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“Strenuous Hike”
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.
Miami, Florida
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“Strenuous Hike”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Great views and vistas. Take plenty of water and be prepared for a strenuous hike out of the canyon. Most definitely our favorite hike, however our 12-year old son found it to be very strenuous hike to the bridge and back. (Around 4.5 hours).

Visited June 2014
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“Tough hike - enjoyed the first half, including Ribbon Falls”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

My wife and I recently hiked the North Kaibab Trail down to Phantom Ranch. We got an early start at 5:30 am and really enjoyed the first half of the hike. The day was cool to start out (in the mid 40's F), but quickly warmed up. The views were great and we made nice time to the Pumphouse area, where we learned that there was a water line break (we saw a crew working on a fix later in the day). After a side trip to Ribbon Falls (highly recommended), we proceeded south along the trail and spent the next several hours in a Grand Canyon version of the movie, Groundhog Day. "The Box" area starts to get pretty hot by late morning and it seemed like every time we went around a bend, there was the same stretch of trail up to another, and then we repeated that often. It was great to finally get into Phantom Ranch.

Visited June 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Killer climb”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

breathtaking, defeating climb if going S to N. very slow going depending of course on your preparation training. never the less... carrying more than ample water, electrolytes, food for the constant up hill switchback climb. for most of our trip water was unavailable due to another pipeline break. the heat was really tough as well with over 100 degrees. beautiful and gratifying, but you have to prepare.

Visited May 2014
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“Built in 1929”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Built decades ago this is a serious ascent and descent of 4000 feet and 7 miles to Cottonwood Camp. Those with a high degree of fitness, knowledge of the Grand Canyon and planning should attempt this. I finished a rim to rim hike going up the North Kibab train and it was well designed and marked, gentle slope and switchbacks that seem never ending. For a short hike one can go down and back to the Supai Tunnel. Do not venture down for a long hike after 9. Getting back out is not optional!

Visited May 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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“Challenging but Beautiful”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We traveled through Grand canyon in the beginning of May when the North Rim was still officially closed for the season, and the only way to experience the trail was through Rim-Rim-Rim hike.

The North Kaibab Trail as we took it, from the Bright Angel Creek Campground and back, was a long 28 mile day full of stunning views and surprises in a form of several beautiful waterfalls along the way. The first part was easy walk to the Cottonwood camp. At about 7 miles one way from Bright Angel Creek, Cottonwood makes a great day hike destination for those who do not wish for to go all the way to the rim, or a good next stop for those who have more time to complete the trail in slower pace (recommended).

The elevation gain increases past Cottonwood Camp but if hiking in morning hours you will find enough shade to make it pleasurable.

About 9 miles from Bright Angel Creek Camp, a 2 mile or so traverse long a cliffy edge is encountered. I am not keen on heights and parts of this traverse where the trail narrowed were not easy for me to push through.

The last couple miles to the rim are on steeper uphill on a series of switchbacks. You have a great views here and really can see the different layers of rocks as you are ascending past them.

Depending on the time of the year, water might be available at several spots along the trail but don't rely on it. Even during the high tourist season the pressure in the pipes might prevent the water from reaching the refill stations, so refill often and make sure you carry enough water to last you to your destination.

Visited May 2014
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