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Lava Falls

Extremely Difficult

Trail

1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 16' 5 m
Descent: -2,512' -766 m
High: 4,178' 1,273 m
Low: 1,676' 511 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 36% (20°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)

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Intense and challenging or downright dangerous!

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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)

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Flora & Fauna

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

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  3.0 from 4 votes

#29

in North Rim

#19545

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#29

in North Rim

#686

in Arizona

#19,545

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Not a lot of switchbacks, but the spring bloom helps
Feb 8, 2018 near Colorad…, AZ

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