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North Kaibab Trail

North Rim,  
From You7437.38 Mi
Local TipsWatch the weather in summer. Thunderstorms roll in quickly.

Pack it in, pack it out
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-05-20
Created ByTracy
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Hills
  • Out And Back
  • Single-Track
  • Fee
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance15-39
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionThe North Kaibab Trail runs from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (technically starting at head of Roaring Springs Canyon) to the Bright Angel Campground. Total distance is 14.2 mi one-way with a 5,850 ft elevation change from river to rim. Many people hike this as part of a Rim to Rim hike (w/Bright Angel or S. Kaibab as the other main portion, to get to the South Rim).

This is a beautiful hike, running alongside the Bright Angel Creek for much of its length along the Canyon floor and in its gradual ascent/descent between Phantom Ranch & Pumphouse Ranger Station (gradual relative to the next section!). Do a little homework on Canyon geology so you can appreciate the rock layers you'll pass through. The climb (or descent) from Pumphouse to Supai to the rim is much steeper. Lots of elevation change in that 5.5 miles, amazing views & the reward of the North Rim when you finish at the top. Make reservations way in advance and stay at the Lodge or the Campground to appreciate this special place.

Important! Water is available at Bright Angel Campground, Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood Campground, Pumphouse Ranger Station & Supai Tunnel (listed river to rim). It is NOT always on at each location, so check on the nps page http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/trail-distances.htm. Replenish your fluids whenever you can, rest in the shade & douse yourself with water. Canyon is hot, especially in summer.

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