Ken Patrick Trail from Point Imperial to North Kaibab Trailhead
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Ken Patrick Trail - This trail is best done as a one way hike from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab trailhead. One vehicle should be parked at the North Kaibab trailhead approximately 2.5 miles north of the Grand Canyon Lodge and the second vehicle driven to Point Imperial. Point Imperial is found by driving 1 more mile north on highway 67 from the North Kaibab trailhead parking lot and turning right at the intersection toward Cape Royal and Point Imperial. This paved road will wind through the forest for the next 9 miles and put you at the Point Imperial Parking lot. The trail begins on the southwest end of the parking lot.The Ken Patrick Trail hugs the rim of the Grand Canyon for the first 3 miles with beautiful views to the south and east. Far below is Nankoweap Creek as Mount Hayden towers above. Views on a clear day will mesmerize with shades of color that appear to be a water colored canvas. Soon the trail crosses the paved road leading to Cape Royal and follows a wooded wash to the west. As the trail leads out of the wash, evidence of a recent forest fire turns the trail intermittently from shaded forest to eerie moonscape. A few thorny locusts grew back along the trail after the fire, but it is easy to avoid these notoriously sharp bushes. Fortunately, much of the trail passing through the woods was spared from the fiery inferno. The trail has several ups and downs as shallow washes are crossed. The trail has one reasonably steep descent that switchbacks down into a meadow and then a gradual sloping wash rises back to the plateau. There are a few more sections in the remaining 6 miles that are near the rim, briefly, for some glimpses into the Grand Canyon.
Old Bright Angel & Uncle Jim Trail - The Old Bright Angel Trail intersection bears to the left as travel on the Ken Patrick Trail continues west. The last intersection to the left is the Uncle Jim Loop Hike. It is just .5 miles now to the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. Along the last half mile of the trail you may see evidence of pack animals. Besides being the last half mile of the Ken Patrick Trail, it is also the first half mile of the Uncle Jim Trail which is used by mules.
The Ken Patrick History - Ken Patrick's father, Slim, worked at Phantom Ranch and raised ken there. This beautiful place along the Colorado River, in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, would entice anyone to love the canyon. Ken did love it and he worked on the North Rim as a ranger before transferring to Point Reyes National Seashore. There he was murdered, August 5, 1973, becoming the first ranger ever killed in the line of duty. The trail was named after him.
Ken Patrick Trailhead at Imperial Point
North Kaibab Trail Parking Lot (Trailend)
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.
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