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“Hike ruined by mule dung”
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.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The first hour and a half of the hike down to the tunnel is shared with people riding mules. Mules doo what mules do! The stench almost made us turn back. We have since instituted a no mule rule for choosing hiking trails.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

To make it easy I just put here the summary and review of a whole hike which include the review to this topic.

We did a 2-day Rim to Rim hike starting from North Rim via the North Kaibab Trail down to Phantom Ranch and on the next day via the Bright Angel Trail back to the South Rim. It started on Day 1 with the Transcanyon Shuttle, which departed at 1:30pm at the South Rim from Bright Angel Lodge. They drive in a convoy of several smaller busses of up to 10ish people. Fee was 85$ which is ok for the 4h30min ride. They stopped two times for a break. I would highly recommend this service. Staff is very organized and friendly. We arrived around 6pm at the North Rim Campground. We got our camping spot and camped there for the night. The general store has everything what you need. Don't forget the earplugs. The next morning we enjoyed a coffee at the store and took of for the hike at 8am. The North Kaibab Trail in short us awesome and really beautiful. From the Cottonwood Campground further to the Phantom ranch was partially exposed to the sun which is a little rough around noon time. Overall we loved the trail and it is one if our favorites now. We arrived at the Phantom Ranch and had a permit for the Campground. This csmpground is extremly beautiful directly next to the river where we took a bath. We also had a reservation for a SteakDinner and Breakfast at the Phantom Ranch. 40$ seems to be a little high but the food was very good. The family kind restaurant served huge steaks, medium cooked with salat, baked potatoe and sour cream, peas, corn, corn bread. It was perfect after the long hike. A beer for 4$ was one more Pro on my list :) .. We had the early bird breakfast at 5, pancakes with sirup, coffee, tea, peaches, bacon and eggs ... perfect starter. We loved this place and would loved to stay here longer, however, this mornig we started our 2nd and final hike to the South Rim via Bright Angel trail. This trail is also awesome though it goes almost always uphill, first miles only little but the final miles of this 10mi hike is kind of challenging. There are enough drink water stations, which was one reason why we didn't choose the South Kaibab Trail. We also did additional 3mi hike to the plateau, which should be done to see the Colorado river and the beautiful mountains around. This starts near to the Indian Campground. Overall again a very scenic hike though tough and demanding imo.

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Reviewed August 15, 2012

this was a definate highlight, i reccommend to anyone who seeks an adventure, we took some great photos of the wildlife and our grandson loved being outdoors.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

good hike on the trail has water locations and nice view of canyon wide enough trails for hikers and donkeys

Thank d a
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

This trail is a great trail to hike. There are parts that are shaded and the ground relatively level. I would take this trail when the mules aren't on them - since the mules have the right of way and hikers have to stand to the side to let the mules pass.

Thank MaryAnneNaperville
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