Plateau Point Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 8.4 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
3,154 Steps 1  (1.5 mi)

The Plateau Point Trail is accessed from the Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden. There's fantastic views of the Colorado River from this location as well as magnificent canyon views of the mesa. During the summer months, the temperatures in the canyon can reach well into the 100's at this elevation. Stay hydrated and eat snacks regularly.

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The Plateau Point Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,785 ft (1,154 m), a minimum elevation of 3,692 ft (1,125 m), and an elevation range of 93 ft (28 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
3,1541.5 mi3,692 ft3,785 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
33 min6.882 ft64 ft
[ B to A ]
34 min5.364 ft82 ft

What is the length of the Plateau Point Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) or 3,154 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Plateau Point Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 33 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 34 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Plateau Point Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Havasupai Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Piute Point, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Metzger Tank, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ

Is there a Plateau Point trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Plateau Point Trail is located on the Grand Canyon and Phantom Ranch topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.