Location

  • Kaibab National Forest boundary to Telephone Hill

Length

  • 20.7 miles

Southern Access Point: Kaibab National Forest boundary

Access

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

Access

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

This passage begins at the Kaibab National Forest boundary. At the 0.3 mile mark it intersects with FR 610 and begins following Trail #101. The trail heads north past Sourdough Well following Upper North Canyon, and then out of the canyon and along a ridge. At Crystal Spring it climbs a drainage and traverses the rim to East Rim View. From here the trail crosses FR 610 at Dog Canyon, then descends the east ridge of Tater Canyon. Climbing west the trail crosses FR 131, FR 221, FR 213, and then follows an aspen-covered ridge. Crossing the DeMotte Burn area, the trail descends steeply, crossing a valley and then descending to the north overlooking Pleasant Valley. The trail then passes Little Pleasant Valley, Little Round Valley and Crane Lake. It parallels Highway 67 and then ascends Telephone Hill where it ends at the intersection of FR 241.


Difficulty

  • Easy to Moderate

Season(s)


Water

Water sources are scarce and unreliable on the Kaibab Plateau. Check with the Forest Service for current conditions.


Notes/Warnings

  • 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.

Resources

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

For more information


Current Passage Info

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Reopen on July 6

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Reopen on July 6

The Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will reopen to the public beginning 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6. This includes most of Passages 27 - 42 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The decision to reopen the forest was made based on the amount of recent rainfall that occurred across all three districts of the forest. Recreation technicians ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks and barriers throughout the coming days. Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect upon reopening. Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following: Igniting fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, smudge pots and wood stoves (except using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or pressurized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels). Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material). During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering capable of igniting a fire. During the hours of 9...
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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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Flickr Photos

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

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