North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs

MODERATE 39 reviews
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North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3540 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!!!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Just did this trail in early August - but I only went to Redwall Bridge as it was my second hike of the day and I didn't want to start back too late.
It's pretty strenuous but a really nice way to get the vibe of the canyon, as opposed to wood trails and overlooks.
One thing that you must know is that for the first mile, two miles, there is so much mule poop that it is occasionally overwhelming. Literally the whole length and width of the trail, for sections as long as 10-20meters, as completely covered in mule crap and urine. like literal cesspools. you will get muile crap on your shoes. you can not avoid it.
when you're descending, you can kind of scamper past these sections quickly, but on the ascent back up, gasping for air from the elevation change, it's really unpleasant.
Hard to dock a star from an otherwise amazing experience, but it was that bad.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

It was a nice view of the canyon, but the roaring springs were a little underwhelming. The group expected something more from such a long hike. There was also so much mule poop! If I were to go again, I may just go right past Supai tunnel to where you can see the bridge and the canyon and come back.

hiking
5 months ago

I would rate this as difficult just because of the climb back up to the rim in hot weather. Great trail; took us a bit to find the water at Roaring Springs, someone yelled at us and we turned a hard right and walked further down to the bathroom area.

5 months ago

Such a beautiful way to see the Grand Canyon! Very special to be IN it instead of just observing from above. In my opinion, downhill can be the hardest, since there is so much control required, so it's nice to get that out of the way first. But man is the uphill a killer! Bring PLENTY of water, and snacks for a nice lunch break at one of the outlooks.

5 months ago

Views are good but there was way too much Mule poop everywhere to enjoy the hike! Maybe we went immediately right after the mule tour since there were a lot of steamy surprises

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I started the hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and the mules (mules have right of way on the trail). Descending the canyon is easy and won't take much time. The canyon views are amazing. The falls at roaring springs were pretty but no drinking water was available on the day I hiked. Ascending the canyon was strenuous but I was lucky that the clouds provided ample shade that day. Definitely felt the altitude climbing up. Would highly recommend this trail.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely way to get impressed by the immense Grand Canyon. Start really really early on warm days and take the return trip seriously: not only the heat and the endless steep climb, but also the altitude will get at you. Going down is really treacherously easy, and it's so beautiful that you'll want to round another bend again and again and again... Keep your head cool and stick to what you can physically accomplish.
The waterfalls near Roaring Springs were impressive, very loud & large. There was NO drinking water at Roaring Springs (there was at Supai Tunnel however).
On the trail from North Kaibab to Roaring Springs I nearly stepped on a large rattler, that was heating up on the trail. It's the very venomous Grand Canyon Rattlesnake, so keep your eyes open here.

6 months ago