Point Imperial Trail

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Point Imperial Trail


  • Before the hike, stop by Point Imperial Overlook!- Point Imperial Trail
  • Point Imperial Trail starts along the parking lot exit road.- Point Imperial Trail
  • Even when snowy in May, the trail is gorgeous and easy to follow.- Point Imperial Trail
  • The trail leads across a beautiful plateau near the rim.- Point Imperial Trail
  • The land of giants.- Point Imperial Trail
  • The snow provides a good opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife tracks!- Point Imperial Trail
  • Just before a beautiful vista you'll walk through a dense stand of regenerating aspen.- Point Imperial Trail
  • The first sight of the canyon from the trail.- Point Imperial Trail
  • Cowboy hats are required. - Point Imperial Trail
  • The hike to a beautiful view is easy!- Point Imperial Trail
  • One last look before you turn back on the trail.- Point Imperial Trail
  • The Point Imperial/Ken Patrick Trail junction from Point Imperial parking lot.- Point Imperial Trail
  • Snow in May. - Point Imperial Trail
  • Mount Hayden in May.- Point Imperial Trail
  • Mount Hayden from the Point Imperial parking lot.- Point Imperial Trail
  • - Point Imperial Trail
Overview + Weather
Great views. Easy hike. Family friendly. Picnic area.
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
79.00 ft (24.08 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,800.00 ft (2,682.24 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Point Imperial Trail is the perfect hike to round out a trip on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. This easy out-and-back trail is perfect for any hiker, and its grand views of Marble Canyon and Mount Hayden are highly rewarding. Although the trail is narrow and can get muddy when wet, it is easy from start to finish. From the Point Imperial Overlook parking lot you will find Ken Patrick Trail to the southwest and Point Imperial Trail to the north.

The start of the trail is a little misleading. Rather than hiking along the rim, the trail sends you north into a thinly forested area burned in the Outlet Fire of 2000 and through a brushy meadow. Although a view of the rim would be nice, the stroll through the woods is quiet and peaceful. The ponderosa here are extremely tall! In May you may get lucky with a light dusting of snow. It makes the hike that much more magical.

About halfway through the trail you'll come to Woolsey Point, which is a perfect opportunity to stop for some photos. From here you can continue along the rim, back through a forested area, and all the way to the Saddle Mountain Overlook.

Looking for a long day or overnight trek? Continue to Nankoweap Creek.

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