Uncle Jim Trail

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Canyon
Distance: 3.9
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Best: Mid-May through mid-October
Local Maps: USGS Bright Angel Point; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park or Bright Angel Trail
Driving Directions: Directions to Uncle Jim Trail

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May 2018