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“Little Storm ravaged” 4 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Little Storm ravaged”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The trip down the North Kaibab was spectacular. Watch yourself going down, pad your toes and read up on how to lace your boots to avoid losing toenails. The landscape is so different from the south rim - it's hard going back up but a must hike!

Visited September 2013
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New york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Long!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We had a great hike down. Wished the trails to and from Ribbon Falls was better marked. We hiked to the falls and back to the bridge and up over a huge hill, only to find out, there was an alternate, flatter trail that avoided the hill. The trail was long and the Box was very nice. Wished there were better views, but the South Kaibab made up for it.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“The Green Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Who would have thought the Grand Canyon would be so green - especially in September. We started from the North Rim trail head at 6:00 am (33 degrees - brrrrr) and heard it would take 7-8 hours of decent pace hiking to arrive at Phantom Ranch. we detoured to the Roaring Springs water station and bathrooms - if you don't need water or restroom at this point, you can skip this backtrack of trail to save some time. we did the Ribbon falls hike on the way down - highly recommend this detour. Walk up above the pool and look through the waterfall - very cool. If you feel like getting wet - you can explore the small cave in the limestone formation at the bottom of the waterfall. We also day hiked back up the trail from Phantom Ranch on our "day off" to the Phantom Creek canyon. About 1.2 miles up the trail, you'll see a stream intersect the Bright Angel Creek - you'll want Sandals/Teva's/Keen's to cross the creek and then wade (pretty shallow most of the way) up the Phantom creek - about 200 yards to a nice little waterfall. A nice short hike in the bottom of the canyon - and a much cooler place to have lunch that at Phantom Ranch.

Visited September 2013
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Bartlett, Tennessee
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“Beautiful trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We hiked the North Kaibab trail down to Phantom in one day, starting at 5:30 am. It was quite an experience. It was fairly steep the first 5-6 miles or so, then levels out a bit. There was water at Supai tunnel (2 miles down), the Roaring spring ranger house (about 5.5 miles down), and again at Cottonwood campground (7 miles down), After that there is no more water until you get to Phantom at 14 miles, so fill up at Cottonwood,to be sure you have enough to go 7 more miles and a good bit of that through the Box. The trail descends down several life zones, so you get a variety of scenery, flowers, trees, and plants. It is a very long hard hike and don't be surprised if your toes hurt and you may even lose a toenail or two. I would do it again though definitely. However, in order to enjoy it more, I may decide to get reservations at Cottonwood and spend the night.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago
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“One word-awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

An amazing trail that demonstrates all of the various levels of the geology that have evolved over the millions of years. Peaceful hike that was not over crowded in Spetember. Bring lots of water. I was amazed to see so many people with little water. Also a hat is essential to protect yourself. Bring trail mix!

Visited September 2013
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