Uncle Jim Trail

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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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.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Canyon
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,260 feet
Top Elevation: 8,475 feet
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Bright Angel Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Uncle Jim Trail

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May 2018