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Point Imperial

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.7 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 278' 85 m
Descent: -202' -62 m
High: 8,892' 2,710 m
Low: 8,758' 2,669 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

Take this easy hike through an area of the Kaibab forest recovering from the 2000 Outlet wildfire.

Megan W

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This mostly flat trail starts from the north side of the Point Imperial overlook parking lot. (Point Imperial is the highest of the North Rim overlooks) First, head through open meadow and into a big burn area. These looming pine and aspen tree shards are all that's left after the 2000 Outlook wildfire raged here. Historical factoid: This fire was the result of a prescribed burn that got out of control and it temporarily trapped tourists at Imperial Point!

The post-fire vegetation is coming back and wildflowers thrive here in the early season. The trail approaches the rim and good views into Marble Canyon can be had from various points. To the north, you can see Boundary Ridge and its highest point, Saddle Mountain. Continue across the plateau over increasingly hilly terrain. Eventually, the trail ends at a dirt turnaround and parking area.

Note: some guidebooks list this trail as a northern extension of the Ken Patrick Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Falcons, condors, squirrels, deer. Aspen and pine.

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Aug 23, 2019
Lauren Sully
5mi
Sep 3, 2018
Valerie Villanueva
Jun 14, 2018
Nathan Carroll
This is a great trail. Great overlooks of gorges. Lots of flora and fauna to see along trail which is disturbed from fire. 3.8mi — 2h 00m
Aug 25, 2017
Bridget Sipher
Didn't do full trail, just around view point
Jul 9, 2016
Rachel Comp
May 20, 2016
Katie Piña

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  4.3 from 4 votes

#15

in North Rim

#7125

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#15

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#230

in Arizona

#7,125

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Photos

Point Imperial viewpoint (NPS Photo by Michael Quinn)
Jun 15, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Woolsey Point to the right, Seiber Point roughly center.
Jun 21, 2018 near Grand C…, AZ
2/3 way down trail; Seiber Point obscured.
Jun 21, 2018 near Grand C…, AZ
Saddle Mountain in the distance (photo by brewbooks)
Jun 15, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
View of Mt. Hayden from Point Imperial.
Jun 24, 2019 near Grand C…, AZ

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