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North Rim Hiking Trails

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Take your pick of hiking options. And keep a look out for California condors, regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world. By the 1980's fewer than two dozen condors lived in the wild. Grand Canyon National Park has participated in the condor reintroduction program with encouraging results, making the park one of the easiest places to view California Condors.

Bright Angel Point Trail
Set out on foot along a self-guided nature trail to reach Bright Angel Point, just a short walk from Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim. This easy, self-guided nature trail leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. Here you can see and hear the Roaring Springs more than 3,000 feet below the Rim. (One-half mile, 30 minutes)

The Uncle Jim Trail
This trail winds through the alpine forest to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. It begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (Five miles, three hours)

Widforss Trail
Blending forest and canyon scenery, this trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area, one mile on the dirt Point Sublime Road, one-quarter mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (10 miles, six hours)

Ken Patrick Trail
This trail winds through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. (10 miles one way, 12 hours)

North Kaibab Trail
The only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim gives hikers an appreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. A full day should be allowed for a trip to Roaring Springs and back. This hike is strenuous. (9.4 miles, six to eight hours)

Note: Day hikes beyond Roaring Springs are not recommended. Some of the best times to enjoy these hikes are May, September and early October.

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