New Hance Trail

Most Isolated - New Hance trail

 

For those seeking a more rugged, and therefore more secluded experience within the South Rim area trails, the New Hance trail offers both. Of our trips along this path, human contact has only occurred twice! This trail is definitely recommended for the more Canyon savvy; in fact, just finding the unmarked trailhead takes quite a bit of luck and effort! For much of this hike you will be using your hands, feet, elbows, heels, backside, heck maybe even your forehead! It offers no reliable water sources, scrambles over rugged unmaintained trail and features numerous boulders and step downs to tackle. If you are still not deterred you will be rewarded with the possibility of complete trail solitude, some amazing views of the Canyons’ vibrant show of color and if prepared and lucky, one of the nicest river rapid beach camps available to hikers.

The ruggedness of this trail shows itself not only in the textured terrain but in the name as well. Red Canyon, where most of the trail is located, experiences the elements and gravity more so than some other places on the south rim. In fact, the “Old” Hance trail was so continually bombarded by Mother Nature’s facelifts that its larger than life creator “Captain” John Hance had to develop the “New” Hance trail. Keep this in mind as you wind down through both the areas geologic and settlement history.


  • Getting there: Drive about 16 miles East on Desert View drive to the first pullout after the Bugglin picnic area. Walk East to a No Parking sign on the north side of the road where you will find an unmarked trail. Follow this path for about 10 minutes to the Trailhead.
  • The Hike: Trailhead to Red Canyon overlook = 2 miles one-way
    1. Trailhead to Colorado River = 6.5 miles one-way
  • Elevation loss/gain: Trailhead to Overlook = 2000 feet
    1. Trailhead to Colorado River: 4400 feet
  • Camping: Mid Canyon and at the river. Contact the Grand Canyon Backcountry office for permits http://1.usa.gov/8a4bf5
  • Water: BYOW (Bring Your Own Water) or purify at the Colorado River

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