Cape Final Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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The Cape Final Trail is a hiking trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona.DescriptionIt is located on the Walhalla Plateau at the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Access is from the Cape Royal Road, about 2.5mi north of Cape Royal. Access to this part of the park by car is seasonal, traditionally open from mid-May to mid-October or depending on snowcover from the previous winter.The trail is only 2mi long one-way and terminates at Cape Final at an elevation of 7916ft overlooking the eastern Grand Canyon from Nankoweap to the Unkar Creek Delta.No water is available (even at the trailhead), except early in the season by melting snow. Otherwise all water needed must be carried for the duration of the hike.CampingThe Grand Canyon Backcountry Use Plan designates the area along this trail for At-Large Camping, with a valid permit. One can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Center, located just north of the North Rim Campground along State Route 67. There are good campsites along the last half mile of this trail. The nearest toilet facilities are available at Cape Royal 2.5mi south of the trailhead at the end of Cape Royal Rd.
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  • This is a fairly easy hike that rewards you with amzing views of the canyon in more solitude thatn the shorter, paved and crowded trails. It is 2.1 miles along a well worn dirt path without much eleva...  more »
  • The first 1/2 mile or so of the hike is a little tough as it is uphill all the way. After that, it gets fairly easy. It is definitely a beautiful hike through the woods with a couple of tangent trails...  more »
  • If you have a day at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a must visit is a drive on the Cape Royal Scenic Drive-- plenty of nice viewpoints to stop and stroll over for photos. It is great to stop at se...  more »
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  • Recommend! Our GPS read just over 4 miles round trip - rocky uphill start, forested flat in the middle, and very short hill near end with Boulder ledge over the Grand Canyon with incredible perspective and huge vantage point here! Can see the South Rim Lookout Tower, and see so many juts of the Canyon. Take food & water if there is any question - many miles from general store / supplies!
  • The trail takes you through the forest then out to the rim. This is the biggest view of the Canyon that I have seen, North or South Rim, and I lived at the South rim for 5 months. It is definitely worth the 2 mile hike to see this. Climb up on the rocks for the best views. It is so big that with my wide angle lens I still had to take 4 pictures to get the whole thing. A must do if you go to the North rim.
  • Few people, nice view, so quiet! Love it.

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