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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Hiking to Phantom Ranch as part of rim to rim hike.

I had called a few days earlier and was able to get a reservation at Phantom Ranch. I was going to... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scary trail

We did this trail as we were staying in the North Rim Campground and it was short driving distance... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2015
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

I had called a few days earlier and was able to get a reservation at Phantom Ranch. I was going to hike down to the South Kaibab Trail - but changed my mind after getting a reservation at the North Grand Canyon Lodge. Availability was...More

7  Thank MalbecMan555
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We did this trail as we were staying in the North Rim Campground and it was short driving distance away. The first 3 miles were okay with constant switchbacks, but the next 2 were scary with few hundred feet drop offs with trail being few...More

1  Thank TennisPlayer15
Reviewed 13 July 2015

This trail is shared with all the Mule rides that go down in to the Canyon. Hikers needs to stand still and stand aside to let the mule tours pass... at least three in early AM, then three more mule tours midday... it's a strenuous...More

Thank SandraKo
Reviewed 4 July 2015

Go EARLY!! DRINK SALTY SNACKS HOLD YOUR NOSE TAKE YOUR TIME WHAT GOES DOWN MUST COME UP It took my family (boys 11 and 13) 4 and a half hours to hike 2.6 miles down the trail and 2000 feet down to the bridge. Awesome,...More

2  Thank Whichway2thebeach40
Reviewed 25 June 2015

It really is my favourite hike... It offers a magnificent variety of views, rock colours from green and yellow to purple and red. Has water suplies on the way, really cool rout, its just the mules. All the way up to the tunnel you smell...More

Thank Vova C
Reviewed 17 June 2015

We made it to the Carved Rock Tunnel (about 1.7 miles from the trailhead). It was a very warm day, but pop-up thunderstorms the night before had made the trail less dusty. (Without the moisture, that dust and donkey poop would have been unbearable) You...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 17 June 2015

So water is actually pumped from the North Rim to the South Rim. I would recommend walking down the North RIm a little to feel how different the rims actually are. There is so much more greenery and vegetation on the North side. Great footing...More

Thank JmPOW
Reviewed 12 June 2015

All of the splendor of the Grand Canyon without the Japanese tour buses. Almost the identical view as the South Rim WITHOUT the crowds. There is a park hotel and restaurant on site that has great food. The hiking areas are actually nicer and less...More

4  Thank Marc D
Reviewed 5 June 2015

We hiked the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs, which is a total 9.4 mile hike down and back. The hike took us a little under 8 hours, which included a 1-hour lunch at Roaring Springs. Going down was easy, the coming back up was...More

3  Thank cmiercz1
Reviewed 1 June 2015

This is a spectacular trail and even more so in the early morning. Especially for the first 6 miles of the descent (to Cottonwood) it is one "Kodak Moment" after another. If you hike this as part of a Rim to Rim, I strongly recommend...More

Thank PDXvoyager
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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!
20 October 2016|
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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