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Cape Final Trail

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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  • A view is always better when it is earned!- Cape Final Trail
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  • Parking area at the trail head.- Cape Final Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mostly level. Pleasant wooded trail. Spectacular views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
69.00 ft (21.03 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,847.00 ft (2,391.77 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There are plenty of trails on the Grand Canyon's North Rim that have great views, but there may not be a hike more pleasant and more rewarding than the Cape Final Trail. As part of a full day's exploration of the Cape Royal Road with all of its wonderful overlooks, the Cape Final Trail would be the highlight. The combination of a pleasant forest trail and killer views is hard to beat.

From the parking area the trail climbs gently through open ponderosa pine forest with little signs of the fires that have struck much of the North Rim area. There is a little climbing and descent as the trail traverses the branch of the rim that comprises Cape Final, and you'll see a few tantalizing views on the left as the end of the trail approaches the point. With a short rock scramble up to the end of the point, the entire 180-degree vista of the canyon comes into view. There are lots of rocks to climb with varying degrees of vertigo potential, and the photo opportunities are endless. For the fortunate, there is one designated backcountry campsite right at the edge of the rim--not for sleepwalkers!

 

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