Boca Raton, FL
Trailblazer | 712 pts
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.