Location

  • Kaibab National Forest boundary to Telephone Hill Trailhead

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 Trailhead

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

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.


Difficulty

  • Easy to Moderate

Season(s)


Water

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/.


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

  • Map of Passage 40
  • 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 & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Due to significant precipitation received across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona, fire restrictions and certain area closures will be lifted starting at noon on Tuesday, June 28. Fire-related area closures will remain in effect around the perimeters of the Pipeline and Haywire fires but have been reduced in size. The decision to lift fire restrictions was made based on the amount of precipitation both received and forecasted across both forests. While a ban on campfires and smoking has been lifted, visitors are reminded that fireworks are never allowed on National Forest land at any time. Please check National Forest websites before traveling and recreating to learn more about area closures and restrictions, which can change rapidly.
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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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