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Views from the North Kaibab trail
Views from the North Kaibab trail
Hikers on the North Kaibab trail
Views from the North Kaibab trail
Bright Angel creek
Fall colors on the North Kaibab trail
map: North Kaibab trail
elevation plot: North Kaibab trail
Starting out on the North Kaibab trail
North Kaibab trail

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

From Flagstaff, take HWY 67 south towards the Grand Canyon. Once you enter the park, you'll head 11 miles south of the park entrance (about 2 miles north of the lodge) to the signed parking area. This is a popular trailhead, so parking can be tricky to find.
city
North Rim
state
AZ
country
USA
Region
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

Distance
13.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
6.8 miles one way to the Cottonwood Campground.
Time
16.00 [Hours]
Time-details
This is a full day hike one way.
Elevation Change
8,400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
4,200 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Details
A monster 4200 ft !
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • July
  • August
  • December

Solitudue

Solitude
Low
Solitude Details
This trail is in the Corridor area of the grand canyon. Translation: lots of people use this trail (though not as many as on the Bright Angel trail). Expect to meet 30-50 people this day.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Difficult
difficulty detail
If you are backpacking with a full pack, this hike is Strenuous and Difficult. A 4200 ft elevation gain will get your attention... trust me! The views from this hike are very impressive and quite different than the ones you will find hiking on the South Rim.

Permits

Permit Info
Backcountry permits from the National Park Service must be acquired prior to this hike for camping at Cottonwood campground. See www.nps.gov for details. You can reserve up to three months in advance.
Be Aware of
Outrageous elevation changes, extreme temperature changes. Lack of H2O. Mules

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER AND SUMMER TIMES:

, For Winter Hiking: Remember that the North Rim is damned cold in the winter. Snow and Ice will cover the trail for the first few miles. Crampons recommended. The North Rim road is closed from Mid November to Mid May due to heavy snows.
, For Summer Hiking: Get an early start and don't hike during the heat of the day. Remember that the bottom of the canyon will be MUCH hotter than the top.

Hike the North Kaibab trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

This is a well hiked and well maintained trail in the Grand Canyon. If you're on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and you want to hike into the canyon, this is the only route to the Colorado River. The views are amazing. Chances are you'll be hiking from one photo opportunity to another.

This hike is described only to the Cottonwood Campground. The hike follows Roaring Springs Canyon down to the Bright Angel Canyon. Roaring Springs appears a few miles into the hike and you can hear it's falling water get progressively louder as you get closer. After hiking 4.7 miles from the top, there's a short trail to the base of the Roaring Springs (ROARING SPR on the map). You can fill your water here or at nearby Manzanita rest area. After walking 6.8 miles, you arrive at the Cottonwood Campground along side the Bright Angel Creek.

Simply put, this trail is steep. Flat doesn't exist on this trail.

We have to share this hike with mules. When a mule train approaches, move to the side and wait for them to pass. Wave to the nice guides and sore bottomed people as they admire your amazing stamina in hiking the Grand Canyon.

The trail continues from the Cottonwood campground all the way to Bright Angel Campground, 7 miles further.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER AND SUMMER TIMES:

* For Winter Hiking: Remember that the North Rim is damned cold in the winter. Snow and Ice will cover the trail for the first few miles. Crampons recommended. The North Rim road is closed from Mid November to Mid May due to heavy snows.

* For Summer Hiking: Get an early start and don't hike during the heat of the day. Remember that the bottom of the canyon will be MUCH hotter than the top.

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