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Uncle Jim Trail

EASY 37 reviews
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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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 731 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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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4 hours ago

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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10 days ago

so so

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bugs
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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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rocky
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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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2 months ago

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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rocky
2 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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/

Saturday, November 04, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, September 21, 2012

Love the north rim! This trail is a nice walk out to Uncle Jim Point where you can take in and photograph Bright Angel Canyon. Other than that view, which includes part of the north Kaibab trail, it is a pleasant 5 mile walk in the woods. The TH is located on the north end of the North Kaibab Trailhead parking lot near the mule corrals. The mules share this trail with people and the ground can be a bit cluttered and there's no mistaking the barnyard smells. You start on the Ken Patrick trail and go right on the Uncle Jim trail at the signpost. Further along, you have a choice of going either right or straight creating the "loop" returning to this location. Going right is a bit more uphill challenging with a few moderate elevation changes. Overall, a pleasant hike in the woods. Our September trek was shirtsleeves and enjoyed a lunch at the mule hitching area at the point.

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