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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Dusty and smelly of mules

We walked to the tunnel and back but it was very dusty and a mule tour group was just in front of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Fantastic trail!

The trail was very well maintained and just beautiful. You share the trail with mules, so please be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kimberly G
Petal, Mississippi
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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%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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North Kaibab Trailhead, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
+1 928-638-2611
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked to the tunnel and back but it was very dusty and a mule tour group was just in front of us so not very pleasant. But the views were nice.

Thank NettyA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail was very well maintained and just beautiful. You share the trail with mules, so please be considerate of them and their handlers.

Thank Kimberly G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We departed the North Kaibab trailhead at 5:30a on May 22nd. 6 1/2 hours later we arrived at Phantom Ranch. In between we saw spectacular views, very few people, and stunning scenery. It is a well maintained trail, easy to follow, and a great starting...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a wonderful view / trek down a well manicured trail. All beautiful / good except the mule poop piles and mule urine pools and flies (most of which don't bite but some do up at the trailhead closer to the mule stalls/pens. We went...More

Thank CuratedTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We began in the chilly (25 degree) early morning with patches of snow evident in mid May. The Lodge had just reopened for the season. With stunning views and a steady pace, it became clear within the first hour of hiking that jackets needed to...More

Thank timjstark
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very strenuous hike. I had done Angels Landing, Vernal Falls, and Hidden Canyon earlier in the trip, but this one was the worst! The stench from the mules, the pools of mule pee and piles of mule poop was too much for...More

2  Thank vrz
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Wow! What an amazing, challenging hike! My husband and I hiked Rim to Rim, North Kaibab trail to the Bright Angel Trail in 1 day. We added the Ribbon Falls detour on which ended up being one of my favorite parts of the day. We...More

Thank Rachel V
Reviewed April 18, 2017

We started the hike down from the North Rim with a friend at 4am, as a part of R2R2R hike. It was dark and we did not see anything else as the wall on one side of the trail and deep nothing on the other...More

Thank tom733
Reviewed March 9, 2017

We just went last week. Trail was covered in ice. It was nerve racking enough, but that added something extra. However, I went with my two boys (16 and 11) and we all three loved it. We only went down to Ooh Aah Point, as...More

Thank Gregg Y
Reviewed November 16, 2016

This is an unbelievably great hike! The views are constantly changing as you go into the canyon. It is a long and steep trail and recommended only for people that are in good shape. It is challenging mentally and physically but so very worth it....More

1  Thank P1122XJmikes
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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!
October 20, 2016|
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Response from ROSS B | 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