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Cape Final Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain596ft
Trailhead Elevation7,856ft
Top8,048ft
Elevation Min/Max7856/8048ft
Elevation Start/End7856/7856ft

Cape Final Trail

Cape Final Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Grand Canyon National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 7,856 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 596 feet. The trail ends near the Cape Final camp site and the Cape Final (elevation 7,907 feet) cliff.

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Boca Raton, FL
Trailblazer | 712 pts
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3/19/2019
Cape Final is one of my favorite trails on the North Rim. It is an easy out-and-back hike that winds through the forest before reaching an excellent cliff view.

While it's true that the scenery along the forest trail is rivaled by other trails, and there are more demanding trails for adventure seekers, none offer the same combination of solitude and excellent views while also being so manageable. Although you are likely to encounter other hikers on this trail at some point, the foot traffic is much lighter because it is one of the last trails along the main road. As such, you will need to take a long, winding drive to the back end of the park to reach the starting point. But, the payoff of that drive is the opportunity to have a hike through the forest with only the sounds of the wind whistling through the trees, and a chance to have one of the North Rim's best overlooks all to yourself.

Additionally, one lucky group per day is awarded a backcountry permit to camp at the overlook. If you have the good fortune to nab it, you'll watch the sunrise and sunset over the canyon, and have (weather permitting) all of the landscape and astrophotography opportunities your heart could desire.

Don't miss out on your chance to hike one of the North Rim's best.
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Fontana, CA
Pathfinder | 81 pts
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6/9/2010
This is a very rewarding train as it is easy, relatively short and gets you to some of the nicest vistas on the North Rim. There are three points where the trail "touches" the rim: The first one is a tease but is grand and shaded. The second, almost to the end is a perfect spot for a breather or lunch, if you plan ahead and bring your stuff. The final point is the actual Cape where you have beautiful views of the chasm itself, the Colorado River, the Little Colorado Gorge and as far as the San Antonio mountains and the Vermillion Cliffs. It is one of the highest points on the rim and you can see far into the Navajo country on the easternmost part of the Rim. On your way in and out there are flats and slopes of Ponderosa and on the rim, Juniper rules. Very enjoyable overall.
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Atlanta, GA
Pathfinder | 60 pts
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9/26/2002
We found this to be an easy trail with a few moderate uphill sections. The beginning of the hike through the forest is unremarkable (as opposed to the hike throught the forest on the Widforss Trail, which is spectacular), but the reward awaits you at the top.

The views are breathtaking and the traffic on the trail is very light. It''s a good way to get way to get away from the crowds at Cape Royal (though don''t skip that trail just because there''s a lot of folks on it...it''s too great to skip!)
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Ben Adkison
"A short but rewarding plateau-top day hike or overnighter on the North Rim. This trail offers the greatest rewards for the smallest investment of time and effort of any of the North Rim’s plateau- top trails. The route follows a gently rising, long-closed road through parklike forests of ponderosa pine to a panoramic viewpoint on the east rim of the Kaibab Plateau, affording an unusual perspective of the Grand Canyon from high above Unkar Creek Canyon. This trip can be taken as a leisurely day hike or as an overnighter and is particularly attractive when summer heat grips the Inner Canyon. Few places in the park offers a setting for a Grand Canyon sunrise over the Painted Desert."
Ron Adkison and Ben Adkison
"A short but rewarding plateau-top day hike on the North Rim leads to panoramic views. This trail offers the greatest rewards for the smallest investment of time and effort of any of the North Rim’s plateau-top trails. The route follows a gently rising, long-closed road through parklike forests of ponderosa pine to a panoramic viewpoint on the east rim of the Kaibab Plateau, affording an unusual perspective from high above Unkar Creek Canyon. This leisurely day hike is particularly attractive when summer heat grips the Inner Canyon."

Trail Information

Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
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USGS Walhalla Plateau; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park
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