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Uncle Jim Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,240 Feet (2568.6 Meters) Ken Patrick Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain, Round Trip: 170 Feet (53.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,320 Feet (2593.5 Meters) Uncle Jim Point
Length, Round Trip: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 207 Grand Canyon National Park
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: Bright Angel Point 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This short loop trail leads five miles along the head of Roaring Springs Canyon to a loop trail. The loop provides views of the upper North Kaibab Trail and the canyons to the east and south. This route allows for an escape from the summer heat in the cool forests of the north rim.

Begin the hike from the Ken Patrick Trailhead and hike northeastward. The track contours the northern end of Roaring Springs Canyon allowing for views southward along the drainage. Approximately one half mile from the trailhead the route crosses a drainage and continues northeastward. In one mile you'll reach a trail junction. Turn right at this junction to begin the loop to Uncle Jim Point.

A short distance from the Ken Patrick Trail/Uncle Jim Loop junction is another junction. This is the beginning of the loop. Both sides of the trail will lead you to the point. From Uncle Jim Point finish the loop and retrace your steps back to the Ken Patrick Trailhead.

Directions from North Rim Entrance: Drive southward along North Rim Drive to the North Kaibab Trailhead. Turn left into the parking area and locate the trailhead on the eastern side of the lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Mid-October (NOTE: Opening and closing dates of the north rim may vary depending on the weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Uncle Jim Trail - North Kaibab Trailhead
ICON Geology Uncle Jim Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Uncle Jim Trail
ICON Plant Identification Uncle Jim Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Uncle Jim Trail

Related Activities
Ken Patrick Trail - The Ken Patrick Trail follows the north rim around the head of Roaring Springs, Bright Angel Creek and Nankoweap Creek. Some route finding is necessary to reach Point Imperial.

North Kaibab Trail - The North Kaibab Trail leads 14 miles southward through Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons to reach the Colorado River.

North Rim Campground - North Rim Campground is the only camping facility within the park boundaries on the north rim. It includes 75 sites with access to showers, a laundry, gas station and ranger station.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Backcountry Office, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 12 , Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023, Phone: 520-638-7875, Fax: 520-638-2125

Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 170 , Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023, Phone: 520-638-7888


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