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    Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls via North Kaibab Trail

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    19.2 km
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    593 m
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    The North Kaibab Trail is the most thrilling of the three maintained routes in the Grand Canyon, and the hike to Ribbon Falls on this route is an adventure you’ll remember for years to come. This route begins and ends at Phantom Ranch so it’s perfect for campers and backpackers who’ve arranged to stay in the canyon. This is a hard hike, so bring lots of water, avoid the heat of the day, and use good gear. Expect heavy traffic.

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    Route Description for Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls via North Kaibab Trail

    The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a less-visited gem for hikers who want all the scenery with far lighter crowds. Those intrepid enough to make it down to Phantom Ranch beside the Colorado River can enjoy the hike to Ribbon Falls on North Kaibab Trail. You’ll be led through unforgettable scenery to a beautiful waterfall tucked into the canyon.

    While Phantom Ranch enjoys more stable weather than the upper North Rim, you should still prepare for variable conditions. Summer can be very hot and winter can be cold and snowy. While you can filter water at the turnaround point, you should have a large reservoir with you.

    From Phantom Ranch, take North Kaibab Trail as it winds its way north along Bright Angel Creek. There are no junctions to consider, so it’s smooth sailing as you steadily climb through the canyon. As you near Ribbon Falls, you’ll take a left over the Ribbon Falls Bridge. Stay left up the creek towards the falls, watching for the signs. At the falls, take some time to enjoy the view and recuperate before retracing your steps back to Phantom Ranch.

    Getting to the Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls via North Kaibab Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the hike to Ribbon Falls from Phantom Ranch is just north of Bright Angel Lodge.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Phantom Ranch

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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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