Steep and strenuous, with stretches of rocky drop-offs and precarious switchbacks, this challenging trail offers an excellent alternative for experienced hikers looking for quiet. Ice makes the upper sections treacherous in the winter, and anyone with a fear of heights should head elsewhere. The trail drops 1000ft in 1.1 miles from the rim to Coconino Saddle. Bring plenty of water.
Three miles and 2500ft below the rim is Horseshoe Mesa, with primitive camping (permit required) and pit toilets. Allow four to eight hours for a round-trip day hike.