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This 14-mile, easy to follow path (the only maintained trail into the Canyon from the North Rim,) takes you by soaring cottonwoods, roaring springs and scenic overlooks until it ends at the Bright Angel Campground.
North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
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This is one of my favorite trails in the Grand Canyon. I have done it many times. You can go down to the Supai Tunnel and get a great feel for the trail. If you go down you have to get back up. You can...More
The North Kaibab Trail is the least visited of the three maintained trails at Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Because it also is the most difficult trail in the park. Almost 1,000 feet higher at the trailhead than trails on the more popular South Rim,...More
We hiked the North Kaibab Trail last week (late September). The weather was great, the hiker traffic was reasonable, and the views of the canyon walls were spectacular. But I will never again choose a trail that is so heavily trafficked by mule caravans. We...More
I did the trail to bridge and turned around before the sun came out. Took me 70 minutes to get to bridge and an hour 40 for the climb up. The parking lot gets full quick, at 630am there were 5 spots left. Good vistas,...More
If you want to get out of your comfort zone and really experience the canyon keep reading. Few get to the north rim, but most (including myself 'til now) know there are shuttles from the south rim. Went with a crew of 5. Shuttled to...More
We hiked down the trail to the Supai tunnel. We had three kids with us. THe hike down took about an hour, on a wide but steep trail down into the Grand Canyon. The views were great! Standing in the shade of the tunnel was...More
It was amazing trip! The mules are very polite and brave, even during a strom they were walking without scary. The guide was very nice and helpful. Sightseeing from Mules back for sure it will be unforgettable experience! But for sure it is not for...More
This trail starts at the rim and ends at Bright Angel Campground. The complete hike can take up to 4 days. The views along Coconino Overlook (1.5 hours), Supai Tunnel (3 hours), and Ribbon Falls (2 days) are incredible. Take lots of water, salty high...More
We hiked down about .7 miles to the first observation overlook. It is beautiful along the trail and the view at the overlook. The trail was not busy. There were some mule droppings because the mule rides use the same trail. Remember that going back...More
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I've hiked from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground multiple times and your plan is solid. On one of my hikes I did stay at Cottonwood to be safe, but I found over the years doing the 14 miles isn't... More
I've hiked from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground multiple times and your plan is solid. On one of my hikes I did stay at Cottonwood to be safe, but I found over the years doing the 14 miles isn't as bad as it sounds provided you're going down. You don't have to start the hike before sunrise, but I would recommend starting as close to sunrise as possible. Some of the best sights are as you start the hike from the Rim down to about Roaring Springs. It's a beautiful canyon and you do want to experience it in the light. But once you get to Cottonwood the hike is relatively flat (by Grand Canyon standards.) I'd recommend having lunch at Rainbow Falls which is about a mile after Cottonwood. From that point on is actually a relatively leisurely hike (by Grand Canyon standards) down to the bottom, but there's a thing called the Box that you really don't want to hike through during mid-day sun. It's a very tight canyon, with very high black walls, that gets really hot during mid-day (120+), so actually planning on going through the Box later in the day is highly recommended by experienced Grand Canyon hikers.