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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Heaven on Earth

The NK trail is truly a gem. I love the variety of terrain that you encounter and walking through... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
R2R in a day

My husband and I started our adventure on the North Kaibab trail at 545am in August. We were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jennifer M
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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This 14-mile, easy to follow path (the only maintained trail into the Canyon from the North Rim,) takes you by soaring cottonwoods, roaring springs and scenic overlooks until it ends at the Bright Angel Campground.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The NK trail is truly a gem. I love the variety of terrain that you encounter and walking through "the box" (narrow canyon toward the canyon floor that parallels the Bright Angel Creek for miles) - if done in cooler weather - is truly pure...More

Thank iamcutestone
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I started our adventure on the North Kaibab trail at 545am in August. We were mesmerized by the small storm going on across the canyon and was blessed with a little rain in the beginning. Our headlamps were a much needed item...More

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The top section of this trail was wider than the trails at the south rim (trail does get narrower beyond the tunnel). There was a lot of vegetation, so you don't feel like you are going to fall directly off the edge. The trail did...More

Thank GypsyGeorgia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The North Kaibab trail is the least visited walk in Grand Canyon National Park. My goal was to walk to the first viewpoint, the Coconino Overlook, which is 0.7 mile below the rim with an approximate 800 foot change in elevation. The walk down was...More

Thank TravelFan48105
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want an amazing hike that you will never forget got down this trail. I actually started on the South rim and hiked all the way over to the North Rim. It was an amazing day. The heat will catch up to you so...More

Thank ziggyrock
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked 2 miles down into the canyon to the Supai Tunnel. The views were gorgeous. the hike was easy until...We met many nice and interesting people along the trail including a voulunteer ranger at the tunnel. He convinced many of us to turn around...More

Thank Bike2
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I believe this is the prettiest of the three main trails across the Grand Canyon. You go through all of North America's ecosystems on this trail. It mostly follows the Bright Angel canyon and creek but goes into another side canyon in the way up....More

Thank Craig Z
Reviewed 26 August 2017

While we didn't hike the entire trail, only the 4.7 miles (7.3km) down to Roaring Springs, we greatly enjoyed our experience. To begin with, the parking lot for the North Kaibab Trailhead isn't very large and can fill up quite early; you'll have to park...More

2  Thank dtoliphant7
Reviewed 9 August 2017

You share this trail with the mules, so there are plenty of solid and liquid mule droppings along the trail. At times the smell was awful. The views for the first couple of miles, which is all we walked, were of this side canyon. You...More

Thank Ben S
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We have no regrets about hiking rim to rim, but the North Kaibab was no joke. We went from the rim to Phantom Ranch on day 1. The down hike was very steep and rough. There is a reason people say crossing the box in...More

1  Thank ksmMissouri
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My husband and I are planning a hike from North Rim to South, staying at Bright Angel campground at the bottom. We will do this in late Sept or early Oct next year. We are hikers and are in decent shape, but the 14 mile trip down seems daunting. Everything I read says you should take 2 days and stop at Cottonwood, but that means packing more food and tent, sleeping bag, pads. (Our plan was to use the duffel service at the South Rim so those items would be waiting for us at Phantom when we get to the bottom. That's why we were originally not stopping at CTW.) However, if we'd have to leave before dawn and possibly get there after sunset, we might even miss the best views! I'm torn. We have done the South Kaibab/Bright Angel twice now, so it's not like we don't understand the terrain. Grateful for any suggestions!
21 October 2016|
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Response from RB_Advisor | Reviewed this property |
I've hiked from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground multiple times and your plan is solid. On one of my hikes I did stay at Cottonwood to be safe, but I found over the years doing the 14 miles isn't... More