The Ken Patrick Trail is accessible from the mule stable at the far side of the North Kaibab parking area, or from the parking area at Point Imperial. The trail is classified as primitive; many people hike one way and arrange for a ride to return. There is no water available on this trail, so it's important to pack plenty considering the distance.
There are several very steep sections along the trail and you will occasionally hear noise from the tourist airplanes, which can be a distraction from the peace and quiet of the area.
The Ken Patrick Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,833 ft (2,692 m), a minimum elevation of 8,135 ft (2,479 m), and an elevation gain of 24,586 ft (7,494 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Ken Patrick Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|21,454||9.7 mi||8,135 ft||8,833 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|4.4 hrs||6.0||24,586 ft||26,334 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|4.6 hrs||15.5||26,334 ft||24,586 ft|
The length of the Ken Patrick Trail is 9.7 mi (15.7 km) or 21,454 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Ken Patrick Trail in 4.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Ken Patrick Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.
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