead.

Taking Children

Children can play in the slowly flowing water and pools at many locations along the trail. There are a couple of mild scrambles and high steps that most adventurous young ones will conquer with ease. 8/10



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    1 year, 1 month ago
    This beautiful walk is partially shaded by canyon walls and valley trees. Of course walking near the stream water increases air exchange, and seems to lower the heat index.
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Jeff Rocchio 1 month ago
Grandstaff trail to Morning Glory bridge
A pretty gentle hike, mostly along a stream, to a large natural bridge. This hike is a bit different than most in the area as the stream supports good flora growth, so you are generally in the shade of trees and shrubs. Careful tho - there is a fair bit of poison ivy along this trail.
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