• North Kaibab Trailhead to Kaibab National Forest boundary


  • 12.0 miles

Southern Trailhead: North Kaibab Trailhead


The parking area is on the east side of AZ 67, 41 miles south of Jacob Lake and 2.3 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot.

Northern Access Point: Kaibab National Forest boundary


From Jacob Lake, drive south on AZ 67 for 26 miles and turn left (east) onto FR 611 (4.5 miles north of the Grand Canyon National Park entrance station and 1 mile south of Kaibab Lodge). Drive 1.1 miles and turn right (east) onto FR 610. Wind south and then east 5.1 miles to a pullout on the north side of the road, near a brown AZT post.

Trail Route Description

This passage begins at the North Kaibab Trailhead on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail crosses Highway 67 and heads northwest. It joins a road, passes through Harvey Meadow and then goes past the Widforss Trailhead. After continuing along the road it then leaves it to the right. The trail climbs steeply, crosses a road and then levels out and heads northwest. It turns to the north and runs through forests and meadows, and then reaches Highway 67. After crossing the highway the trail soon turns to the left and parallels the highway. The trail reaches a high point and then drops down near the highway again and follows it to the Grand Canyon National Park entrance station. From here the route is to the right along a service road for just over a mile. The trail then leaves the road to the left and runs down to the park boundary.


  • Easy to Moderate



Water sources are scarce and unreliable on the Kaibab Plateau. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • The Arizona Trail is marked with brown fiberglass posts with a Kaibab Plateau Trail decal near the top.
  • North Rim facilities are closed from mid-October to mid-May.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Bright Angel Point and Little Park Lake.
  • Kaibab National Forest map.
  • Grand Canyon National Park map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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Current Passage Info

Essay: Hot, Thirsty, Anxious … And Blessed

East Greenwich News (January 31, 2021) by Jonathan Malone It was hot, it was dry, and I was afraid that I was running out of water. I had been hiking through the high plateau desert in Arizona for three days and I had seen only a handful of people, lots of cows, and a few horses. I had heard elk and coyotes, but had not yet seen any of them. I was deep in the wilderness, there were few people, and my water supply was worrisome. I chose to be in this place. In September I backpacked for approximately 100 miles of the wilderness of Arizona. Hiking and backpacking are things  I love to do, and I have gone on many solo and group trips in the Adirondack Mountains in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire as well as other areas of the Northeast. I love taking time to be in the forest, by the streams and lakes, and surrounded by the mountains. This year I opted for something completely new to me; I decided to hike one small portion of the 800-mile Arizona Trail. I started just north of Flagstaff and headed to the North Rim of the...
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Washout near manzanita creek impassable for equestrians

A recent washout of the North Kaibab segment of the Arizona Trail within Grand Canyon National Park has presented an insurmountable obstacle for equestrians. The hazard is located just south of the Manzanita Creek Footbridge (south of the Manzanita Rest Area) at AZT mile 706.6. This is approximately 5.7 miles south of the North Kaibab Trailhead, and 1.4 miles north of Cottonwood Campground. An erosion event has caused a portion of the Trans Canyon Waterline to fall, and is now being held in place by steel cables stretched across the trail. Pedestrians can sneak under the cables, but equines cannot, and there is no safe way around the cliff ledge. EQUESTRIANS WANTING TO RIDE BETWEEN NORTH KAIBAB TRAILHEAD AND COTTONWOOD CAMP ARE DISCOURAGED FROM RIDING UNTIL THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN RESOLVED. Please contact the Grand Canyon National Park Back Country Ranger Station for more details: (928) 638-2125
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Flickr Photos

Photos from the Arizona Trail Association’s Flickr galleries, for this specific passage. View the entire Flickr account.

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