Grand Canyon North Rim Hiking

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Like the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim offers numerous hiking trails for hikers of all types. The hikes listed below are “Day Hikes” and range from a .2 mile 20 minute hike to hikes that are 10 miles and take from 6 to 8 hours to complete. Bring plenty of food and water and check the status of all trails with the Park Rangers prior to departure.

The North Kaibab Trail

The North Kaibab Trail is a popular option for North Rim hikers as it is the only maintained trail in the North Rim. In addition, the North Kaibab Trail has distinct hikes of different lengths such as the 1.5 mile round trip hike to the Coconino Overlook. In contrast the hike to Roaring Springs can take from 8-9 hours and cover over nine miles and 3,000 feet in elevation.

The Bright Angel Point Trail

For a shorter hike that covers about a half-mile you can try the Bright Angle Point Trail. This trail is paved and provides a great view of the canyon. The trail begins near the visitor center and there are self guided trail pamphlets available for guidance.

The Cape Royal Trail

Another short hike is the Cape Royal Trail. You can complete this trail round-trip in about 30 minutes. This is a nice easy walk that is great for kids or older adults. The walk is mostly flat and gives wonderful views of the canyon and the Colorado River. The Trail begins on the southeast side of the Cape Royal Parking area.

The Widforss Trail

For those of you who are looking for a lengthy hike the Widforss Trail is for you. Give yourself at least 6 hours to complete this ten mile hike as you pass through both forest and canyon. There is also a self-guiding pamphlet available for this trail and modified hikes are also mapped out on this trail.

The Point Imperial Trail

For a mid-range hike the Point Imperial Trail is perfect. Covering about four miles round trip allow yourself at least two hours to complete this hike to the north park boundary.

The Arizona Trail

Another lengthy hike is the Arizona Trail. Give yourself at least 7 hours to travel this ten mile hike. The Arizona trail connects with the North Kaibab Trail and within the park begins near the north entrance parallel to the highway. The entire Arizona trail travels the length of Arizona from the Utah border and goes all the way to Mexico.

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