Rim-to-Rim: North Kaibab to Grand Canyon Village

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Rim-to-Rim: North Kaibab to Grand Canyon Village is a 23 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
23.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Four days across the Grand Canyon you will never forget! There is a secret to a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike: Take four days to do it, even if you can do it in one. - Spend time at Ribbon Falls? It's a destination unto itself. - Spend a couple of hours at Phantom Ranch hanging out with other hikers - Feel the incredible night breeze at Cottonwood Camp. - See the sunset at Plateau Point, which must be seen to be believed. So, take your time--take four days for the hike. Each day's trek is six miles or so, and you have all kinds of time to actually see the Canyon and marvel at its beauty. Spend your first night at Cottonwood Camp, and marvel at the lights from the North Rim Lodge twinkling a mile above you. Spend the second at Bright Angel Campground, and enjoy a steak dinner at Phantom Ranch. Spend your third night at Indian Garden, and just relax. The fourth day's hike out is much easier, since you are already nearly halfway up the south rim.

backpacking
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

24 days ago

Epic day hike. Rim2Rim in 11 hours 35 minutes. That includes a Bright Angel IPA at Phantom Ranch. Had to do it.

hiking
24 days ago

It was fun. Tough trail. Did it at night all in one day. Or should I say night.

24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great time, went Rim-Rim-Rim. Nature at its finest. Connected with the Canyon and the family! ( Wife & Daughter ). Hiked and camped the entire trip , 5 days of bliss.
Highly recommend, get your cardio in shape, running hills and hitting the stairMaster.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

I did this whole trail from South Rim to North Rim from Bright Angel TH to North Kaibab in one day. Beautiful views from the start at sunrise and throughout the canyon with magestic walls. The North section above Roaring Springs was damaged with down rocks, and some sections are steep and might there be a bit of added milage. The views are amazing and outstanding everywhere in the canyon. This was a great experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Just awesome. Take a side trip to ribbon falls. Eat lunch there. Be in shape and don't take anyone with you that isn't in great shape! I've learned this the hard way!!! Enjoy this bucket list hike

2 months ago

2 months ago

Love this route! Have done this as a teen and was very excited to see all the stars in the nite sky!!

hiking
4 months ago

R2R from south to north via Kaibab trail in one day :)
lovely views
but super hot in the bottom...
lots of water on the way so don't need to carry too much.

hiking
6 months ago

My second one day rim to rim was even better than the first. I left the north rim at 4:30 and arrived at the south rim 11-1/2 hours later with a big grin on my face. The North Kaibab Trail is my favorite part of this trip. You get real solitude (I usually solo hike) while sharing the trail with typically occasional couples. You can only appreciate the size and magnificence of the Grand Canyon when you hike to the river. This was a retirement gift to myself. The first time was in August when it topped out at 117 degrees. This time it was a comfortable 94 at the hottest. Swore that I would never do this again but upon reflection, perhaps a 70th birthday trip with a partner???

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely amazing experience, I would recommend to all. Just make sure you prepare yourself for the trip. I hiked from the South Rim to the North Rim in one day during this last summer in June. Finishing the hike was an amazing accomplishment that I will always remember and I hope to do it again soon.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

One of the greatest day hikes that you can do. Group of 4 50 year olds started at 5:45 and came up the south rim at 6. Long day but a fantastic experience all the way through. Did the hike in May 2014 and started preparing 6 months prior. We had 3 qualifying hikes of 20 plus miles to help ensure we were on track.

8 months ago