Uncle Jim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 18.1 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
5,537 Steps 1  (2.5 mi)

The Uncle Jim Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails within the Grand Canyon North Rim. The trail begins with a gentle climb through a tall forest of Aspen and Ponderosa Pine. Some sections of the trail can be a steep climb, but overall a fun, moderate hike. A short spur trail leads to an overlook where you can see the switchbacks of the North Kaibab Trail.

Uncle Jim Trail


The Uncle Jim Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,482 ft (2,585 m), a minimum elevation of 8,260 ft (2,518 m), and an elevation range of 222 ft (68 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
5,5372.5 mi8,260 ft8,482 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.1 hrs19.3232 ft237 ft
[ B to A ]
1.1 hrs19.8237 ft232 ft

What is the length of the Uncle Jim Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) or 5,537 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Uncle Jim Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.1 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 Uncle Jim 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 an Uncle Jim trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Uncle Jim Trail is located on the Bright Angel Point topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  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.