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North Kaibab Trail
North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trail

The North Kaibab Trail is a popular hiking trail located in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

The trail’s location on the North Rim side of the Grand Canyon makes it an idyllic route for hikers who would like to experience an epic adventure inside the canyon.

North Kaibab Trail, Distance, Length & Map, Grand Canyon National Park

The North Kaibab Trail is the least visited of the three maintained trails, owing to its rugged and challenging terrain. Additionally, this strenuous hike requires several days of a backpacking adventure, and it’s important to note that a permit is required for hiking on this trail.

The trail winds up for 14 miles all the way to the Phantom Ranch. Its trailhead is located a short distance from the Grand Canyon Lodge, accessible using the main road, and just before the North Rim Visitors Center. This trailhead is easily identifiable thanks to its towering trees that include Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. Watch out for mules that roam the trail as these animals have the right of way in the Grand Canyon.

About 1.5 miles in, the trail leads to the Coconino Overlook. This section of the trail features numerous switchbacks as the trail goes deeper into the canyon. This is a great place to rest and gaze at the wonders that surround you.

From this overlook, hikers get scenic views of Roaring Springs Canyon, and one of the highlights of enjoying the views at Coconino is the echo effect that causes you to hear sounds as though they coming from behind you – while the voices actually originate from other hikers above at the overlook.

The next stop of the North Kaibab Trail is the Supai Tunnel, which is a 20-foot tunnel that marks a stop along the hike. The tunnel is easily identified, thanks to the presence of a water fountain on site. There is also has a restroom.

Beyond the tunnel, the trail’s switchbacks proceed all the way to Roaring Springs. This 9.4-mile return trip is ideal for day hikers. Getting to this point using the North Kaibab Trail gives hikers a new appreciation for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon.

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The North Rim Season with full services is usually between May 15th through October 15th of each year

North Rim Visitor Center
Mon - Sun: 8am - 6pm

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Weekly Passes
Vehicle Permit: $35
Motorcycle Permit: $30
Individual Permit: $20 per person

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