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Epic overlooks!

Best panoramic views of the canyon on the north rim that we saw! Easy for the whole family with paved walk paths... worth the drive out there!

Rainy day road trip to the North Rim, weather was decent, so we decided to trek below the rim on the Kaibab trail, this was our first experience at the Grand Canyon. We easily made it to the Coconino Overlook and decided to go on to the Supai tunnel, really great views, it’s easy to understand why people get down too deep and have trouble getting back up! Love the quote we heard, “going down is optional, but coming back up is mandatory!“ The canyon keeps calling you to go deeper! We started to get a pretty steady rain but we were prepared, have rain gear and appreciate clothing. We had a snack break under an overhang near the tunnel, and headed back up. We saw many trail runners who were running the entire Kaibab trail South Rim to North Rim then back to the South Rim, all in a day! Made our climb out in the rain and hail seem pretty easy! I failed to do a recording, but took us about three hours or so at a leisurely pace.

Fairly easy trail except there were a few times where we had to guess which way was the actual trail. Just past the campground and general store there was a sign but the way it was pointed was very unclear. The trail that seemed the most logical was not. We actually followed it for about 5 minutes until we reached way too steep, dangerous and it was obvious it was not the trail. So be careful! Otherwise, an incredible trail with so much wildlife in the North Rim. We then hiked back to the visitor center using the Bridle Trail which was like a "cool down"

Very challenging hike. Agree with others that there was lots of mule dung, but it didn’t really bother myself or my husband. However, we both grew up near farms in the country. The sand was difficult to hike up. Every aspect of the trail was beautiful. We especially liked the trail past the bridge because it was cliff side hiking which made it even more fun. The spring was a trickle and the restrooms were closed which was unfortunate. We both loved all parts of this trail. Wish we could have went further and camped.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is an honest wilderness trail. GCNP only allows 1 group in this zone at a time, so you have a canyon full of steep descents, bushwhacking, routefinding, complex geology, and intermittent water all to yourself. As the GCNP trail description puts it, "this is the quintessential Grand Canyon trail."

Trails are rough. The first descent is clean trail, but the sections which follow the creeks are thick with brush and easy to lose within the wash. You will get cut up and whacked in the face. Rocks can/will slide and dislodge. If possible, bring pruners/loppers to trim some of the plants obscuring the trail.

Recommend starting early, because the first couple miles descend along the west-facing side of the canyon. The Redwall descent (4.5mi in) is probably the toughest section of the trail. Steep switchbacks down rocky debris drop 650ft over about a half mile. Poles were a lifesaver for this descent/climb.

About a mile or so downstream, a bedrock stream gives way to a north-facing wall directly below Emerald Point to the east. This is a great spot for a midday siesta, and is the last water available until Shinumo Creek.

Past this point, the trail follows White Creek (look out for cairns) until jumping up onto the lower plateau to the west. this section is dry and fully exposed, and recommended for late afternoon where canyon shadows and afternoon cloud cover can work to your advantage. A final major descent is required down the shale before reaching Shimino creek, but is doable.

After reaching Shimuno, the trail criss-crosses the creek until reaching Shimuno camp, which hosts a display of old mining tools on the southeastern bank. Past this point, there are two routes to the Colorado: one which follows/intersects the creek and one which ascends a small ridgeline to the south, offering a big view of the Colorado and base of the canyon.

FUCK THAT ASCENT, it sucked and absolutely destroyed our momentum and morale. I would recommend NOT climbing 600ft at the end of the hike and say you should just try to follow the creek to the river along the bank or just strapping on some sandals and just wading down.

Completed the hike in 2 nights:
on-trail at Swamp Point by 8:00a, siesta 11:30a-2:30p, Colorado River by 7:00p.
Left Shinumo camp @ 3:40a, siesta 11:00a-3:30p, camped 3.5mi below Swamp point 5:30p. Hiked out the following morning with no issue.

This is a tough hike which will exhaust and drain all but the most dedicated to the wilderness experience.

What she said ⬇️ @alishadimmitt

Loved it! I would suggest you get there the earlier the better. The mule poop and urine smell is throughout the trail. Sometimes it smells worse then other times. The tunnel was very beautiful. Not a ton of shade but there is some. I actually liked going up the canyon more than down, my knees did not like the down part. Make sure you pack water, salted food of some sort, bandana might have been nice to have to cover my mouth and nose from Poo smell and dust. Defiantly glad I did this hike. Very pretty views seen the whole hike. We started at 0930 and finished around 330 pm. We went to Supai Tunnel. I would have liked to start at 0600 if I could have. Make sure you wear sunblock too.

Started our hike at 8am and the parking lot was filled. Nice views the entire time. Plenty of spots to rest if the elevation gain/loss wears you out. There are water stations at the trailhead and tunnel. The overbearing smell of mule poop knocks this one down one star.

We actually ended up hiking past supai tunnel down to the bridge that you can see from the tunnel. Be warned, this is not an easy 3-4 miles! We gained nearly 3000 ft elevation in that short hike according to the park ranger. Get there early, we showed up at 0830 planning to hike even further and we were advised against it. The trail is rough going back up the switchbacks, especially around 10-3 when the sun is the strongest. My boyfriend and I are in are twenties and in decent shape, but we still took many breaks to avoid dehydration. This is a beautiful hike that is well worth the challenge!

Super randonnée faite avec mes enfants de six et sept ans. Nous sommes descendus jusqu'au pont. La remontée est longue mais sacs difficulté. Le sentier est en excellent état et il y a un point d'eau à mi-parcours (juste avant le tunnel), pratique pour faire le plein à l'aller comme au retour). On ne voit pas le grand Canyon mais un canyon parallèle. Des points de vue majestueux néanmoins. Je recommande vivement.

great views of the canyon

great views. leave early, the hike up is step and hot. mules dont go past the tunnel.

Hiked from the South to North Rim spending 2 nights at Bright Angel Campground and 1 night at Cottonwood CG. I found the S. Kaibab trail to be steep and by the time I reached Bright Angel CG I was beat.There are restrooms and water on the way down. A dip in Bright Angel Creek cooled me off and was very soothing. Temperature on the thermometer at the CG was 105....Steak dinner at Phantom Ranch is money well spent. Cottonwood CG is a pleasant hike from Bright Angel CG and toilets and water are available. The hike from Cottonwood CG to the North Rim is very pleasant for the first few miles and then turns into what I found to be a grueling accent. Overall, I would rate hiking the Grand Canyon a tough but spectacular experience with breathtaking views.

backpacking
3 months ago

steep down, bring poles to save knees if doingrim to rim...glorious.

This trail wasn’t fun at all. There is a constant smell of mule crap and urine the whole way, basically you’re hiking on sand and in a petting zoo. I took someone’s recommendation and stopped at the tunnel and I’m really glad I did. The way back up is more difficult because of that sand but I wouldn’t say it any worse than moderate. The overwhelming stench from the mules is the biggest problem with this trail and I don’t feel like the views are worth it. It took me 87 minutes to go down to the tunnel, take a picture and then climb back up. Bottom line I would not recommend this trail.

on Cape Royal Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great views after a winding drive on pavement. Two great walkouts. It got my vertigo going, but it was worth it to push thru it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, hiked 5/25/18. Trail is a bit rocky and over grown in areas but the views are well worth the hike. Definitely a steep hike but short distance. Best to hike during the day because the trail and be hard to find at times.... hint: follow the poop for trail guidance.

We really enjoyed this trial! 2 adults and 2 kids (age 7 and 9) were able to complete this down, rest for 20 minutes and back up in just under 3 hours. Some parts the dust is a bit hard to walk through and we had to wait for 2 mule groups to pass us as well. Oh yeah, get ready for mule poop :)

This is the only way into the canyon from the north side and it is not as steep as the south side.

Technically for this far down the North Kaibab trail - you are actually not looking at Grand Canyon, but it is still beautiful.

Enjoy!!

hiking
5 months ago

Sweeping views from the North Rim. Short stroll, worth a stop.

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

hiking
6 months ago

It is all that. Hardly any options to camp before Marion Point, then Tilted Mesa after that--both of those spots were so windy--gusting 40+--we kept going. Good amount of exposure on that first long traverse. Nothing out of character compared to other Canyon hikes, just much more of it. Beautiful. Very challenging. Getting to the ancient structures high above the Colorado made me feel very fortunate.

Beautiful hike! Not easy.

9 months ago

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Completed June 11, 2017. Went all the way to Manzanita Rest Area and then back up to the North Rim. Joined by two backpackers who we picked up a few days before and became friends with. My longest day hike ever up until that point.

11 months ago

Great way to spend a few hours enjoying solitude at The Canyon.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

a very well shaded trail, due to our time constraints we didn't step off the trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon. all in all its a decent hike, not too moderate.

North Kaibab is the only North Rim trail that actually goes down into the Grand Canyon, so it was on my “must hike” list. The trail goes all the way down but Supai Tunnel is a good stopping point for a half day hike. There is a restroom and water at the tunnel making it an ideal resting place before beginning the strenuous hike back up.

The views were gorgeous, of course, and i loved watching the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. There isn’t much shade so bring sunscreen, hats, and water. Also, it is hotter in the canyon than on the plateau. The path is wide and well defined, but not railed. This trail was more heavily trafficked than the others that I visited during my stay. The trail is also used by people taking mule rides down into the canyon, so watch out for mule poop.

So overall: great hike, observable wildlife, very strenuous return hike, beautiful views (but not the best), moderate traffic, and mule poop.

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