North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a hike along North Kaibab Trail. The difficulty of this 14 km (8.7 mi) trek depends on how far you want to push yourself. For a shorter version, head in as far as the first attraction, a set of tunnels just 1.7 km (1 mi) from the start. There you can explore, take a break, and return by a mule ride. Farther along, the trail rises steadily higher, rewarding you with views of springs and waterfalls as you climb. Be sure to stay hydrated on this challenging hike; it can be extremely hot. Other hazards such as flash floods and encounters with wildlife are rare, but possible, so be prepared. You can camp along the way (only with a permit) at sites located 6.9 km (4.3 mi) and 13.8 km (8.6 mi) in. To visit North Kaibab Trail and other attractions in Grand Canyon National Park, use our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning app.
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  • Challenging, well maintained trail. Seven miles does not sound that far, but it kicked our butts! Loved every step of it!  more »
  • My wife and I hiked part-way down the trail, as far as the Subai tunnel. On occasion we were passed by groups on mules.  more »
  • Our Rim to Rim Adventure started here at the North Kaibab Trail. And what an adventure it was. If it's hot, take a rest at Cottonwood before continuing on to Bright Angel. You'll be glad you did.  more »

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