I spent over a year and a half living and working at the Grand Canyon. During that time I had the opportunity to go on a few different hiking and backpacking trips and was able to see the Grand Canyon from many different perspectives. If somebody was traveling to the Grand Canyon and wanted me to recommend just one easy Grand Canyon hike to them I would recommend Shoshone Point.
Shoshone Point is a Grand Canyon hike not known to very many people. Even many of the local Grand Canyon residents don’t know about this Grand Canyon hike. It is a secluded area that is accessible only by a one mile hike down a closed off dirt road. The hike itself there is very easy and not strenuous at all. It is all level ground. From this isolated perch you will be able to enjoy wide unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon.
Shoshone Point also has an outhouse, picnic tables, and if I remember right a firepit and barbecue. While I was there the outhouse was locked up, but they may open it up during the summer months. Visitors must be extremely cautious if they choose Shoshone Point for their Grand Canyon hike. This area does not have any guard rails so care must be taken while near the edge of the rim.
Getting to the starting point for this Grand Canyon hike is probably the hardest part about it. It’s on a little unmarked turn off right off of Desert View Drive. Here are the directions from the perspective of coming into the park off of 64. Keep going straight for a while until you come to Desert View Drive. Turn right onto this and keep going until you see the turnoff for Yaki Point. Hit your odometer and just a little after a mile you should see a dirt turn off on your left. Turn into this, park your car out of the way, and walk past the metal car gate. From here you just walk along the dirt road for about 20 minutes or so until you come to the end of it.
The first thing you will see is the picnic tables and outhouse. The point is ahead and to your left and offers unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon. This Grand Canyon hike is well worth it and chances are you will have the entire place to your self. Have fun and be safe!