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    Roaring Springs via North Kaibab Trail

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    17.7 km
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    1,072 m
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    It’s hard to pick the most beautiful day hike in the Grand Canyon, but the hike to Roaring Springs on North Kaibab Trail definitely competes for the honor. This 17.7 km route drops down from the rugged North Rim, through tunnels blasted into the rock, past viewpoints, and down to a lush spring in the far northern arm of the canyon.

    While this route is strenuous, you’ll be rewarded with the unparalleled combination of beauty and solitude that the North Rim offers. Water refills along this hike make the ascent a bit easier to manage and the nearby North Rim Campground makes this a very convenient pick for hikers who want to spend the night in paradise.

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    Route Description for Roaring Springs 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. This quieter side of the canyon is home to a hike that definitely competes when it comes to the best day hikes in the Grand Canyon. The hike to Roaring Springs on North Kaibab Trail is an 17.7 km hike that leads you through unforgettable scenery as you scale down the wall of this mighty canyon.

    You’ll pass breathtaking viewpoints, hike through tall tunnels blasted into the rock, and dip your feet in the cooling springs that emerge from the lush canyon walls. It’s a scenic, varied trek that’s especially nice on a warm day when you can cool your feet in the springs.

    There is one water station on this trail, but we still recommend bringing a large reservoir to help with the steep ascent. Poles and good boots will be helpful, and you should prepare for the varied weather at the North Rim. It can be very hot in the summer and very snowy in the winter.

    If hiking all the way to the spring is too much for your group, you can take this trail to the Coconino Overlook, which is less than a mile down.

    From the trailhead, you’ll descend down into Bright Angel Canyon. Three-quarters of a mile in, stop at the Coconino Overlook to look down into the Roaring Springs Canyon. From here, it’s on to the Supai tunnel, where there’s a water station and rest stop.

    The tunnel is quite interesting, with a passageway blasted right through the thick pink limestone. Continue along a sometimes tree-lined and sometimes open trail as it switchbacks through the rocks. This set of switchbacks is out in the sun, so you’ll want to have a full water bottle before heading down.

    5.5 km in, cross the Redwall Footbridge to get to the west side of the canyon. Peer over the edge to take in the massive canyon. Past the bridge, you’ll hike a dizzying narrow ridge along the canyon wall. This trail was also blasted out of the rock, and it’s quite amazing.

    Hike through more switchbacks, after which you’ll start to hear the springs. The waterfall flows down the cliff, flanked by green shrubbery. A quick side trail takes you to the springs, the perfect spot to rest awhile.

    When you’re ready, you’ll head back up on the same trail.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Grand Canyon

    Revealing millions of years of geological history, the layered and massive Grand Canyon is a 3060 square mile canyon in Arizona. The canyon is 445.8 km long, up to 29.0 km wide and is over 1,829 m at its deepest point. Carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, the canyon is now one of the world’s top natural attractions, bringing about 5 million visitors to its rim every year. Indigenous people have inhabited the canyon for many years, some considering it to be a holy site.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    The entire trail is usually done in three to four days. This section is a day hike.

    Is the North Kaibab Trail hard?

    The North Kaibab Trail is the most difficult of the three maintained trails into the Grand Canyon, so prepare accordingly.

    Is the North Kaibab Trail scary?

    The trail has some parts that may be difficult for hikers who are afraid of heights. While the trail is safe and there isn’t any scrambling required, some parts have steep, unprotected drop offs.

    Insider Hints for Roaring Springs via North Kaibab Trail

    • You’ll need a pass to visit the Grand Canyon. Passes can be purchased ahead of time online or at the park gates.
    • The North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs is the longest recommended day trip in the canyon.
    • Bring layers and sun protection! The trailhead for this route is 305 m higher than the trailheads on the South Rim.

    Getting to the Roaring Springs via North Kaibab Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the North Kaibab Trail is off the Grand Canyon Highway.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Hermit Creek

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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