The North Kaibab Trail is a strenuous and very steep trail for the first 4.7 miles, with many switchbacks. Once you have hiked to Roaring Springs the remainder of the trail becomes far less of a challenge. A further nine mile hike will take you to the Colorado River, although it is a long stretch of trail, it is not considered difficult.
Potable water is available at several locations on the North Kaibab Trail: Supai Tunnel, Roaring Springs, the Pumphouse Residence and Cottonwood Campground. These four locations offer seasonal facilities whereas the Bright Angel Campground is the only location with water year-round. The temperatures within the canyon at the Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch can reach well into the 100's during the late spring and summer months. Stay hydrated, eat regularly and rest in the shade whenever you can.
The North Kaibab Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,268 ft (2,520 m), a minimum elevation of 2,461 ft (750 m), and an elevation gain of 26,496 ft (8,076 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the North Kaibab 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|
|33,592||14.5 mi||2,461 ft||8,268 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|7.8 hrs||7.1||26,496 ft||43,413 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|9.7 hrs||19.3||43,413 ft||26,496 ft|
The length of the North Kaibab Trail is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) or 33,592 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the North Kaibab Trail in 7.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 9.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free North Kaibab 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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