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Bridle Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

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.

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Shared By:

Megan W

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#26

in North Rim

#20610

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#26

in North Rim

#673

in Arizona

#20,610

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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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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
Oct 2, 2019
CJ Rhoad
Aug 29, 2019
Becka Katherine
Aug 15, 2018
Colin Sauter
Jun 21, 2018
Heather Sepúlveda
Used it to get to n Kaibab from campsight 0.3mi
Sep 2, 2017
Alejandro Cazar
MTB ride
Aug 16, 2016
Thomas Anderson
Return from Campground 2mi — 14h 45m