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North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs

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  • The North Kaibab Trailhead.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Beautiful views abound throughout the entire trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The first glimpse of the trail to come.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Coconino Overlook.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Travel in pairs, and bring lots of water!- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The trail features 360-degree views!- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Mules take the trek too!- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Walking along the rim on the North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The Supai Tunnel heading down the trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Dramatic dropoffs along the North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Rugged sandstone canyon country along the North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The red cliffs along the North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Blooming redbud flowers.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Redwall Bridge.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Standing on Redwall Bridge.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Hiking along the rim along North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The trail carves right into the cliff.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Redwall Limestone.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Dramatic canyon vistas along the North Kaibab Trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Trekking poles are recommended for this trail.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • First views of Eye of the Needle.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Trail wrapping around Eye of the Needle.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Don't look down!- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • The North Kaibab Trail was completed in 1928.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps was in charge of keeping these trails passable.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Roaring Springs.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Supai Tunnel.- North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
  • Beautiful pink, grey, and white cliffs spotted through Supai Tunnel heading up the trail. - North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Birdwatching.
Cons: 
Mule traffic. Seasonally crowded.
Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
9.30 mi (14.97 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
8,241 ft (2,512 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
3,907 ft (1,191 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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North Kaibab Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in Arizona. The long day hike from the trailhead to Roaring Springs offers incredible views, birdwatching, and wildflowers from beginning to end. It is not a trail for the faint of heart, but it is well maintained and well shaded unlike the south rim trails.

Make sure to bring plenty of water. There are water stations at the bathroom near Supai Tunnel and again at the ranger station below Roaring Springs, but none are available thereafter until the Cottonwood Campground. Snacks are also a must! It's a long day—from six to nine hours—so make sure to stayed fueled throughout the hike.

If you chose to run the trail, make sure to watch for blind switchbacks. Mule trains frequent this trail for rides and hauling. When you encounter a mule train, please step to the side of the trail and wait for them to pass. 

Mules have played an integral part in creating and maintaining these trails. Even before the completion of the North Kaibab Trail in 1928, mule teams have been used to haul supplies and people from rim to rim. If you'd like a ride down the trail on a mule, find more information at the visitor center or at the trailhead.

Overall, this is a highly recommended trail! The North Rim as a whole is a must-see if you find yourself in Arizona. They have beautiful cabins you can stay in for as low as $143/night.

The trail is closed from October 15 to May 15.

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