I arrive at the Canyon a couple of days early, so I can do a few day hikes in preparation for a four-day hike later in the week. Today I'm going out to Shoshone Point. After driving to the dirt parking lot, I start up the road to the Point. A locked gate prevents people from driving to the Point.
The road is very easy walking and only slightly uphill. It was raining earlier and there are a lot of animal tracks at one place on the road.
Just before reaching the Point, I take a short side venture to a great viewing point. I can see the River far to the east.
I was up here once before a few years ago, but the Park Service has made substantial improvements since then. This bathroom and the covered pavilion are both new. Apparently, a lot of weddings and family gatherings are held here. There are ample tables and they even have a fire pit.
You make your way just a little farther to the north to reach the actual Shoshone Point.
The views from here are excellent in all directions.
As I'm walking back to my car, I meet several groups headed uphill to the Point.
This is a very nice one-mile day hike with great views. I highly recommend it. My total time from start to finish was less than an hour. The hardest thing about this hike is finding the correct starting point. The parking lot is dirt and unmarked. As popular as this place is, you would think the Park Service would have a sign at the parking lot. It is 1.2 miles east of the Yaki Point turnoff on the north side of the highway.
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