Grand View Point at Island in the Sky - Canyonlands NP, UT

Date: 6/26/2012

Miles: 2

Trailhead: Google Maps

Elevation Change: 80'

Trail map from Trailstrekker
Trail map from Trailstrekker

The Grand View Point Overlook parking lot is easy to reach by car, and there were plenty of other hikers at this very popular overlook. It's a very easy but scenic trail - Clark and I actually hiked it all in flip flops. If you only have time for one short hike at Island in the Sky, I would recommend this one!

As we left the car, we hiked quickly to try to reach the end of the mesa by sunset. The entire time the view looking out across the canyon were spectacular. The cairns were easy to follow on the smooth rock.

Amazing view of the Canyon
Amazing view of the Canyon
Grandview trail
Grandview trail
Grandview Trail
Grandview Trail
Thunder/rain clouds
Thunder/rain clouds
View of the White Rim Trail
View of the White Rim Trail
The trail is easy and flat, we hiked it in flip flops
The trail is easy and flat, we hiked it in flip flops

When the trai ended, we decided to continue further and climb up some rocks. Be careful, since this pile of rocks does sit on the edge of a cliff!

Having some fun with the sun
Having some fun with the sun
Beautiful sunset
Beautiful sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Clark at dusk
Clark at dusk

From atop the mesa, we could easily see the white rim trail and other 4WD trails. The white rim trail is definitely on our to do list, and it would be a refreshing change to bikepack instead of backpack!

Other useful sites:

Hikespeak

Gjhikes

Trails Trekker