North Rim Hiking Trails

Take your pick of hiking options at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 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 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. The hike is only a half mile long and takes 30 minutes to complete.

The Uncle Jim Trail

The Uncle Jim 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. It is a decent hike that is five miles long and should take around three hours to complete.

Widforss Trail

Blending forest and canyon scenery, the Widforss Trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area, This is a longer hike that is 10 miles long, round trip, and will take about 4 to 5 hours total to complete.

Ken Patrick Trail

The Ken Patrick Trail takes you on a winding trip through the forest and along the Rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. This is a very long hike that is 20 miles round trip and will take hikers about 12 hours to complete.

North Kaibab Trail

The North Kaibab Trail is the only maintained trail in the canyon from the North Rim. This hike 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 is a strenuous hike that is 9.4 miles, one way and will take six to eight hours to complete. This is one of the least visited trails at the North Rim, but it is the hardest so please plan accordingly before heading out to the trailhead.

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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