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Cape Final

Cape Final trail
Enjoying the views from Cape Final
Cape Final
map: Cape final
Elevation plot: Cape Final


How to Get There
This hike is located at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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 right onto Cape Royal Road. Drive 11.8 miles and park at the signed trailhead on your left. There is a restroom at the trailhead, but no water.
Cape Royal Rd.
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

4.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.4 miles round trip to the lookout and back.
2.00 [Hours]
It took us two hours of hiking.
Elevation Change
0 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
Not much at all
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • October
  • November
  • December
Season Details
Date Hike completed
July 06, 2011


Solitude Details
Expect to share the trail with around 10 other people.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Be Aware of: $25 to enter the park (as of July 2011).

30 yr old Recommendation: It's a remarkably short hike for such an impressive reward, with great views of the Grand Canyon. This is an Easy hike. Since you'll still have energy after this short hike, it's best to hike some of the other hikes in the area, such as Cape Royal and Cliff Spring.


Be Aware of
$25 to enter the park

Hike to Cape Final in Grand Canyon national park, Arizona.

This is an easy hike through the lovely north rim pine forest to one of the best lookout points on the North Rim. From the parking area, walk along the easy to follow trail through the ponderosa pine and aspen forest. After 2.2 miles of walking you'll reach the viewpoint. 

The point extends out into the canyon, so the views here are particularly impressive. You'll be able to see Furnace flats, the Tanner trail, the Little Colorado river gorge, Vishnu Temple, and Chuar Butte from this wide open viewpoint. There is a campsite here, but you need a backcountry permit to camp. After enjoying the views, return the way you came. 


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