Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls on North Kaibab Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls on North Kaibab Trail is a 14.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until February.

14.2 miles
3,812 feet
Point to Point



nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

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).

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Loved this hike!

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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)

9 months ago

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

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

8 months ago

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