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Tanner to Grandview

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Tanner to Grandview

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The Grand Canyon Tanner to Grandview backpacking trip offers amazing scenery along every mile of the trip, accompanied by riverside camping for 3 consecutive nights. Tanner Trail is a natural rim to river trail that was used by native tribes of the Grand Canyon for several thousand years. This unmaintained trail was known as the infamous Horse Thief Route, as well as one of the most difficult hikes in the park, and is perfect for the experienced hiker or backpacker looking for primitive adventure. 

The Tanner and Grandview trails present the Grand Canyon explorer with a variety of challenges - seclusion, narrower trails, a short 35 ft hand climb, a fun, heart-thumping scree slope to hike down, but lots of fun!.  Unlike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, the Tanner and Grandview trails see very little foot traffic, making your Grand Canyon backpacking experience much more private and secluded.  Did I mention that the scenery and views in this part of Grand Canyon are to die for? (OK, maybe not the right choice of words, but you get the idea).



This route was voted one of the best hikes ever by Backpacker Magazine in 2010 (click here for the article), a 5 or 6 day 33 mile hike down the Tanner Trail, along the narrow and faint Escalante Route for some fantastic views and finally hike out the Grandview Trail.  The best part of this route is you could spend 3 nights camping along the beaches of the Colorado River - I already said that but it is pretty darn awesome.  Few routes in Grand Canyon offer this unique opportunity (the ever-popular Rim to Rim and South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop trips do not offer such an opportunity).  This route is one of the most challenging in the canyon, but with some extra training, more sweat spilled and the will to do something way off the beaten path, the rewards are endless! 

*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability. The below itinerary is also available as a 5 day route.

Need some help planning your trip? With our outfitting services for your Grand Canyon backpacking trip, your experience will be more enjoyable as we will do the footwork for you.  Click here for more information about JRI's outfitting services.

Need more information about the trails? Click the below links for the official Tanner, Escalante Route and Grandview Trail descriptions from Grand Canyon National Park. These descriptions do not fully depict the actual itinerary, but are provided to give you an idea of the overall route and trails. For example, the section between Hance Rapids to Horseshoe Mesa is not depicted in these descriptions but is part of the route.
Tanner Trail
Escalante Route
Grandview Trail

 

Day 1

This hike starts at Lipan Point and will spend the next 7-8 hours hiking down to the Colorado River. This is one of the steepest trails on the South Rim, so there is potential for unplanned, additional trail time. The views are outstanding along the way. By the time you reach camp at the river, you will have covered 9 miles (14.5 km) and dropped 4,850 ft (1478 m)!

Day 2

On the second day of this route, you will make your way downstream along the Colorado River on the Escalante Route. The goal is to complete about 7 to 7.5 miles (11.3 to 12.1 km) this day and camp at the Colorado River for the second time by the Escalante Creek for the evening. The trail ascends about 1,000 feet (305 m) before dropping back down to river level at the campsite. 

Day 3

On this day you will complete the last of the Escalante Route. This will include some scrambling, followed by a descent down a steep rocky slope. After about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of hiking, you will reach the mouth of Red Canyon at the end of the New Hance Trail. This will be your campsite, right on the beach beside Hance Rapids. There is time in the afternoon to explore Red Canyon or just kick back and relax under the shade of the mesquite trees.

Day 4

Today, take the Tonto Trail westbound, away from the river towards Hance Creek. You will be camping in an intimate side canyon and also begin your climb out of the canyon today. The hike this day is 5.7 miles (9.2 km) with a 1,300 ft (396.4 m) gain in elevation. There is time in the afternoon to take a side hike down the Hance Creek drainage to see some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet- 1.6 billion years old!

Day 5

From Hance Creek, head up to Horseshoe Mesa, climbing over 1,000 ft (305 m) in the process. Once on the mesa, there will be time to explore the remains of the Last Chance Copper Mine and Cave of the Domes, as well as time to hike to the end of the Mesa for outrageous views of the inner canyon.

Day 6

Take in the “grand views” as you hike out of the canyon along Grandview Trail. The last section of the hike gains 2,600 ft (792.5 m) over 3 miles (4.8 km) and usually takes about 3 hours.


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Another excellent trip with JRI. (My third) This is a physically challenging hike. Be prepared. If you like to get away from the crowds this is for you. Couldn't have seen a dozen people total in the 5 days we were hiking. Words or pictures could not describe the beauty of this part of the Canyon. JRI gear...top notch. Our Guide, Colin, simply the best. Down to earth, knowledgeable, took time to learn the group and felt comfortable with his guiding skills. If you're going to do a trip like this do it with a guide. A way better experience. And I highly suggest JRI. They do a very nice job. Thanks for a wonderful experience can't wait for my next hike!

Gary Molz


11/10/17

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Spectular hike! I had to make sure I stopped my feet before I took in the ever changing scene. Colin was so knowledgable on the geology of the canyon, knew every plant, and set a pace that fit well with our group. Not a trip for a beginner hiker. Wonderfully challenging for me. Camping on the Colorado cannot be properly described from the rim.

Jeffrey Tews


11/06/17

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OK this was amazing trip. The beauty and scenery was amazing. We wanted a challenging trip and the mileage and heat measured up. The food was prepared and served to us nightly while we relaxed at one of the beautiful campsites. Our guide whipped up the greatest meals from his makeshift kitchen!! The howling wind at Horseshoe Mesa was interesting! We found out in the Canyon that the appropriate hiking shirt is COTTON--good to know before you leave home since we all brought synthetics...ha! The guide was expert, young, enthusiastic, we will ask for Kyle again!

Patricia C.


09/26/17

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I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.

Jim McConnell


10/10/14

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This is the second Just Roughin' It trek that I had the pleasure of completing. The first one, Rim To Rim, was a wonderful experience -- very well organized and led by an expert guide. This trip was even better! The trek, as difficult as it was, went without a problem. Our guide Gavin made sure each one of us had an awesome time. The meals were varied, tasty and nutritious. The equipment was good quality suitable for the trip. It was a very difficult trek but, hey, that's what we came for!

Gene Simring


10/10/14

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This is the second Just Roughin' It trek that I had the pleasure of completing. The first one, Rim To Rim, was a wonderful experience -- very well organized and led by an expert guide. This trip was even better! The trek, as difficult as it was, went without a problem. Our guide Gavin made sure each one of us had an awesome time. The meals were varied, tasty and nutritious. The equipment was good quality suitable

Gene S.


05/28/13

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I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.

Jim M.


05/10/13

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We had an amazing time. Gear was great, food was great, route was great. Our guide, Gavin, was awesome...Couldn't have been better. He really took care of us. He was always friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable. He really made the trip a wonderful experience.

We had a terrific experience with JRI from my first call with Debbie to the last step on the trail. I will recommend JRI to others.

I've been waiting to hike the Grand Canyon for a very long time. Thanks for making the experience so perfect.

You guys need a trip for Kilamongaro...That's next on my list.

Brian R.


11/21/12


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5 Day

$438

self guided

6 Day

$525

self guided

What's included?

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  • 65-75 liter multi-day backpack
  • 2 person ultralight backpacking tent (1 tent per 2 people)
  • Sleeping bag appropriate for the season you are hiking (20 F to 45 F synthetic bag)
  • Therm-A-Rest Z-lite backpacking mat
  • 1 pair trekking poles
  • 1 backpacking stove and fuel (1 stove per 2 people)
  • Backpacking meals (dinner and breakfast)
  • Trip planning and logistics assistance

*Please note - Just Roughin' It is not a guide service for Grand Canyon National Park.  Just Roughin' It is providing trip planning and outfitting service and will not be physically present during your hike. Hikers are required to know their fitness abilities and limitations on any backpacking route they choose to apply for directly from Grand Canyon National Park.  Hikers will be required to sign a waiver when picking up the outfitter package.

Travel Protection

Now’s the time to consider purchasing a travel protection plan to help protect your trip investment. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0152.

Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 W20

 


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"My favorite Grand Canyon hike - this month - is the Tanner to Grandview hike. Awesome views like none other in the canyon, 3 nights camping on the Colorado River, few people and the aboslute backpacking trip of a lifetime. There is a reason Backpacker mag voted it as one of the best backpacking trips ever! "
Ray
10 years experience
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