Looking for a great trail in Kaibab National Forest, Arizona? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Kaibab National Forest ranging from 1.3 to 38.5 miles and from 6,430 to 8,677 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Kaibab National Forest encompasses most of the Kaibab Plateau, with a boundary bordering Grand Canyon National Park. A visitor center is located at Jacob Lake, 30 miles south and east of Fredonia at the junction of highways US 89A and AZ 67.

on Vishnu Trail

hiking
5 days ago

I like this little trail. It’s very easy, and if you’re enjoying Kaibab for the day and taking a break from the busy Grand Canyon, it’s a nice change of pace. Take the time to climb up the watchtower nearby.

The last forest road wasn’t 706 but the sign told where to turn. At the fork in the road turn right. The parking lot has no sign. Nobody there on a beautiful fall afternoon with beautiful views of Sycamore Canyon and the Peaks. My phone said it was only 2.5 miles round trip.

High winds kept us from going to the top. About 4 hour R/T, 1750' gain to our stopping point at 8900'. First 1.5-2 miles is fairly flat, then it climbs out nicely. Some recent trail clearing made this all passable sans one downed tree. Only one car on the dirt road, no one else on the trail on a Sunday. Nice views with fall colors starting near the top.

Just a short walk on Kai-Vav-Wi Nature Trail #34 and part of the Jacob Lake Campground loops.

hiking
22 days ago

great trail. did this at the end of summer, so not a ton of flowers, but magnificent vistas of the canyon and nice lily ponds

on Dude Mountain

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

Nice morning walk great to watch sun come up

Did this as a 3-day/2-night backpacking trip. First day went to upper Tapeats campsite--a long 10-mile day given hauling a gallon to cache at the esplanade. The trail passes through a variety of terrain, with flat/easy miles between bands of cliffs. The spring is incredible--a large stream gushing out of the cliff, beautiful. 2nd day hiked down to the Colorado using the trail on the west of Tapeats. This was much more challenging and scary than expected--lots of climbs far above the river (to avoid cliffs) on narrow trails with a lot of exposure. But no river crossings. On the way back we took the trail on the east side, which had 2 crossings--a little nervous from fast-moving water, but OK. Trekking poles highly recommended throughout! Note that the lower part of both routes start on the west side with a very steep climb up a gully. At least that's the way we did it. Then the east side trail starts with crossing the creek. Then we continued up to a site above the spring for the 2nd night, loading up on water at the spring (beautiful, with delicious cool water). Then out the 3rd day, picking up cached water on the way. We were very glad we broke up the hike out that way.

hiking
1 month ago

What’s not to love about this trail/loop! Water, shade, wild flowers. Most of it fairly flat but nice incline be fore getting back to the car. I did the loop clock wise form the Dow Spring parking lot. Truly enjoy all 11 miles!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! very peaceful, not a soul in site

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

QUESTION: Anyone set up camp when they did this loop?

Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. Trees were magnificent! We started early to finish before the heat of the day. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. The road walk at the top was actually sort of nice--gave us a chance to not watch our footing as much and breath easier. Lots of sticks, rocks, and loose soil so watch footing on the way down. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Oh, well. Hope they made it up and down okay. Great hike! Would absolutely do again!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Did this trail yesterday to ease into the elevation difference here from Zion. It was exactly what we needed: plenty of shade, easy to find, and fairly easy to climb. Loved the smell of the trees! The forest service road to get there was a bit more rough than expected. Had to wait on huge herd of sheep on the way out to the trailhead. That was a first for us!

Rated as moderate by Alltrails. Depending on physical fitness level, could be easy. Starting from Camp site A, it was approximately 6 miles. Trail was marked well with little elevation gain over the 3 miles out. Completed the hike in 2 hours and 29 minutes. Plenty of shade, but bring at least 2litters of H2o as it is about mid 80's now. Earlier start recommended. Not much of a "view" from the top due to the large pines. However, it is a magnificent hike to soak in nature.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. It felt nicely maintained and wasn’t too difficult. I’d bring my friends here that aren’t as used to elevation gain since it wasn’t a huge intense climb. Nice and shaded. Was hoping for a better view at the summit however there were still nice views on the way up.

hiking
2 months ago

We love this trail! It's fun year round and easy for my 4 yr old.

hiking
2 months ago

Love the trail. It was fairly easy, but the fly are the worst! Definitely wear bug spray.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

running
2 months ago

Rocky Single Track and Paved Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Short but steep hike. Arrival in conifers with shade and fresh air!

Was all set to climb Humphreys and the fire hit. This did not disappoint. Don't let the 1st half mile concern you. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. A beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail extremely well marked until a couple sections at the end. Awesome views, and not much elevation gain overall. Plenty of good overlooks to stop at to relax/eat. Great hike overall.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike!! GREAT views, the AllTrails map is incorrect but the trail is very easy to follow. The last half mile is switchbacks to the top, where you find a maned Fire Lookout, he was friendly and informative! Flys were bad, but all in all good hike! And we were the only ones on the trail!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail today and truly enjoyed it start to finish. It's a gradual incline but you can definitely feel it as you reach the top. Plenty of shade cover from the beautiful pine trees, awesome breezes helped keep us cool on this summer day. Toilets and plenty of parking at the trailhead near Dogwood Lake camping and picnic area.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike, sinkhole is dry though so that was a bummer. Beautiful cliffs though!

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