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Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Tuweep 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Zion Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
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In these pages you will find insiders information on the best Grand Canyon hikes and Backpacks including Tuweep and South Canyon Trails. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Grand Canyon North Rim hidden treasures.

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Grand Canyon North Rim Road Map

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 Fredona take 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take AZ 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.

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North Rim Grand Canyon - Point Sublime

Point Sublime is one of the most outstanding views at the Grand Canyon.

GPS Coordinates
WGS84 Datum

Widforss Trail Parking Lot:
36°13.4317N
112°03.9130W

Point Sublime:
36°11.9363N
112°15.0386W

Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author Tanya Milligan .

Suggested Gear: Be prepared for the rugged terrain of the Grand Canyon. Hi-tech socks are important to stave off blisters and sturdy hiking shoes are a must.

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Point Sublime

Point Sublime, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, is one of the most breathtaking vistas anywhere in the Grand Canyon! The remoteness of this area makes it less frequented than other scenic views in the park. However with a 4WD vehicle, one can drive literally onto the point and enjoy the splendor!

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Approximate driving time:
2 hours each way from Highway 67

Distance:
18 miles each direction
(Total of 36 miles on dirt road)

Driving Directions from Fredonia Arizona: Drive South on Highway 89 from Fredonia to Jacob Lake. From Jacob Lake turn right onto Highway 67 and drive approximately 42 miles, looking to the right for the turnoff to the Widforss Trailhead.

Be sure to have emergency equipment in your vehicle in case car problems arise. Pack a spare tire, a jack that works, sleeping gear, food and water in case the unforeseen occurs.

The drive is 18 miles on a reasonably maintained dirt road, however there are sections that may be rugged. Most of the drive is done through forested landscape and affords little in the way of vistas, but it is a fun drive. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Kaibab Squirrel and the pine cones they drop to the ground!

From the Widforss Point Trailhead parking lot, travel west on the dirt road for .3 miles to a "Y" intersection and turn left to the Point Sublime primitive road. The road travels through forest and then eventually into a large clearing. At the clearing there is a road that branches to the left or right. Take the right. Continue through the long clearing which ends and the remainder of the trip will be in the forest. At 10.7 miles there is a pullout on the right which affords a nice viewpoint into Crystal Canyon. Far below notice the many "temples" rising from the canyon floor. To the south offers a chance to walk out on a limestone table perched far above the canyon below. At 11.3 miles another intersection is encountered; a right at this junction goes to Firepit Swamp Point and a left turn continues to Point Sublime.

Just .5 miles after the junction another pull-out, on the left, offers some more picture-taking opportunities.

The next 6 miles of travel is done on a better surface and becomes part of the peninsula that Point Sublime is connected to. Soon the pines and firs give way to pinons, juniper and desert cactus as the road leads to what now becomes the obvious Point Sublime table top plateau. The road will continue for nearly .5 mile and end at the southern-most tip of Point Sublime. There are pinon-shaded picnic tables near the end. However the immediate 270 degree view will mesmerize; eating and resting will become secondary. There is even a small slice of the Colorado River visible to the south. This tabletop point is ideal for picnicking and even camping with the proper permit.

Remember that the road is rough in places and easier to drive in daylight, so take into consideration the time of day and time required for returning to Highway 67.

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You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.

-- John Wesley Powell

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