Ken Patrick Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 17.4 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
21,454 Steps 1  (9.7 mi)

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.

Ken Patrick TrailKen Patrick TrailheadThe View at Ken Patrick Trail

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 range of 698 ft (213 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,4549.7 mi8,135 ft8,833 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.4 hrs37.9455 ft1,034 ft
[ B to A ]
4.6 hrs86.21,034 ft455 ft

What is the length of the Ken Patrick Trail?

The length of the trail is 9.7 mi (15.7 km) or 21,454 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Ken Patrick Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 4.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Ken Patrick Trail topo map 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Dog Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Buffalo Ranch, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Tatahatso Point, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Little Park Lake, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Point Imperial, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Nankoweap Mesa, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cape Solitude, AZ

Is there a Ken Patrick trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Ken Patrick Trail is located on the Point Imperial and Bright Angel Point topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.