October 14, 2017 | Tusayan, AZ
We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hike and trifecta. We have one club hikes plus a less-intense, three-part trifecta!
The trail to Skeleton Point is 3 miles long (6 round trip) along the South Kaibab Trail. There is parking near the trailhead, but you would be better off taking the park shuttle to the South Kaibab trail head. There are restrooms at Cedar Ridge (about half way to Skeleton Point) but there is no water along the trail. Please pack in plenty of hydration. Most of the path is sunny with little shade. This is a good early morning hike, just after the sun has come up and before the heat sets in. The first 1.5 miles to Cedar Ridge are fairly steep. After Cedar Ridge it levels off a little bit into a gradual decline to Skeleton Point. Be careful of loose footing and avoid standing near the edge.
PRIZE & REQUIREMENTS » Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club, get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:
For those looking for something less strenuous, we have the Grand Canyon Trifecta! The Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
OOH AAH POINT
The South Kaibab Trail is a very popular trail. You will take this trail if you are planning on hiking to Skeleton Point. Your first stop along the trail is Ooh Ahh Point. Ooh Ahh Point is a short hike that lets you get down below the rim and into the canyon a little bit. Once down you are treated to some pretty awesome panoramic views. There is nothing like experiencing the Grand Canyon by going down into it, even just a little ways. This is a great spot to catch a sunrise (though not required to complete the trifecta, extra high fives if you do). The hike is about 1.5 miles roundtrip, but remember hiking down is easy, but hiking back out is a little more difficult.
DESERT VIEW WATCHTOWER
Desert View Drive is a scenic route to the east of Grand Canyon Village. It follows the rim for 25 miles out to the Desert View Watchtower and East Entrance. The entire drive has several developed lookout and picnic spots. These spots tend to be a little less crowded but offer some stunning views! The drive is well worth your time. Climb to the top of the tower and look out over the observation deck and enjoy some more of the culture and history of the Grand Canyon.
Hermit’s Rest is the last stop along Hermit Road. Hermits Rest is the westernmost point on the canyon’s south rim that is accessible by paved road. It is a cool historical spot that also offers a unique view of the canyon. It is not accessible by private vehicles but travelers can take a free shuttle bus to see the rock building and outpost.
PRIZE & REQUIREMENTS » You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us* 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative pin!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN