North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a hike along North Kaibab Trail. The difficulty of this 14 km (8.7 mi) trek depends on how far you want to push yourself. For a shorter version, head in as far as the first attraction, a set of tunnels just 1.7 km (1 mi) from the start. There you can explore, take a break, and return by a mule ride. Farther along, the trail rises steadily higher, rewarding you with views of springs and waterfalls as you climb. Be sure to stay hydrated on this challenging hike; it can be extremely hot. Other hazards such as flash floods and encounters with wildlife are rare, but possible, so be prepared. You can camp along the way (only with a permit) at sites located 6.9 km (4.3 mi) and 13.8 km (8.6 mi) in. To visit North Kaibab Trail and other attractions in Grand Canyon National Park, use our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning app .
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  • The North Kaibab Trail is the least visited of the three maintained trails at Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Because it also is the most difficult trail in the park. Almost 1,000 feet higher at the ...  more »
  • We hiked the North Kaibab Trail last week (late September). The weather was great, the hiker traffic was reasonable, and the views of the canyon walls were spectacular. But I will never again choose a...  more »
  • North Kaibab is similar but different from South Kaibab. It is certainly greener and colder from South Kaibab. If you are camping at trail head go prepared with jackets and warm cloths for the night.  more »
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