North Kaibab Trail

The park's trans-canyon trail, the North Kaibab Trail starts from the North Kaibab Trailhead just north of the village, descends into Roaring Springs Canyon, and then follows Bright Angel Creek to Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River, a distance of 14 miles one-way and a descent of 5,950 feet. Do not attempt to hike to the river and back in one day! A day hike to Supai Tunnel and back is a good short day hike. This hike is 2.0 miles each way and a descent of 1,400 feet.

Cape Final Trail

This trail starts from the Cape Final Trailhead along the Cape Royal Road and follows an old fire road 2.0 miles through the rim forest to Cape Final, a major promontory with excellent views of the eastern Grand Canyon.

Uncle Jim Trail

This 2.5-mile trail starts at the North Kaibab Trailhead and traverses the forest to a viewpoint overlooking Roaring Springs Canyon and the Kaibab Trail.

Ken Patrick Trail

This trail connects Point Imperial with the North Kaibab Trailhead, a distance of 10 miles. If you plan to hike the entire trail, it is best to hike it one way with a car shuttle. The trail skirts the rim after leaving Point Imperial, then crosses the Point Imperial Road and wanders through the forest to the North Kaibab Trailhead.

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail starts from a trailhead on the west side of AZ 67 just north of the NOrth Kaibab Trailhead. across the road from the North Kaibab Trailhead. The trail winds 4.4 miles through along the west rim of the Transept to a point on the North Rim overlooking Widforss Point.

Arizona Trail - Coconino Rim

A section of the 800-mile Arizona Trail follows the Coconino Rim southeast from Grandview Fire Lookout on the Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest. To reach this trailhead, drive east on Desert View Drive to the Grandview Point junction. Continue 2.0 miles east on Desert Drive, and then turn right onto the Coconino Rim Road. Drive this dirt road 1.2 miles.

Grandview Trail

This trail starts from Grandview Point on Desert View Drive. Horseshoe Mesa, 3.0 miles each way, is a great destination. The Grandview Trail is unmaintained and is much rougher and slower going than the Kaibab or Bright Angel trails. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the historic mining district. Caution: Stay out of old mine shafts.

Hermit Trail

This unmaintained trail starts from Hermits Rest at the end of the Hermit Road. Good destinations are Santa Maria Spring, which is 1.4 miles one-way, and Dripping Spring, which is 2.7 miles one-way. Neither spring is reliable, so carry your own water. Both destinations offer excellent views of Hermit CanyonDo not attempt to hike to the river and back in one day!

Transept Trail

The Transept Trail follows the rim of Transept Canyon from Grand Canyon Lodge to North Rim Campground, a distance of 1.4 miles one-way. The trail is nearly level.

Upper South Kaibab Trail

A great day hike is from the South Kaibab Trailhead (accessible only via the Kaibab Shuttle) to Cedar Ridge, a distance of 1.5 miles one-way. There are panoramic views of O'Neill Butte and the canyon as the trail comes out onto a ridge. Remember, the return hike is all uphill and much harder.


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