Cliff Spring Trail, AZ | HikeArizona
for free!

Cliff Spring Trail, AZ

Guide 13 Triplogs  1 Topic
  4.2 of 5 
108 13 1
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
tap icons for details
Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,762 feet
Elevation Gain -187 feet
Accumulated Gain 144 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.47
 Interest Ruins
 Backpack No
feature photo
Photos Viewed All MineFollowing
21  2018-09-01 cabel
10  2018-06-03 Tortoise_Hiker
22  2014-09-28 quadman
9  2012-05-30 trailzrus
18  2011-09-25 BEEBEE
19  2008-05-17 Dschur
9  2007-10-04 Nan
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 0
Photos 532
Trips 51 map ( 299 miles )
Age 62 Female Gender
Location Payson, AZ
Associated Areas
list map done
Northwest Region
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar Map
Expand Map
Preferred Sep, May, Jun, Aug → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:31am - 5:51pm
Official Route
0 Alternative

Spring along the Cliff
by Dschur

Cliff Spring Trail is a delightful short steep trail that winds down from the road and an overlook of Angel's Window. The trail starts on the other side of the pull-off, just a little ways from the end of the Cape Royal Road. There is a spot with enough room for 3 or 4 cars to pull off.

The trail takes off next to a sign. Just a little bit down the trail is a Granary that is signed. The trail then wanders down a creek bed through the Ponderosas. Here it gets a little rocky, so watch the footing. It crosses back on the north side and starts along the cliff face. There is an overhang of Coconino sandstone with fine sand lining the trail. There the sun shines off the other side and lights up the cliffs. You will start to see into the main canyon, looking down this side canyon. As you walk along the cliff, you come to the spring. The water drips down the sandstone and pools on the cliffside under the overhang. The spring isn't the prettiest, but it is always neat to see water anywhere in Arizona. There are handprints on the side of the wall here, but they are the works of modern-day people and not ancient Arizonians. You can continue just a little bit farther on the trail but ends up quickly.

From the farthest part of the trail, you can see the San Francisco Peaks across the side of the canyon. It is nice and quiet here, and you can see signs that the animals come here to drink too. A book in the bookstore at the North Rim Visitor Center shows that Teddy Roosevelt visited the spring in the early 1900s.

You go back up the same trail to the trailhead. Don't forget to view Angel Window before you drive away.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2008-06-28 Dschur
  • Grand Canyon Use Area Boundaries - Dynamic Map
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

 Permit $$

Grand Canyon National Park
Details for each are occasionaly below numerous alerts
Entrance Fee
Overnight/Backpacking Permits
Grand Canyon Use Areas Map
Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
The trail is in the Grand Canyon North Rim from Jacob Lake it is about 41 miles. In the National Park North Rim of Grand Canyon from the Visitor center it is just under 23 miles to the trailhead. Or just 0.3 miles from the end of the road at Cape Royal. There is a pull-off where you can view Angel's Window. The trail is just across the road and is signed but is hard to see when driving.
page created by Dschur on Jun 28 2008 12:10 pm

end of page marker