Ken Patrick Trail Hot
From Jacob Lake, take US Highway 67 South towards the North rim of Grand Canyon National park. Once in the park, drive 9.5 miles to the signed junction with the Cape Royal road and Point Imperial and turn left (East). Drive 5.4 miles to the signed junction and turn left towards Point Imperial. The Point Imperial parking and trailhead is another 2.7 miles of driving.
The trail passes the Cape Royal Road about a mile from the junction of the Cape Royal road and the road to Point Imperial (if you make it that far).
30 yr old Recommendation: This would be a great hike with some trail maintenance. Unfortunately, the Mexican Locus thorns prevent this hike from being very enjoyable to go all the way through. This is an Easy hike if you turn around when we did.
If a short, easy hike to some great views of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon appeals to you, this is your hike.
The Ken Patrick trail runs from Point Imperial all the way back to the North Kaibab trailhead. We planned on hiking the short three mile section from Point Imperial to the Cape Royal road. Unfortunately, there was a fire in this area. The result is that Mexican Locus bushes (with thorns) have encroached on the trail and it becomes a miserable and painful bushwhack. Until then, the views of mount Hayden are particularly impressive and you can see marble canyon and Nankoweap canyon from the trail.
We hiked about half way before the bushwhacking persuaded us to turn around. Someday the park service will get around to clearing out this trail again. We will wait patiently for that day.