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Bridle Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.6 (5)

The only trail on the N Rim allowing dogs and bikes, but it's an enjoyable hike for everyone else too


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

8,335' 2,541 m

High

8,181' 2,493 m

Low

198' 60 m

Up

117' 36 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Family Friendly Easy access and wide, mostly flat trail make this suitable for all ages.

Usually, the North Rim is only open mid-May through mid-October because of all the snow it gets.

Description

This easy, hard packed trail connects the Grand Canyon Lodge with the North Kaibab Trailhead. It is well signed and lined in most places by huge rocks making it nearly impossible to lose the route. This is a multi-use trail so expect to see hikers, bikers, dogs and horses.

Pick up this path on the east side of the Grand Canyon Lodge and parking lot. Some brief views down over the rim are available here. Cross the entrance road and follow a service road until signs lead you to the nicer parts of the Bridle Path. This well-constructed route goes through some pleasant forest before coming to a "Y" intersection. The left (west) fork is a shortcut to the campground/market access road, the right (east) fork continues on the Bridle Trail. There are picnic tables scattered around nearby.

Cross the campground access road and continue through a more openly treed area. Cross the entrance road and descend a hill to the North Kaibab Trailhead. Here you'll find a drinking water station, restrooms and very limited parking.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa, aspen, pine.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 5 votes

#25

in North Rim

#22651

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#25

in North Rim

#759

in Arizona

#22,651

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Photos

North Rim Lodge with the sun setting.
Jun 18, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
North Rim to South Rim hike!
Nov 1, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim
May 14, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
North Kaibab Trailhead - Water Bottle Filling Station
Jun 10, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Twisting along the Bridle Path (photo by NPS)
Jun 10, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
North Rim Bridle Path is leaving the road and continuing north from the Grand Canyon Lodge (photo by NPS)
Jun 10, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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Sep 25, 2022
Kathy Adkins
May 31, 2022
G Allen Daily
Trail run — 0h 22m
May 24, 2022
Maura McLay
Oct 29, 2021
Maria Huerta
June 2017
Oct 22, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Oct 20, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Jul 30, 2020
Jackson Ross
0.5mi — 5h 30m
Jul 21, 2020
Connor White
Went on this trail for a quick last view of the canyon before heading out. Absolutely worth it! 0.4mi