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Rainbow Bridge via North Trail, UT

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,112 feet
Elevation Gain 4,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 8,000 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 40.66
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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10  2015-04-04 Lucyan
14  2015-03-27 gunungapi
23  2014-04-05 Lucyan
21  2005-05-07 RedRoxx44
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Navajo Nation Reservation
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Aug, May
Sun  6:10am - 6:22pm
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Overview: The North Trail to Rainbow Bridge follows the old discovery trail. There is good water along this trail, but it crosses many canyons, so the elevation gain and loss is greater than the South Trail. These two trails form a popular loop, involving a car shuttle.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Rainbow Bridge via North Trail
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    This really is a great trip! It has a ton of variety and fantastic scenery. Logistics can be a bit of a challenge as it requires a car shuttle to the trailhead from Wahweap Marina then a 40 mile boat shuttle from Rainbow Bridge back to Wahweap when you finish (oh yeah, and permits). With that being said, we did see a group that was doing a 4-day out and back, so that's a possibility. Elevation posted above is just a guess. It's much closer to that than the 8000 I've seen on a couple other trip logs. It is a tough ~3800 though!...a lot of up and down throughout most of the trail.

    Late March/early April is the best time of year for this trip. The snow on Navajo Mountain starts to melt which provides plenty of water in the creeks. It's a very secluded area so make sure you cover all your bases and are an experenced desert backpacker.
    Rainbow Bridge via North Trail
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    Phred lead us on a fantastic trip through the red rock canyons, around Navajo Mountain, and to Lake Powell, where a boat shuttle met us. It was a 2ish hour boat ride back to the marina.

    Betty shuttled us to the North trailhead. Quite a rough road for a 14 passenger van, even tho it has high clearance. The narrow dips into washes were the worst, but Betty got us almost all the way to the TH and we walked roughly 3/4 of a mile to the start of the trail.

    The views immediately started and there was never a point after that where we didn't have our cameras out. Apparently I had a setting wrong on my camera, but Tyler took some great pics.

    1st night's camp in Surprise Canyon was next to a stream. There wasn't too much water flowing, but there were a couple of good sized pools near camp. The wind was pretty crazy during the day, but it died down enough at night for us to have a small fire. Temps were pretty chilly. There are a couple of trees to hammock from at this camp.

    2nd night we decided to head all the way to Echo Camp. This was a fun place to camp with the amphitheater, history, and water source. We had a great night of games and laughs.

    The last day we hiked the short distance to Rainbow Bridge, took a bunch of photos, explored in the stream under the bridge, and then continued on to the boat dock where our shuttle met us.

    Just a really, really fantastic trip. I'd love to go back and do the South route.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Page, take highway 98 to The Crossroads - the junction between US98 and Indian Route 16. Take Indian Route 16 north past the settlement of Navajo Mountain and Rainbow City. The road was recently paved up to the mission in this area, but it continues down "Trailhead Road" as a dirt track. There is a dirt parking area near a slickrock mound at the end of the road where you can park your vehicle, or ask someone who lives in the area to help you out.
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