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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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You share this trail with the mules, so there are plenty of solid and liquid mule droppings along... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ben S
Sedona, Arizona
Tough mentally and physically

We have no regrets about hiking rim to rim, but the North Kaibab was no joke. We went from the rim... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You share this trail with the mules, so there are plenty of solid and liquid mule droppings along the trail. At times the smell was awful. The views for the first couple of miles, which is all we walked, were of this side canyon. You...More

Thank Ben S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have no regrets about hiking rim to rim, but the North Kaibab was no joke. We went from the rim to Phantom Ranch on day 1. The down hike was very steep and rough. There is a reason people say crossing the box in...More

Thank ksmMissouri
Reviewed 8 July 2017

My nephew and I hiked the North Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch on June 30. We checked out of our cabin at the north rim early and were on the Bridal trail to the North Kaibab trailhead by 2:30am. We had our headlamps on which...More

1  Thank DaBe95
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I would say this trail is wonderful, but the stench from the mules was horrible. The views are spectacular. (We went as far as the tunnel) Our smallest hiker was 7 so it is ok for a family, but get an early start the heat...More

Thank Carolyn C
Reviewed 1 July 2017

After being here at the canyon for over two years now, I love to explore a new trail every month. This trail is for the more experienced hiker but it was still a wonderfully beautiful view of the canyon even though I counldn't hike very...More

Thank TheSandyCrab
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

My family hiked a portion of this trail. I went as far as the Coconino Overlook. I sat on some big rocks and enjoyed the scenery while the rest of my family hiked to the Supai Tunnel. It was a workout! The first section was...More

Thank mail4rv2
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We hiked down this trail to a campsite and it was very steep and very rugged. There was one functioning water stop with restroom facilities on the trail. You need to bring plenty of water particularly during the summer. The trail has several different surfaces,...More

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We walked to the tunnel and back but it was very dusty and a mule tour group was just in front of us so not very pleasant. But the views were nice.

Thank NettyA
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The trail was very well maintained and just beautiful. You share the trail with mules, so please be considerate of them and their handlers.

Thank Kimberly G
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We departed the North Kaibab trailhead at 5:30a on May 22nd. 6 1/2 hours later we arrived at Phantom Ranch. In between we saw spectacular views, very few people, and stunning scenery. It is a well maintained trail, easy to follow, and a great starting...More

2  Thank Steve T
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My husband and I are planning a hike from North Rim to South, staying at Bright Angel campground at the bottom. We will do this in late Sept or early Oct next year. We are hikers and are in decent shape, but the 14 mile trip down seems daunting. Everything I read says you should take 2 days and stop at Cottonwood, but that means packing more food and tent, sleeping bag, pads. (Our plan was to use the duffel service at the South Rim so those items would be waiting for us at Phantom when we get to the bottom. That's why we were originally not stopping at CTW.) However, if we'd have to leave before dawn and possibly get there after sunset, we might even miss the best views! I'm torn. We have done the South Kaibab/Bright Angel twice now, so it's not like we don't understand the terrain. Grateful for any suggestions!
21 October 2016|
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Response from RB_Advisor | Reviewed this property |
I've hiked from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground multiple times and your plan is solid. On one of my hikes I did stay at Cottonwood to be safe, but I found over the years doing the 14 miles isn't... More