Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
10,398.00 ft (3,169.31 m)
Trail type
24.00 mi (38.62 km)
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The Escalante Route - East to West is a 24-mile point-to-point route located in the Grand Canyon. The Escalante Route is only accessible via trail, so this route uses two gateway trails to make that possible, the Tanner Trail on the east side and the New Hance Trail on the west. The route features expansive canyon views, interesting geology, and whitewater rapids (no whitewater navigation is required; only views). With its unique canyon scenery and remote location, this is an adventure with unparalleled views that is both fun and challenging.

Located east of the Escalante Route, the Tanner Trailhead descends from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River. Visitors will experience a variety of canyon environments and have the opportunity to travel through some areas of open canyon with expansive views, and other areas of more enclosed slot canyons. For 11 miles, the route runs parallel to the Colorado River along the Escalante Route. The route leaves the Colorado River at the junction with the New Hance Trail and offers views of Hance Rapids, a premier section of whitewater where you may see some rafters tackling the intense rapids. Continuing on the New Hance Trail, the journey ascends back up to the South Rim. 

The Escalante Route is recommended for experienced hikers. Cairns may be used to mark the way at times but it is also recommended that visitors familiarize themselves with the area and bring maps. 

This route requires a pre-arranged shuttle or two cars to get you from one end to the other.  There are free shuttles located within Grand Canyon National Park, however, they do not extend far enough east to reach New Hance or Tanner Trailheads. 

Overnight permits are required for backcountry camping in Grand Canyon National Park.
Permit costs: $10 plus an additional $8 per person, per night. 

Additional Information: 


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round



Expansive Views. Unique Canyon Hiking. Solitude.


Travel logistics and permits.

Trailhead Elevation

7,267.00 ft (2,214.98 m)

Highest point

7,319.00 ft (2,230.83 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day


Permit required


Permit self-issue on site



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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