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“Greak Hike, but really tough getting back”
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.
West Lafayette, IN
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Greak Hike, but really tough getting back”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We took the short portion of the hike to the Suppai Tunnel or 4 miles round trip. As you would expect the views were amazing. Also, Its great to get the see the canyon from a more granular level of being inside it. My review is on the short hike, but if going longer see the map distances and make sure you're geared up and research the adequate amount of water and supplies needed. It took us about 2.5 hour to do the 4 miles.

This is a hike of never ending switch backs. Interesting the first two miles are in the Alpine forest and is very green. This was good as it gave some shade in the 100 degree temps. This is really a strenous trail and is tough on the knees going down. They had water and bathrooms at the Suppai tunnel.

Coming back was the hard part. Im not in bad shape, but do to the steep grade, high temperature and 8K above sea level altitude, this hike was tough. Be careful and don't over estimate your fitness on this hike. This is no cake walk. But glad I did it. Im amazed at the guys that go all the way on this. They're in good shape. Be careful for dusty rocks which I slipped on a couple of times. Also, its better to do early in the morning. The annoying thing is the mule dung and pee on the trail as this is also a mule trail. Not necessarily the cleanest or best smelling trail as a result. But, if you're a hiker you cant walk away from this challenge.

Visited July 2014
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Evansville, Indiana
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“Enchanting Hike”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

My June 26, 2014 hike of the Kaibab Trail to the Silver Suspension bridge and back gave me a memorable experience. Blessed with an overcast and relatively cool day (90F at the Ranch), I was able to enjoy the trail, the views, and the people I met. Maps and trail info are plentiful. Water supplies are spaced well, allowing for a long day if you carry 2-3 liters of water. The trail is coated with a fine powdery dust at the top, but that is gone after the Supai Tunnel. The climbing is tough at the end, so plan to eat and save enough energy for that!

Visited June 2014
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Dusty and a hell of a climb back out”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Four friends and I recently spent one night at the North Rim and thought it would be fantastic to get down into the canyon the next day. This trail is the only one that has this route so we set off, deciding we would see how we felt at the Supaj Tunnel (the second way-point on your descent). The trail down to the Supai Tunnel was incredibly dusty (be sure to bring a bandana or something to cover your nose and mouth) and relentlessly downhill....every step of the way imagining having to climb back out! My group and I were generally unimpressed with this trail and would have preferred to spend the day hiking rim trails.

Visited June 2014
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Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
622 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“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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