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Super randonnée faite avec mes enfants de six et sept ans. Nous sommes descendus jusqu'au pont. La remontée est longue mais sacs difficulté. Le sentier est en excellent état et il y a un point d'eau à mi-parcours (juste avant le tunnel), pratique pour faire le plein à l'aller comme au retour). On ne voit pas le grand Canyon mais un canyon parallèle. Des points de vue majestueux néanmoins. Je recommande vivement.

great views of the canyon

great views. leave early, the hike up is step and hot. mules dont go past the tunnel.

23 days ago

Nice point overlook at the end. Mostly shaded the entire dintance. Good for families with small children as there are no sharp dropoffs to worry about until the very end.

backpacking
1 month ago

steep down, bring poles to save knees if doingrim to rim...glorious.

This quick and easy trail was right next to the visitors center at the North Rim. I just stopped through the North Rim on the way to Utah, not expecting to hike, and I was able to breeze through this short trail. This is a simple out and back with gradual elevation changes and many ledges to climb up and take pictures of the canyon from. One other note: I might not recommend this hike to someone with a fear or heights. The North Rim is already a high elevation, and this trail does take you right out into the canyon, and it does get a little narrow sometimes.

Amazing views! Right next to lodge and visitors center makes it easy to do!

This trail wasn’t fun at all. There is a constant smell of mule crap and urine the whole way, basically you’re hiking on sand and in a petting zoo. I took someone’s recommendation and stopped at the tunnel and I’m really glad I did. The way back up is more difficult because of that sand but I wouldn’t say it any worse than moderate. The overwhelming stench from the mules is the biggest problem with this trail and I don’t feel like the views are worth it. It took me 87 minutes to go down to the tunnel, take a picture and then climb back up. Bottom line I would not recommend this trail.

2 months ago

A pretty hike through the forest to sweeping vistas. There are a couple campsites at Cape Final - would be great to see the sunset and sunrise this way.

We really enjoyed this trial! 2 adults and 2 kids (age 7 and 9) were able to complete this down, rest for 20 minutes and back up in just under 3 hours. Some parts the dust is a bit hard to walk through and we had to wait for 2 mule groups to pass us as well. Oh yeah, get ready for mule poop :)

This is the only way into the canyon from the north side and it is not as steep as the south side.

Technically for this far down the North Kaibab trail - you are actually not looking at Grand Canyon, but it is still beautiful.

Enjoy!!

Great short trail from the lodge / visitor center area. Pretty simple walk and was well paved. At one point you see a lot of people climbing up on rocks for a different view but you can stay on the path too

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail if you have a dog at the North Rim. Yes, as the others said, you do not get canyon views, but it is really nice nature and pretty simple hike that starts and ends at the visitor center / lodge parking lot. Technically, the first 5+ miles of the Kaibab trail you do not see "the Grand Canyon" (you see another canyon) so enjoy the dogs in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

Sweeping views from the North Rim. Short stroll, worth a stop.

Beautiful view, enjoy it on the way down cuz you pay for it on the way up. We thought to turn around at the 3 mile, decided to turn at the 1.5 mile, best choice! So worth it!!

full of wonder!!

One of my most favorite spots on the planet! Hands down! The colors of the canyon from the North Rim are deep and rich and touch my very soul. ❤️

Beautiful hike! Not easy.

Easy trail with spectacular canyon views...best to hike on sunny late afternoons when lengthening shadows can make these views even more impressive.

Completed June 11, 2017. Went all the way to Manzanita Rest Area and then back up to the North Rim. Joined by two backpackers who we picked up a few days before and became friends with. My longest day hike ever up until that point.

10 months ago

a very well shaded trail, due to our time constraints we didn't step off the trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon. all in all its a decent hike, not too moderate.

Although an easy trail, its just so easy to lose your footing due to numerous beautiful views. Good thing it's a short hike.

North Kaibab is the only North Rim trail that actually goes down into the Grand Canyon, so it was on my “must hike” list. The trail goes all the way down but Supai Tunnel is a good stopping point for a half day hike. There is a restroom and water at the tunnel making it an ideal resting place before beginning the strenuous hike back up.

The views were gorgeous, of course, and i loved watching the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. There isn’t much shade so bring sunscreen, hats, and water. Also, it is hotter in the canyon than on the plateau. The path is wide and well defined, but not railed. This trail was more heavily trafficked than the others that I visited during my stay. The trail is also used by people taking mule rides down into the canyon, so watch out for mule poop.

So overall: great hike, observable wildlife, very strenuous return hike, beautiful views (but not the best), moderate traffic, and mule poop.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fun hike! The trail is fairly flat and easy, but not super well defined, so you get to do some climbing and ducking as you hike. Also, there is no obvious end to this hike, so we went probably an extra half mile before realizing we’d gone “too far.” We didn’t see any other hikers at all, so the isolation and immersion into nature on this trail was amazing. Great scenic views, obviously. :) I would love to hike this trail again after the snow melts and see some water in the springs.

Spectacular scenery, but the trip out is tough. Plan your hike around the temps. You share this trail with the mule/riders too, so they add a little to the hike. We went to the tunnel and turned back. Wife and I are 40's son is 17 and daughter is 12. Pack enough water.

10 months ago

Loved this trail! Well marked and lightly trafficked (which is good when you need someone to take your picture at one of the many lookout points). Didn't take us too long so worked out for us to make a day of doing these shorter hikes in the area.

This is hard. Two groups of mule travelers I met going down and one group going up (hikers have to give way to the mule groups). The mules go as far as Supai tunnel and have turned the trail into soft powder plus manure and mule urine. Makes walking much harder than it otherwise would be. After Supai tunnel trail becomes firm. There never is any let up in terrain - you are either going down or climbing up. No places to catch your breath. The views are amazing but you better be in very good shape to go this far down the trail and back up as a day hike. Thought hike was harder than the distance and elevation gain would suggest. consumed 6 liters of water on this hike. You can refill at Supai tunnel.

I went to the bridge and back, not to the camp. Great hike, not too crowded and be sure to watch out for the mule poo!!!

11 months ago

This Is NOT dog friendly. Many signs saying "no dogs" at the trail. You can only go on the bridle path in the park or Kaibab trail or Rainbow Rim #10 with dogs around the park.

11 months ago

The first part is great right on the rim with wonderful views then it ducks into the woods until the campground. But it is the only trail you. Can take the dogs on here, so it does the job. Also lots of nice shade from the trees a respite from the desert below.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great trail to get away from the crowds!

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