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If you've chosen to explore the North Rim, the North Kaibab Trail is the area's premier 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. 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 4-mile roundtrip hike to the Supai Tunnel, which starts at the North Kaibab's trailhead. Although some travelers describe the route as strenuous, especially on the way back, the views are worth the effort. For more information on the North Kaibab trail, consult the NPS website.