• Kaibab National Forest boundary to Telephone Hill Trailhead


  • 20.7 miles

Southern 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.

Northern Access Point: Telephone Hill Trailhead


About 13.5 miles south of Jacob Lake on AZ 67, look for a sign pointing to FR 429 on the west side. Do not turn right onto FR 429, but instead turn left (east) onto FR 241. In 0.1 miles, the AZT crosses the road, but there is no parking here. Continue another 0.1 miles to a little campsite on the left, where you may be able to park.

Trail Route Description

Passage 40 begins at the Kaibab National Forest boundary and traverses through an idyllic forest of spruce, pine and aspen. Located in a much-overlooked area of northern Arizona, this section offers easy and pleasant travel along singletrack through gently rolling terrain. 

As the trail winds along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon, it dips into tranquil meadows and passes by the East Rim Viewpoint. It features scenic views and the peaceful valley of Tater Canyon.

The East Rim Viewpoint is a highlight of this section with breathtaking views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness, Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, and Navajo Mountain in the distance.


  • Easy to Moderate



There are seasonal an probable water sources on this part of 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.
  • When the AZT is buried under snow in the springtime, hikers are allowed to walk on Hwy 67 before the road opens, typically on May 15. Mountain bikers are not allowed to ride the road and must follow the trail. Hikers walking the plowed and paved road should be aware of vehicles and snowplows; this means no camping, campfires, or full spread meals in the middle of the road.


  • Map of Passage 40
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Little Park Lake, Dog Point and Telephone Hill.
  • Kaibab National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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Current Passage Info

Grand Canyon North Rim Now Open

Grand Canyon North Rim Now Open

Get ready to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon's North Rim as the 2024 season kicks off on Wednesday, May 15. Starting at 8 a.m., visitor services including the campground, Grand Canyon Conservancy bookstore, Backcountry Information Office, Grand Canyon Lodge and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will be up and running. And don't miss out on daily Park Ranger programs available at the Roaring Springs Overlook Kiosk until October 15. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations will be in full swing, with the dining room serving up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (by reservation). And outside the Park you'll find plenty of great services including the Jacob Lake Inn & Restaurant, Kaibab Lodge, and North Rim Country Store. Keep an eye on our Volunteer Opportunities for trail work on the Kaibab Plateau this summer, in addition to the AZT North Rim Ramble (trail running and mountain biking events) on September 28 and 29.
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What if the AZT is covered in snow north of Grand Canyon…can I walk or ride on Highway 67 before the road is officially open?

Grand Canyon National Park has confirmed that hikers are allowed to walk on the paved road to avoid the snowy AZT during the spring season before the road opens, typically on May 15. Mountain bikers are not allowed to ride the road and must follow the trail. The Park reiterated that hikers walking the plowed and paved North Rim Road should be aware of vehicles and snowplows; this means no camping, campfires, or full spread meals in the middle of the road. Bicyclists are technically grouped in with motor vehicles so they are not allowed to use the paved/plowed road and should stick to the AZT during early-season conditions.
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Handmade AZT Mugs

Handmade AZT Mugs

We are delighted to offer the third in a series of commemorative mugs celebrating the natural beauty of the Arizona National Scenic Trail! This handmade mug features a scene from the Kaibab Plateau Passage of the AZT near the North Rim of Grand Canyon, including lush meadows, dense fir forests, and an American bison. This was the first segment of Arizona Trail officially designated, and remains one of the highlights along the 800-mile trail (it feels more like Canada than Arizona). These mugs are a membership benefit to anyone joining or renewing your membership at the Ironwood level ($100/year) and above. Support the ATA and enjoy your favorite beverage while dreaming of adventures in northern Arizona this summer.
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