North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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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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  • This is one of my favorite trails in the Grand Canyon. I have done it many times. You can go down to the Supai Tunnel and get a great feel for the trail. If you go down you have to get back up. You ca...  more »
  • We made this trail in the middle of winter (January), full of snow. A spectacle for the sight and the soul!!!! The first stretch is all downhill and then it gets flatter, but do not forget that the turn is backwards! So as long as you go in winter, there is a carry enough water! And even some snacks as it takes time. We got to see the river and it's definitely worth the hike beyond that one enjoys just doing it. It is several hours, so it is not for those who are not accustomed or at least not have much time. It is not advisable to go down to the river and come back in the day because in winter it is very short the day, the temperature is very low and it is tiring. Better to enjoy even if you do a little less!!!!
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  • The North Kaibab Trail is the least visited of the three maintained trails at Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Because it also is the most difficult trail in the park. Almost 1,000 feet higher at the ...  more »
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