North Kaibab Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 9.0 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
5 Stars
33,592 Steps 1  (14.5 mi)

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.

North Kaibab Trail

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 range of 5,807 ft (1,770 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
33,59214.5 mi2,461 ft8,268 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
7.8 hrs2.530 ft5,793 ft
[ B to A ]
9.7 hrs482.85,793 ft30 ft

What is the length of the North Kaibab Trail?

The length of the trail is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) or 33,592 steps.

How long does it take to hike the North Kaibab Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 7.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 9.7 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 North Kaibab 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: Kanabownits Spring, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Little Park Lake, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Point Imperial, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cape Royal, AZ

Is there a North Kaibab trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The North Kaibab Trail is located on the Bright Angel Point and Phantom Ranch 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.