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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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Reviewed 22 January 2019

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Alan E
Reviewed 24 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 1 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Go818823
Reviewed 18 September 2018

North Kaibab is similar but different from South Kaibab. It is certainly greener and colder from South Kaibab. If you are camping at trail head go prepared with jackets and warm cloths for the night.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Torfeh K
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank orclimber
Reviewed 12 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank joneo
Reviewed 4 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Stephan T
Reviewed 29 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Monika U
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank SDR007
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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29 May 2018|
Response from golfguyonline |
I don’t know about the trailhead perse, but you certainly can in the national forest just north of the park. There are many free dispersed campsites here as well.
My husband and I are planning a hike from North Rim to South, staying at Bright Angel campground at the bottom. We will do this in late Sept or early Oct next year. We are hikers and are in decent shape, but the 14 mile trip down seems daunting. Everything I read says you should take 2 days and stop at Cottonwood, but that means packing more food and tent, sleeping bag, pads. (Our plan was to use the duffel service at the South Rim so those items would be waiting for us at Phantom when we get to the bottom. That's why we were originally not stopping at CTW.) However, if we'd have to leave before dawn and possibly get there after sunset, we might even miss the best views! I'm torn. We have done the South Kaibab/Bright Angel twice now, so it's not like we don't understand the terrain. Grateful for any suggestions!
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Response from RB_Advisor | Reviewed this property |
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