North Kaibab Trail
- Type: Hiking
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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If you've chosen the North Rim, the North Kaibab Trail is the area's premiere hike. The trail leads all the way to the Colorado River, and hiking enthusiasts can take the 14 miles to the Bright Angel Campground near the water. Writers and travelers both agree that the trail is rough going in the summer, when the hot Arizona sun is unforgiving to hikers. There is little shade along the way, making the journey even more difficult. You might want to walk the trail in the spring or fall rather than the summer; you'll get to enjoy some of the best views in the park sans the sweltering heat.
If you're new to hiking and camping, you should probably stay on the tourist-friendly South Rim. But if you want to escape the crowds, you can still take a guided, mule-driven tour through the trail from May to October.
If you're up for the challenge of the North Kaibab but want a shorter distance, travelers recommend the four-mile roundtrip hike to the Supai Tunnel, which starts at the North Kaibab's trailhead. "Obviously a lot of work on the way back, but definitely worth the effort," one TripAdvisor traveler writes.