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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
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Started down North Kaibab on 10/14/17 at 6:30 AM; it was 35 degrees...brrr. Very crowded the last... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
jim727
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San Diego
Did a mile and a half down this trail.

Be prepared. Travel early with hiking shoes, water and sun protection. Be prepared for tons of red... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
MindVisions
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Sarnia, Canada
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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.
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North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Started down North Kaibab on 10/14/17 at 6:30 AM; it was 35 degrees...brrr. Very crowded the last two days before the North Rim Lodge closes on 10/16. Had 695 Rim2Rim or Rim2Rim2Rim runners starting from both Rims... so for the first hour on the trail...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Be prepared. Travel early with hiking shoes, water and sun protection. Be prepared for tons of red dusty soil, rocks, switch backs that never end on the way up, thin air and mule poop. Lots of spots for photos and there is a outdoor toilet...More

Thank MindVisions
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

The trail is used by mules so be prepared to be stopped by them on your way along with the olfactory experience of mule dung all along the way until the point where the mules go. We were not well prepared for doing this hike...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The NK trail is truly a gem. I love the variety of terrain that you encounter and walking through "the box" (narrow canyon toward the canyon floor that parallels the Bright Angel Creek for miles) - if done in cooler weather - is truly pure...More

Thank iamcutestone
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

My husband and I started our adventure on the North Kaibab trail at 545am in August. We were mesmerized by the small storm going on across the canyon and was blessed with a little rain in the beginning. Our headlamps were a much needed item...More

Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The top section of this trail was wider than the trails at the south rim (trail does get narrower beyond the tunnel). There was a lot of vegetation, so you don't feel like you are going to fall directly off the edge. The trail did...More

Thank GypsyGeorgia
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

The North Kaibab trail is the least visited walk in Grand Canyon National Park. My goal was to walk to the first viewpoint, the Coconino Overlook, which is 0.7 mile below the rim with an approximate 800 foot change in elevation. The walk down was...More

Thank TravelFan48105
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

If you want an amazing hike that you will never forget got down this trail. I actually started on the South rim and hiked all the way over to the North Rim. It was an amazing day. The heat will catch up to you so...More

Thank ziggyrock
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We hiked 2 miles down into the canyon to the Supai Tunnel. The views were gorgeous. the hike was easy until...We met many nice and interesting people along the trail including a voulunteer ranger at the tunnel. He convinced many of us to turn around...More

Thank Bike2
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I believe this is the prettiest of the three main trails across the Grand Canyon. You go through all of North America's ecosystems on this trail. It mostly follows the Bright Angel canyon and creek but goes into another side canyon in the way up....More

Thank Craig Z
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CFitzfromNC
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
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