Nankoweap - Saddle Mountain Trail

Jacob Lake, Arizona

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This is a great day hike to a seldom visited overlook of the Grand Canyon. The trail starts off as an old road heading uphill. Pinyon pines and junipers grow along the rocky slope. Eventually the trail turns left and traverses the slope before dropping into the upper reaches of Saddle Canyon. Already the scenery is taking on a grand scale. Off to the north are the Vermilion Cliffs. To the east are the Echo Cliffs. Between the two sets of cliffs and slicing into the Marble Platform is Marble Canyon, the beginning of the Grand Canyon. Closer at hand, mule deer tracks are common on the trail. Also, be alert for mountain lion tracks and scat. These magnificent predators are rarely seen.

Nankoweap - Saddle Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a great day hike to a seldom visited overlook of the Grand Canyon. The trail starts off as an old road heading uphill. Pinyon pines and junipers grow along the rocky slope. Eventually the trail turns left and traverses the slope before dropping into the upper reaches of Saddle Canyon.

Already the scenery is taking on a grand scale. Off to the north are the Vermilion Cliffs. To the east are the Echo Cliffs. Between the two sets of cliffs and slicing into the Marble Platform is Marble Canyon, the beginning of the Grand Canyon. Closer at hand, mule deer tracks are common on the trail. Also, be alert for mountain lion tracks and scat. These magnificent predators are rarely seen."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jacob Lake
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,145 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best March to May, September to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest, North Kaibab Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Point Imperial; Kaibab National Forest, North Kaibab Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Nankoweap - Saddle Mountain Trail

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