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Uncle Jim Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 731 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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Getting There

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from North Rim Entrance: Drive southward along North Rim Drive to the North Kaibab Trailhead. Turn left into the parking area and locate the trailhead on the eastern side of the lot.

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Mary Tolle
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Hiking

This trail was amazingly beautiful. Spectacular views for part of tail and 1/2 of loop. Nice hike through forest for rest. Can’t believe someone only gave it 3 stars!!

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dav h
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Alecia Grimes
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Horseback ridingGreat!

The view was spectacular and we rode the miles out there so hiking wasn’t to problem. I highly suggest the north rim for it is less busy then the south.

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Jack Friesl
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Hiking

The viewpoint at the end is amazing but the trail is an unremarkable trip through the woods with way too much horse poop to dodge.

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Julie Harter
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Hiking

Great trail mostly through the woods. Gets to a beautiful area of the Grand Canyon.

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Cristopher M
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Janet Wilson
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fred fulford
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nice easy trail. dont go to the popular start point that the long one into the canyon. it up past the toilets. nice little trek with great views at the look out. very sandy in places.

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Serena Posluszny
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Hiking

This was a nice trail, but it was very easy and there weren’t many exciting things to see, it was not what we were planning for / expecting so it was a bit disappointing for us but it was still a nice trail. This is what I’d call a “walk in the park”.

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Tiffany Huett
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Hiking

More like moderate due to having to hike the Ken Patrick trail for a mile before getting to the official start of Uncle Jim. It really kicked my butt since I'm quite out of shape. The views were excellent!

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Morica Reinsch
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Hiking

Beginning of trail difficult to find, you have to go past the mule pen to start the trail. Good view from the overlook. Pretty sandy and rocky. Saw lots of baby regal horned lizards.

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Craig Studer
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Walking

Nice trail, well marked just follow the mule poops.. Varied environments, good views, not too difficult. Hiked it in 2.5 hrs. Saw 7 mule deer & horned toads of varied sizes.

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Yiji Huang
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Hiking

Very boring trail, it takes 3 hours to return, doesn’t worth the time for that very limited view..Plenty of magnificent views along the rim, don’t waste time on Uncle Jim.

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sky maek
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Phyllis Ardagh
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HikingBugs

This is a great introduction trail to the beauty of the. North Rim. The trail had a lot of ups and downs and spectacular views of the canyon. Lightly trafficked, perfect in the mornings or mid day since the forest offers protection from the sun.

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Emma and Rick Evans
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Hiking

A really great easy walk at the North Rim with some spectacular and less-than-typical views of the Canyon. Good chance of spotting some local wildlife as well, just keep and eye out for the horse droppings near the trailhead.

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Meredith Gilliatt
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Nice little trail to get some solitude and a nice view at the point when you only have a couple hours to hike. Thumbs up! Forest peaceful, green, pleasant today. Saw a docile mule deer as well.

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Kaitlyn Howard
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HikingBugsRocky

Mule poop along trail, but doesn't bother us! welcome to nature.

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Kailey Knetzer
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Hiking

Did this hike just to get the medallion for running the Grand Canyon half marathon. Was impressed with the break throughs in the trees that opened up to panorama views of the canyon and the overlook at the very end was well worth it. Not a busy trail AT ALL. I think we saw maybe 6 people the whole hike out there. Beware at night the mosquitoes are brutal.

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Jim House
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Hiking

The final view from the loop of the trail is great. Getting there was the challenge due to poorly marked spur that gets you off of the Ken Patrick trail to the Uncle Jim Loop. Just remember for each fork in the trail...take a right. We spent 45 minutes at the point for lunch and just looking at the views. You can get a good view of the Kaibab trail that leads down into the canyon. Binoculars will allow you to see hikers on the trail.

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Andrew B
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We were told this would be a great, easy trail with great views. However, it was basically a mule trail and between the rocks, mud and mule poo, there is nothing to see or enjoy except a sad looking, dead tree or fallen tree forest. To get to the loop, it is a continuous, winding up and down path with the above mentioned objects...! There are only two views; the rest of the supposed rim trail you are just walking through forest. The focal point, overlook view is a disappointment and nothing you couldn’t have seen from the visitor centre and around. The other of the two views is of the canyon wall (so no classic Grand Canyon view) which is very similar to the view behind the visitor center. My wife and I have been to all the national parks in Utah and Arizona and this was the most disappointing trail. We like walking and enjoy hiking; we have never given a negative review of a trail.

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ETB Travel Photography
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Hiking

The distance described includes the walking on Ken Patrick Trail to Uncle Jim Trail. The trail travels through a sparse forest with a lot of fallen trees. It isn't that pretty in the fall/winter though you are blessed with solitude. No mules or people. An overlook of the Grand Canyon all to yourself...that part is great (and you can see the North Kaibab Trail that descends into the canyon). I imagine in the summer, the welcome shade and a few wildflowers would make it more appealing, though then you'll be sharing the trail with the masses. For more details: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/11/13/grand-canyons-north-rim/

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Dave Burch
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Great way to spend a few hours enjoying solitude at The Canyon. ĺ

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David Bencaz
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Hiking

Great hike. When you get to the point where the trail loops back (at the mule hitching posts), make sure you take the short trail out and back to to the point to get the best views. Spectacular view of Bright Angel Canyon and across to the South Rim and beyond. Took the loop in the counter-clockwise direction. Made this hike in late July with my wife and 5 year old. It's not too strenuous. Temperature was very nice and weather beautiful.

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Casey Slatts
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It's a nice little trail that has really cool fossils and ends at the rim with a nice view of the north canyon. We found a cool spot (rock poking out into the canyon covered in fossils.. Mostly brachiopods) to sit and have lunch with a great view of the canyon. Trail is flat and very easy.. Prob great for kids.

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