Unlike other South Rim footpaths that pick their way down dark drainages, this aptly named route stays in the open, allowing constant canyon views. It's also narrow and steep--a stiff challenge coming back up. From the Grandview Point trailhead to a Colorado River overlook on Horseshoe Mesa, and back, you'll hike 8 miles. Go any season but high summer.
drive time: Flagstaff: 1 1/2 hours
guides:Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon, by Scott Thybony ($12). Trails Illustrated map Grand Canyon National Park #207 (800-962-1643; www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $10).
contact: Grand Canyon National Park, (928) 638-7888; www.nps.gov/grca