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Whitmore Trail

Views from the Whitmore trail
Views from the Whitmore trail
Map: Whitmore Canyon trail
Elevation plot: Whitmore trail


How to Get There
This hike is accessed from a river rafting trip on the Colorado River. The Whitmore trail is located at river mile 188.6 on river right.
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

3.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.0 miles round trip (to the top and back)
2.00 [Hours]
It took us about 2.0 hours total (we were racing before the daylight faded, so you may move more slowly)
Elevation Change
2,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
1,000 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
1000 ft gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


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


Solitude Details
Excellent. We had this area all to ourselves.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: It was a really nice change of pace to hike up the canyon wall instead of into the canyon narrows. We really enjoyed this short, steep hike.


Permit Info
Special Access from a Commercial or Private river trip.
Be Aware of
Route finding

Hike the Whitmore trail in Grand Canyon national park, Arizona.

Ready for a change of pace? How about a hike that goes up the side of the Colorado River canyon instead of one that goes up one of it's narrow side canyons. The Whitmore trail has a long history, with the Bar 10 Ranch still offering assistance to river rafting companies today from this trail and their helicopter pad downstream. The ranch is 9 miles away from the rim wall, so you'll have the views at the top all to yourselves.

The tricky part is finding the trail. If you head straight back towards the wall from the beach, you'll see a well worn trail along the base of the canyon wall. Take this trail as it heads up over the tamarisk and back down to the river. Keep your eyes open here for some rock art on the open rock to your left. They are high on the wall, making them easy to miss. As the trail heads back down towards the water, keep an eye out on your left for the trail heading up the wall of the canyon. The trail is in excellent shape so you'll make good progress up the wall of the Grand Canyon.

Be sure to stop once in a while to enjoy the increasingly impressive views up canyon from the trail. Eventually, your climbing is rewarded with a Park Service boundary sign and views of the Grand Canyon as well as Whitmore canyon. If you explore around the top a bit, you can even see an old shack still used by the ranchers today.


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