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Clear Creek (from the Colorado River)

Clear creek
Clear creek
Clear creek
Clear creek
Hikers in Clear Creek
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How to Get There
This hike is accessed from a river rafting trip on the Colorado River. This canyon is located at river mile 84.5 on river right.
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

1.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.4 miles round trip (to the waterfall and back)
2.00 [Hours]
It took us about 2.0 hours total.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
200 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 200 ft climbing up and over a ridge to get into the canyon. Once in the canyon, the hike is flat.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • September
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Season Details
Spring, Summer, Fall.
Date Hike completed
October 01, 2007


Solitude Details
This is a popular hike for river parties, expect to share it with another group.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: This is a classic Grand Canyon hike, not to be missed.


Be Aware of
Route finding, scrambling

Hike along Clear creek in Grand Canyon National park, Arizona.

There are two Clear Creek hikes in the Grand Canyon. This is a short hike up to a lovely waterfall accessed from the Colorado river. To reach the start of the hike, you'll need to park your boats at a small beach on the right. This beach is after 83 mile rapid and just before the river turns north east. If you miss this point, there is another beach after the mouth of Clear Creek, also on river right. We accessed the hike from the first beach, so this write up will reflect this. 

Since the mouth of Clear Creek is impossible for boats to access (unless in a kayak), we have to park at a beach and climb over the schist rock and back down into Clear Creek. The route into Clear creek can be tricky to find, so use those route finding skills and look for the evidence of the NPS efforts at trail making. You will go up and down over a few ridges during this section that will require some scrambling. Eventually, you will see a good trail heading down into clear creek. Once at the bottom of the creek, simply head upstream. You will be walking on cobblestones and soon progress will only be made by walking up the creek, so don't bother trying to keep your feet dry. The narrows make this a very scenic canyon, so enjoy the walk. After about 0.7 miles of walking, you are rewarded with a nice waterfall.

After taking a few pictures (and perhaps a bath!) return the way you came.


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