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Point Imperial Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,800 feet
Elevation Gain 79 feet
Accumulated Gain 277 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.52
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Dogs not allowed
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Author Nan
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Routes 0
Photos 689
Trips 105 map ( 703 miles )
Age 60 Female Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Aug, Sep, Jul → 6 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:56am - 7:01pm
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road to recovery
by Nan

Watch the sun rise from Point Imperial and stretch your legs on this short but rewarding trail before the long drive from the North Rim back to Phoenix (or other points south)! This is an easy hike through an area of the Kaibab forest recovering from wildfire.

The trail starts at the Point Imperial parking lot and heads north; some maps, like the Falcon Guide, show it as a northerly extension of the Ken Patrick Trail. As the road falls away to the left you enter the old burn area, now dominated by the towering skeletons of pines and aspens. A stunning variety of pioneer species now thrive in this area ravaged by the 2000 Outlet fire. About a mile in, the trail swings briefly out to the Rim, and provides a couple informal viewpoints into Marble Canyon, before turning back inward across the plateau.

From here on meadows full of wildflowers alternate with thick stands of aspen saplings, and woodpeckers knock about in the pines. Birds are abundant, and keep your eyes peeled for mule deer and kaibab squirrels. This is really an excellent hike if you're a botanist or have an interest in re-establishment of an ecosystem following a forest fire.

This is an easy-going trail, well-maintained and mostly flat. If you're a flatlander and just hiked out of the Canyon the day before you might get a bit winded on one of the few gentle hills. There's no summit or other goal here, so turn around when you're ready to go back. Mileage given is to/from the junction with Saddle Mountain Trail, which continues on another few miles to the Nankoweep TH.

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2007-08-28 Nan
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Grand Canyon NPS Details
4.0 mi. / 6.4 km round-trip; 2 hours approximate round-trip hiking time. This easy trail passes through areas burned by the 2000 Outlet Fire and ends at the north park boundary. From there connections are possible to the Nankoweap Trail and U.S. Forest Service roads.

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor's Center, head north and follow the signs to Point Imperial, about 11 miles. TH is on the north end of the parking lot and well signed.
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