Uncle Jim Complete Loop
ElevationAscent: 494' 151 m
Descent: -495' -151 m
High: 8,454' 2,577 m
Low: 8,256' 2,516 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This pleasant loop trail is shady and easy, offering views of Bright Angel Canyon.”— Megan W
Family Friendly Overall mellow trail should not overly tax the little ones. Kids will enjoy looking for fossilized shells and sponges in the limestone. (collecting is prohibited!)
Upon reaching the far side of the valley, the trail splits to form each arm of the loop. You can complete the circle in either direction, this description takes the left fork to go clockwise. Stay on the lookout for fossilized seashells and sponges in the trailside Kaibab limestone. Pretty neat that this rim of the canyon was under water a mere 270 million years ago. Continue through the forest plateau and pop out at the canyon rim for infrequently seen view of Bright Angel Canyon. Some of the South Rim is visible, but the inner gorge is hidden. You can see Walhalla Plateau, Bright Angel Point and the beginning switchbacks of the North Kaibab Trail.
Once you're finished absorbing the views at Uncle Jim Point, proceed north to finish the loop. The remainder of the loop back to the "stem" of the lollipop passes through an old forest fire area and does not have canyon views. Retrace your steps left (west) along the "stem" then head left (south) on the Ken Patrick trail back to the parking area. Note: this trail is also used by mules, so be respectful and watch out from droppings!
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Canyon National Park