New Hance Loop

New Hance Loop Backpacking Trip

This advanced trek is one of the Grand Canyon South Rim’s most challenging hikes. A steep descent down a trail rich with history will evoke your appreciation for Grand Canyon pioneers like John Hance who built this trail to access the Grand Canyon's rich resources. Following the trail through Red Canyon, all but the most experienced Canyon Hikers will be surprised by the difficulty of this awesome hike. Amazing views, time along the Colorado River and a solid Grand Canyon hike make this an awesome backpacking trip to check off your list of Grand Canyon hikes. Read the guide below to learn more.

New Hance Loop Backpack Details and Description

From the New Hance Trailhead, you’ll follow the trail through Red Canyon to the Colorado River. The end of this rugged trail brings you to Hance Rapids, one of the Canyon’s most difficult, and an amazing opportunity to see the power of the hand that carved this Grand Canyon. This will be home for the evening, and a great place to relish at your accomplishment as you enjoy a riverside dinner. After a night on the beach, you’ll leave the mighty Colorado River and head to Hance Creek. Perched below the redwall cliffs of Horseshoe Mesa, this quiet perennial stream flows under ancient Cottonwoods, making a peaceful retreat for the evening. Once camp is set up, you'll have time to explore this beautiful canyon.  On day three you'll pass Page Springs and a abandoned Copper Mine en route to Horseshoe Mesa, where you can explore the Cave of the Domes.  This hidden cave is a trip highlight and a welcome break before the steep ascent back up the Grandview Trail back to the Rim, and the end of your Canyon backpacking adventure.

New Hance Loop FAQ’s

What are the specifications of the trip? 

Number of Days: 4-5

Distance: 23mi/35km (not including day hikes) 

Elevation Change: 4382ft/1336m

Trip Dates: Spring, Fall 

Pack Weight: 30lbs-40lbs

Difficulty (1 easy-10 extreme): 8

Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?

 Age and physical fitness depends on both the trip, and the individual going on the trip. Even within a specific destination, trip length, time of year, weather, and means of transportation have a large impact. We have many different options, and can find an adventure that’s safe and enjoyable for you and your group. 

What facilities will be available?

Camping- Campsite, Pit Toilets, Drinking Water.

When is the best time of year to book a trip?

Year Round

How soon should I book my trip?

Five months’ in advance the day permits open for your dates is advised due to limited permit availability.  Permits for this hike are not guaranteed due to NPS regulations.

Are there any limits on group size?

The group size limit for a Rim to Rim is 11 people due to park service restrictions. 

What should I bring?

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