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“We did it!”
Review of North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trail
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Owner description: 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.
The Midlands
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“We did it!”
Reviewed 27 September 2011

Last year we visited North Rim Grand Canyon and said that we would like to come back and walk down into the canyon. This year we did it and boy what a sense of achievment! We started at 8250 feet and descended to 5200 feet Roaring Springs, a 5 mile trail.When we reached the Springs we took off our boots and put our feet in the icy waters from the stream - they needed it!
It was a relatively easy hike down mainly on a well maintained trail with several landmarks on route, but the first 2 miles consists of very rocky large steps, pot holes and is rather smelly from the mules that use this trail. The first point is Cococino Overlook at 3/4 mile, a wonderful showcase of coconino sandstone overlooking the red rocks of the Supai formation. Then you reach the Supai Tunnel, a made-made tunnel cut through into the Supai rock, at 1.8 miles. Here there is water (but check before you set off as it's not always available), toilet facilities and a great stopping point to cool off. When you emerge from the small tunnel an imposing view of cliffs is in front of you, a fantastic sight. Far below is a bridge that you will eventually cross and continue your hike through switchbacks some with sheer drop-offs.
On reaching Roaring Springs you will find toilet facilities and a cool spot by the stream under the trees to eat and rest before the long hard slog back up. The last 2 miles were the worst as the heat of the sun was at it's strongest and the very steep rocky steps where the mules use the trail was awful. Not so noticable going down, but be warned - what goes down, has to come up!

Visited September 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Much more intimate with the canyon.”
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Came up this route while on a rim to rim hike ( 11 1/2 hours) and it was beautiful. The route down from the south is all about big views and the route up the north is more intimate with the washes and canyons that make up the GC. It's a class 1 trail but it's in the GC and you must be prepared. There is a long section in a main canyon coming out of Phantom Ranch which can be very hot, 4 -5 miles so be prepared, and then 6k of gain still awaits you. Know what your level of expertise is when spending time in the GC and especially when day tripping down.

Visited June 2011
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Milwaukee
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“This is very different than the south...”
Reviewed 15 August 2010

This is very different than the south rim. Do not plan on seeing the Colorado River or broad expansive views deep within the canyon. Personally I was more impressed with views from the south rim and was disappointed it did not look the same. But when i reached ribbon falls it was less disappointing. This is the most beautiful waterfall ive seen surrounded by the orange red sandstone walls.

I am an inexperienced backpacker and it took me 3.5 hours to get to Cottonwood campground on a late afternoon in August. My shoulders were sore, just raw. The next dat it took 3 hours to get to Phantom Ranch. This place is an oasis and has great food, we did not get a cabin but they do have them if you reserve it a year in advance.

One thing i strongly discourage is to go from Phantom Ranch/ Bright Angel camp to the trailhead in one day. It was extremely difficult even after a siesta. It took almost 6 hours to get to the top from Cottonwood. But making it to the top was one of the highlights of my life. What a trip.

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Newtown, PA
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“Going to Supai Tunnel in a good morning hike”
Reviewed 18 July 2009

I grabbed one of the last parking spots at the trailhead for North Kaibab Trail. It was filled by 9am. We hiked down to the Supai Tunnel and back. This was a 4-mile roundtrip with an elevation change of 1440. Obviously a lot of work on the way back, but definitely worth the effort. I have to say the mules are annoying. Aside from messing up the trail, they kick up tremendous amounts of dust when passing by. The hike offers beautiful views and gives one a taste of hiking underneath the rim.

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“The North Rim, as close to heven as you can get here on Earth”
Reviewed 23 December 2007

Living here in Las Vegas the trip is only a few hours drive to either the North or South Rim. The South Rim offers more paved roads, convenience, and crowds; the North is more relaxed with only 10% of the Grand Canyon visitors venturing here. You can hike the Kaibab Trail from either the North or South Rim but it begins at the North Rim. It's a fourteen mile hike across the Grand Canyon with water available on the path so you only need to carry a few bottles and refill them at the watering holes. Though the trail is easy to follow, the hike is not. Make sure you take a back pack with snacks and you will find a walking stick useful. Most people hike down to the Supia Tunnel, about 4 hours round trip, or the Roaring Springs, about 8 hours round trip, and back up they way they came, others hike all the way across and either hike back or catch the bus that goes from Rim to Rim, while others stay either at Cottonwood Camp Ground or at the Phantom Ranch Lodge and return by Mule. If you decide to go make sure you plan your trip well in advance. Permits are required and reservations at both Cottonwood Campground and Phantom Ranch. Remember this . . . over 250 people have to be evacuated from the canyon each year and there are no easy trails in or out. Mules rides can be booked at the Lodge and be ridden down to the Roaring Springs or Phantom Ranch and back.

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