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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  • Started down North Kaibab on 10/14/17 at 6:30 AM; it was 35 degrees...brrr. Very crowded the last two days before the North Rim Lodge closes on 10/16. Had 695 Rim2Rim or Rim2Rim2Rim runners starting f...  more »
  • Be prepared. Travel early with hiking shoes, water and sun protection. Be prepared for tons of red dusty soil, rocks, switch backs that never end on the way up, thin air and mule poop. Lots of spots f...  more »
  • The trail is used by mules so be prepared to be stopped by them on your way along with the olfactory experience of mule dung all along the way until the point where the mules go. We were not well prep...  more »

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