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Lava Falls

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Length

1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


Elevation

16' 5 m

Ascent

-2,512' -766 m

Descent

36%

Avg Grade (20°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

4,178' 1,273 m

High

1,676' 511 m

Low

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Unknown

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Intense and challenging or downright dangerous!

Megan W

Overview

Features: River/Creek — Views [Add/Remove]
Dogs: No Dogs

Description [Suggest Changes]

The park service does not recommend this extremely steep, unmaintained trail, but some folks brave it. People report needing ice axes and good route finding skills. This grueling slog through lots of loose scree and over shifting blocks of lava is treacherous because a false step can start a rock slide or launch you over a drop-off.

Upon reaching river level, the trail turns right to follow the bank where you'll find a few sandy beaches and a viewpoint. The trail ends on cliffs above the famous Lava rapid where, if you're lucky, you'll see rafters caroming through. There is no shade or water on this serious excursion so plan accordingly. (River water must be filtered prior to drinking)

The Hiking Project mobile app may be useful for wayfinding but make sure your data is current and you device charged!

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Beware of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Cactus, yucca.

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Mar 26, 2017
Jimmy D
Pretty much straight up. I can probably count the switchbacks and one hand. This is a good exit route from the river. Well marked thanks NPS

Trail Ratings

  2.7 from 3 votes

#30

in North Rim

#21516

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  2.7 from 3 votes
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#30

in North Rim

#772

in Arizona

#21,516

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Did this hike yesterday it was great if you like pushing yourself. It took me just over an hour to get down and about 1:20 to get back up. It was probably one of the hardest hikes I have done in awhile. I did hang out for about 2-3 hrs at the bottom to watch a group ride lava. I attach a link of the hike out. movescount.com/moves/move18… Nov 6, 2017

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