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Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls via North Kaibab Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls via North Kaibab Trail is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from October until May.

Length 11.9 mi Elevation gain 1,945 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (1)

Note: Users report that the bridge is closed. Please be cautious when hiking and refer to the park page for updates. This trail begins from Phantom Ranch. You will need to hike into Phantom Ranch. The walk to Phantom Ranch is approximately 7.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail (average hiking time is 4-5 hours down) and 10 miles on the Bright Angel Trail (average hiking time down is 4-6 hours, average hiking time up is 6-10 hours).

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Ty Truong
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Hiking

Moderate hike despite the length. It does go up a bit, some 2000 feet, but that’s over 6 miles so it’s not that strenuous. I noticed there was a few rock slides or falls on the trail, one that had to be just overnight because I passed by that part the day previously and the trail was clear then. So keep aware. It was winter time, which is a bad time for that since I believe water in the rocks freeze and expands causing cracks. You’re in the box for about half the hike, then it opens up the last half of the hike towards the falls. There are a few creek crossings but luckily there are bridges. However the final bridge creek crossing right before Ribbon Falls is actually out at the time of this posting, so you have to cross the creek on foot. It’s fairly easy to cross though at the current water levels, there are a few rocks to step on. Obviously, might be different after a storm so be cognizant. Ribbon falls is a beautiful little nook like area. Take some pictures and chill, then make the hike back. Probably a good place to hide from the heat if you are making a rim to rim hike in the hotter months.

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Lori M
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HikingOff trail

This is a great hike. The trail goes through a canyon while paralleling the creek, alternating sides with bridges to cross over. It is fairly level with some sections of rolling hills. I hiked November 11, 2019 and the bridge is out to the falls. There is a sign that points to a trail that takes you to the creek where you cross. From there it is not always clear which direction to go but you can see/hear the falls in the distance which helps. I would rate this hike as moderate.

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Leigh Budd
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Bridge out

bridge is still out and looks like it may be for a while however the detour while narrow is certainly passable. Creek crossing was knee deep. worth the trip, spectacular stop!

Kristen Dufresne
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HikingBridge outOff trailOver grown

Took the "via creek" route because of the notice that the bridge was out. was a tough to follow trail but the falls were well worth it!

Amy Rolandi
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RIchard Kolic
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Hiking

À Nice trail along the river with smooth but certain slope. No difficulty. A nice falls at arrival

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Sandra Wanstall
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Loved this hike!

Tony Milano
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Hiking

This was a casual hike compared to the rim ascent/descent. The signs basically say it's a 12 mile RT from Phantom Ranch. We had 3 different GPS watches in our group and they all came in around 18-19 miles round trip. It's a pretty cruise-y trail so there are not a lot of elevation changes, so we were able to maintain a pretty good pace and even then it took us about 6 hours round trip, not including the hour we spent at the falls. 3 mph+ for 6 hours is at least 18 miles RT. Falls were worth it though. Heading north, you come to a sign that says 'Ribbon Falls via Bridge" that points straight/right. It will take you up a decent hill before coming down to the bridge. I guess they purposely steer people that way because you are able to go left at that sign, but there is a water crossing (at least as of 10/21) that required you to take off your shoes or get submerged.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Doable in a single day - it's practical to go back because of transport. I did it in 10.5 hours. It's smart to leave before sunrise. Think about bringing water, not every water source was open when I went. Anyway, it's a great hike. Going down the canyon is THE thing to do over there. Hiking on the rim isn't the same - you'll get the full experience of the size of the canyon! Also, if you have to choose south rim vs north rim...I'd vote for south rim because it's closer to the colorado river. You also have more decent choices (hermit, britgth angel, tanner)

Jason Doll
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Hiking

This was my favorite part of the Canyon, the hike was not difficult and the falls was worth the walk, gorgeous spot!

Michele Neel
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This was doable after coming down south kaibab and spending nights at phantom ranch. Relatively flat but new stunning scenery around every bend. Spent a very refreshing few hours at the falls to recharge before returning.

Bill Crain
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Backpacking

Beautiful portion of the trail. Did it as part of a rim to rim and back again... The most awesome hike I've done to date.

Rebecca Drexler Tweedle
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Hiking
First to Review

Mostly shaded and relatively flat. Ends at a beautiful and cold waterfall with moss covered cone rock.

Madeline Rodriguez
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Cassie Forman
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Amanda L-C
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Alexander Price
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Daralynn Parker
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Gail Haygood
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Ty Truong
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Neeraj E.
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Neeraj E.
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Paul Birmingham
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Daniel Saei
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Kimberly Richards
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Sam Skvor
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Miguel Gonzales
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Helen Crews
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