Waldron Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 7.0 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
3,577 Steps 1  (1.6 mi)

The Waldron Trail descends into the canyon from the south rim. The trail has steep switchbacks and limited shade. While you're there, check-out Horsetheif Tank; you might see some wildlife drinking from the water.

Waldron Trail


The Waldron Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,393 ft (1,949 m), a minimum elevation of 5,348 ft (1,630 m), and an elevation range of 1,045 ft (319 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
3,5771.6 mi5,348 ft6,393 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.0 hrs85.21,022 ft62 ft
[ B to A ]
39 min5.262 ft1,022 ft

What is the length of the Waldron Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) or 3,577 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Waldron Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 39 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 Waldron 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 Waldron trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Waldron Trail is located on the Grand Canyon topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  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.