Grand Canyon North Rim Hiking
Directions to North Rim Grand Canyon: From Zion National Park, take on U-9 through the park to Mt. Carmel Jct. Turn south on US-89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to ALT 89. Fredonia, Arizona is 6 miles. In Fredonia take 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take AZ 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
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Strenuous North Rim Hiking Trails
Ken Patrick Trail - The Ken Patrick Trail is 20 miles round trip or 10 miles using a shuttle or hitchhike. Doing the hike one way, 10 mile trip, would be moderate instead of strenuous. Point Imperial is 8803' elevation and the highest place in the Grand Canyon that can be reached by car. That is where this hike will begin. Follow the rock stairway to the trailhead. The trail has a 3 mile rim section between Point Imperial and the Cape Royal road. After the views of Mt. Hayden, and many far off views (such as those of Marble Canyon), the trail then forges through the forest. It's a relatively even path and easy to follow as it stays west of the rim. The Uncle Jim Trail branches off near the end (or beginning depending on where you start) of the Ken Patrick Trail.
North Kaibab Trail - The North Kaibab Trail is a diversified trail giving plenty of variety for those who want to backpack or day hike. This is the only North Rim trail leading to the Colorado River. The trail descends beneath the rim, through the forest, for the first 5 miles leading to Roaring Springs. Roaring Springs is a waterfall with water pouring from a mauve cave into Bright Angel Creek. This creek is one of the Grand Canyon's largest tributaries and is home for beavers. Never hike past Roaring Springs in one day.
To the Coconino Overlook .75 mile one way
To Supai Tunnel 2 miles-one way
Redwall Bridge 3 miles-one way
Roaring Springs fork 4.7 miles-one way
Roaring Springs 5 miles-one way
The Esplanade - This 11 mile round trip begins on the backroad's in the Kaibab Forest. Hike down from Monument Point to an oasis of sandstone and hoodoos. This is an exhausting day hike geared for hardcore hikers only. This route will be difficult to complete in one day and is often done as a backpack in the fall or spring.
Tuweep - Hiking at and around Tuweep (Toroweap Point)
River Trip Story and Photos - Hiking in the Grand Canyon is incredible, but a trip through the Colorado River combines hiking with the river and it's unbeatable!
Snake Gulch Rock Art - This huge site of pictographs is located near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kaibab Forest in the Kanab Wilderness Area.
Nearby View Points
Crazy Jug Point - From Fredonia, Arizona, drive south on Highway 89A toward Jacob Lake for 1.5 miles and look for Forest Road 22 on the right. Turn right onto Forest Road 22 and follow the road, driving past several intersections and signs that indicate various vistas. At mile 28, notice the Big Springs Field Ranger Station. At 33 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 425, headed toward Crazy Jug and Monument Point. There is another intersection at mile 41, continue straight on Forest Road 425 to Crazy Jug Point. map
Monument Point - Follow the directions above, but continue on Road 425 past Crazy Jug. Look for a corral and a "Y" in the road at mile 43 where you will turn right on Forest Road 292. Continue for .3 miles to the next "Y" and turn right. There is one more intersection at 44.5 miles. Continue straight through it and drive 2 more miles to Monument Point. map
Directions to the Grand Canyon North Rim - From Zion National Park, travel SR-9 to Mt. Carmel Jct., then turn south on US-89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to SR-89A. Fredonia, Arizona is just a few miles away, across the Utah - Arizona border. Take SR-89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take SR-67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
North Rim Grand Canyon Location - The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 85 miles from Mount Carmel Junction, which is located on the east side of Zion National Park. Many who visit the National Parks of Southern Utah add the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to their travel plans and those visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon often visit Zion National Park.
Mt. Carmel Jct.
Zion National Park 12
Bryce Canyon 60
Grand Canyon 85
Cedar Breaks 45
Grand Staircase 9
Dixie Forest 22
Sand Dunes 11
Coyote Butte 57
Red Canyon 47
Stay in the heart of the parks, Mount Carmel Junction, and visit the treasures of the Southwest and Utah.
North Rim Grand Canyon Information