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Uncle Jim Trail

Mule deer on the Uncle Jim trail
The Uncle Jim trail
Views from the Uncle Jim trail
North Kaibab trail as seen from the Uncle Jim trail
Horse riders on the Uncle Jim trail
Map: Uncle Jim trail
Elevation plot: Uncle Jim trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

From Jacob Lake, take HWY 67 south towards the Grand Canyon. Once you enter the park, you'll head 11 miles south of the park entrance (about 2 miles north of the lodge) to the signed North Kaibab trail parking area. This parking area is for the Uncle Jim, Ken Patrick, and North Kaibab trailheads, so it can be quite busy. There is a restroom, but no water.
North Kaibab Trail Head
North Rim
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

4.70 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.7 miles for the loop hike.
2.00 [Hours]
The loop hike took us about 2 hours.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
500 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
Perhaps a total elevation gain of about 500 ft.
Hike Trail Type
Special Features
Wild Animals


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Date Hike completed
July 17, 2011


Solitude Details
Pretty good, except for the mules that frequent this trail. Expect to see 5-10 other hikers.


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

30 yr old Recommendation: This a nice Easy hike to some great views of the North rim of the Grand Canyon and is worth doing.


Be Aware of
$25 to enter the park (as of July 2011), Mules.

Hike the Uncle Jim trail on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National park, Arizona.

From the parking area, follow the well signed trail for the Ken Patrick and Uncle Jim trails (they share the same trailhead). The trail is easy to follow as it heads through a Ponderosa Pine and Aspen forest. About 0.8 miles you'll see a signed junction, where the Ken Patrick trail heads left and the Uncle Jim trail heads right. Turn right at this junction (labeled JCT 1R on the map) and continue to another, unsigned trail junction. This hike loops back to this point, so it really doesn't mater which way you go. We went right (counter-clockwise loop). Soon you'll reach views of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, featuring great views of Bright Angel canyon. The trail continues to another view and then back to the trailhead.

It is very likely you'll be sharing this trail with mules and their riders. If you see mules approaching, stand off to the side of the trail to let them pass.


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