North Rim Hiking Guide...
Point Imperial Trail
Rating: EASY This trail offers an easy 4 mile, 2 hour round trip hike through fire damaged forests to the north boundary of Grand Canyon National Park.
Roosevelt Point Trail
Rating: EASY This trail is a short 1/5 mile forest loop with great Grand Canyon views. Take this 20 minute hike at a relaxed pace. Trailside benches are available for resting or pondering the views.
Rating: EASY to MODERATE This trail follows the North Rim of the canyon from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Rim Campground, a distance of about. 3 miles round-trip. Ths hike will take you approximately 1.5 hours.
Uncle Jim Trail
Rating: EASY to MODERATE This trail starts at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. It is a nice forest hike of about 5 miles to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. Hiking time is about 3 hours round-trip.
Rating: EASY to MODERATE This is a very rewarding trail through the forest with great Grand Canyon views. The complete round trip is 10 miles (about 6 hours hiking time), but just a short walk along this trail will be a very rewarding experience. A self-guiding trail brochure is available at the trailhead. To get to this trail, drive 1 mile along the dirt road 1/4 mile south of Cape Royal Road to the Widforss Trail parking area.
Ken Patrick Trail
Rating: EASY to MODERATE This trail has a combination of forest and Canyon views. It follows the North Rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. Hiking time for this 10 mile trail is about 6 hours.
Cape Final Trail
Rating: EASY to MODERATE This trail is an easy 2-mile hike from the parking area to Cape Final. A round trip of 4 miles (2 hours) will reward you with great panoramas of the Grand Canyon.
Cliff Springs Trail
Rating: EASY to MODERATE You will find the trailhead for this hike across the road from a pullout on a curve just 1/3 mile down the road from Cape Royal. Take this short 1 mile, 1 hour hike through the forest and down a ravine to a spring by a cliff. Do NOT drink water from the spring.
North Kaibab Trail
Rating: STEEP-SHORT to FULL DAY/DIFFICULT This is the only maintained trail into the inner canyon from the North Rim. You have a choice of destinations and hiking distances and times, depending on your chosen destination. If you are not up to a long hike, consider going as far as Coconino Overlook (only 1.5 miles round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (4 miles round-trip). These short trips will give you great views and a feel for the Grand Canyon experience. If you are up for a more difficult hike, go to Roaring Springs. The round trip is about 9.5 miles and will involve a decent of 3,050 feet and, of course, a climb back up again. It will take you a full day (8 hours) for this hike, so begin the hike early in the morning. It is strongly recommended that you not go beyond Roaring Springs for a day hike. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT try to hike from the rim to the river and back (a distance of 28 miles with a decent of almost 6,000 feet) in one day.
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