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“A Challenging Hike for Families, but Worth It!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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.
Blountsville, Alabama
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“A Challenging Hike for Families, but Worth It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Our family visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in July. We hiked a portion of the Kaibab Trail with 2 adults and 3 boys, ages 13, 9, and 7. We are a family who likes to hit the trails when we visit the National Parks and are not new to hiking. We knew that this trail would be a challenge and we were right. We hiked below the rim for a couple of miles, then had a picnic lunch before we hiked back out. The returning trip was very difficult for our party and we had to take lots of rest breaks. The temperatures were so high (1OO degrees +) that it made the hike even more of a challenge. Thankfully, we carried plenty to drink and didnt rush the hike, which made it more enjoyable. It was one of those hikes that we were happy to finally make it back to the trail head, but thankful that we took the hike. It was a memorable experience.

To read the full stroy of our family hike on the Kaibab Trail, visit my blog (MommyMiles.blogspot.com)where I have included more details.

Visited July 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Not for the faint of heart...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was the first half of a 5-day rim2rim hike for wife & me. We had done a R2R over 3 days about 10 years earlier. This time we camped at Cottonwood Camp ground to break up the long walk and to rest our over-worked feet. Going down for us is worse than going up because of strain on knees and toes. When you look at this trail from a distance sometimes it looks like you are walking on a foot-wide path near an abyss. When on it there is plenty of space left & right. Take hiking poles for security, balance and to help your knees. It is the skariest hike you'll ever love. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Visited September 2012
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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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“Roaring Springs - heaving lungs!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Superb hike - some mule crap on the first bit down to Supai Tunnel but after that it is fine (anyway the mules give you a good excuse to pull over and rest while they pass!). If you set out early and come back later you should miss most of the mules anyway (if not their exhaust fumes!). The trail down to Roaring Springs from Supai is excellent, with great views, some big drop offs and narrow cliff side paths. Don't underestimate the hike back up - it is pretty stiff and hot. Take plenty of water and food, and allow a good 5-6 hours for the round trip (more if you want to take it easy). There are water supplies and bathrooms at Roaring Springs and Supai but the water does taste a bit earthy! The parking lot at the trailhead is quite small so get there early or you will have a couple of miles to hike from the Lodge. Don't think about going further down beyond Roaring Springs into the Canyon unless you are really fit. We met some people who had done the 'down and up' and they were pretty wasted. We also met some super-fit guys who had come all the way from the South Rim that day (set out at 4am and been hiking almost 13 hours when we met them at Supai on the way back up - they were wrecked but triumphant!!

Visited September 2012
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Bellaire, MI
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“HIke to Roaring Springs!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a very scenic hike. I would highly recommend it. There are plenty of stopping places along the way for good photo opportunities. I know I sound like a broken record, but take plenty of water, and salty snacks. There is also water available at the tunnel area. There are bathrooms there and at roaring springs. We took our time and paced ourselves going down, so that we would have some energy to come back. We are 2 adults (55-65) in reasonable shape, and it took us 3 hours to descend and 3.5 hours to ascend. This included water and snack breaks, and obviously, photos. If you are looking for an interesting hike from the north rim, I would recommend this one.

Visited September 2012
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Westchester, NY
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“Hike ruined by mule dung”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2012
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