Uncle Jim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

Elevation Gain5ft
Trailhead Elevation8,371ft
Elevation Min/Max8349/8376ft
Elevation Start/End8371/8349ft

Uncle Jim Trail

Uncle Jim 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 8,371 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 5 feet.

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"The Uncle Jim Trail provides a short introduction to the forests and rim area of the North Rim. A somewhat dubious honor, the route was named for “Uncle Jim” Owens, a game warden who worked in the region in the early part of the 20th century. Following accepted game management practice at the time, Owens reportedly killed more than five hundred mountain lions in order to strengthen the deer population. The slaughter was thought by some ecologists to have had just the opposite effect, however; the deer multiplied and reached numbers too great for the area to support. The resulting starvation of thousands of deer highlighted the importance of predators in maintaining nature’s balance."
Hiking Grand Canyon National Park (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"A plateau-top half-day hike or overnighter on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon."
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Canyon (Falcon Guides)
Ron Adkison and Ben Adkison
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"A plateau-top hike reaches a viewpoint on the North Rim. The mildly undulating Uncle Jim Trail traverses cool Kaibab Plateau forests en route to a splendid Grand Canyon viewpoint. From trail’s end, hikers gain an excellent overview of Roaring Springs Canyon and can visually trace the route of the North Kaibab Trail as it winds its way from the North Rim to the Redwall limestone. The trail, waterless throughout its length, is rougher and rockier than other North Rim trails due to occasional mule traffic. Overnight camping is allowed on this route (with a backcountry use permit), making it a good choice for a short backpack when intense summer heat grips the Inner Grand Canyon. Most hikers can complete this hike in about two hours, but three hours allows for a more leisurely pace."

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Trail Information

Grand Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Grand Canyon National Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Grand Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS quad: Bright Angel Point; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park or Bright Angel Trail
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