Clear Creek

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Just as the Tonto Trail follows its namesake plateau below the South Rim, the Clear Creek Trail travels across the same landform on the north side of the river. Climbing east from Phantom Ranch, the Clear Creek Trail eventually reaches a major drainage of the North Rim. Rewards of this lengthy hike are spectacular views of the Inner Gorge, a clear running creek, and access to the Colorado River.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

Just as the Tonto Trail follows its namesake plateau below the South Rim, the Clear Creek Trail travels across the same landform on the north side of the river.

Climbing east from Phantom Ranch, the Clear Creek Trail eventually reaches a major drainage of the North Rim. Rewards of this lengthy hike are spectacular views of the Inner Gorge, a clear running creek, and access to the Colorado River.

© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Canyon
Distance: 32.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 days
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Bright Angel, Phantom Ranch
Driving Directions: Directions to Clear Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

6/5/2011
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I hiked a portion of this trail as a "day hike" addition to my hike down into the canyon using the S. Kaibab Trail. I camped in Bright Angel Campground. I hiked the first 1.5 miles of this trail (relatively steep, but safe) - up to a scenic overlook point that looks over Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground. The CCC (presumably) built a stone bench at this point in the trail. I would have enjoyed going further on this trail, but it was well over 100 at 11am in early June and I was hiking solo on this dayhike - played it safe and turned around at the overlook spot and returned to the trail head. This is a MUCH smaller trail than the "cooridor" trails (Kaibab & Bright Angel). Most of this trail is single or 1.5 person wide. The area that I hiked was well marked (easy to follow). Very scenic - I rated 3 of 5 only because I didn't see much of the full trail. What I hiked was beautiful though.



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