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“Outstanding Beauty and great hike!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trail
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Owner description: 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.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding Beauty and great hike!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

My wife and I decided to do this hike on our visit. Fully prepared with ample water, food, energy snack and canes, we started our descent ... 3 hours to the bottom with wonderful views with every twist and turn of the switchbacks. It was beautiful and fantastic to actually be down in the canyons looking up.
The journey back up was definitely a lot harder and took us 4 and a half hours, we made to the Coconino overlook as the sunset and had to trek in pitch darkness the rest of the way. With the elevation and thinning of the air my wife struggled with her breathing a lot as she has asthma, and could only walk 40/50 steps without having to stop for a breather.
Regardless, we both loved the experience and are very glad we did it!
Just remember to start out early and have enough time to take regular breaks on the way back up :)

Visited September 2013
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“Classic hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Of the three standard trails to the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch this is the longest and the best. Some really magical scenery all along the way. When ascending cool your feet in the stream by the Roaring Springs ranger station, it gives a revival ready for the final five miles.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Little Storm ravaged”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

The trip down the North Kaibab was spectacular. Watch yourself going down, pad your toes and read up on how to lace your boots to avoid losing toenails. The landscape is so different from the south rim - it's hard going back up but a must hike!

Visited September 2013
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New york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Long!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

We had a great hike down. Wished the trails to and from Ribbon Falls was better marked. We hiked to the falls and back to the bridge and up over a huge hill, only to find out, there was an alternate, flatter trail that avoided the hill. The trail was long and the Box was very nice. Wished there were better views, but the South Kaibab made up for it.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“The Green Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Who would have thought the Grand Canyon would be so green - especially in September. We started from the North Rim trail head at 6:00 am (33 degrees - brrrrr) and heard it would take 7-8 hours of decent pace hiking to arrive at Phantom Ranch. we detoured to the Roaring Springs water station and bathrooms - if you don't need water or restroom at this point, you can skip this backtrack of trail to save some time. we did the Ribbon falls hike on the way down - highly recommend this detour. Walk up above the pool and look through the waterfall - very cool. If you feel like getting wet - you can explore the small cave in the limestone formation at the bottom of the waterfall. We also day hiked back up the trail from Phantom Ranch on our "day off" to the Phantom Creek canyon. About 1.2 miles up the trail, you'll see a stream intersect the Bright Angel Creek - you'll want Sandals/Teva's/Keen's to cross the creek and then wade (pretty shallow most of the way) up the Phantom creek - about 200 yards to a nice little waterfall. A nice short hike in the bottom of the canyon - and a much cooler place to have lunch that at Phantom Ranch.

Visited September 2013
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