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Ribbon Falls from Phantom Ranch, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Northwest > North Rim
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 12.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,540 feet
Elevation Gain 1,430 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,175 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 - 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 23.33
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Collective Slideshow
30  2017-10-07
Rim to Rim
14  2016-12-25
Ribbon - Upper Ribbon Falls
15  2016-12-22
Ribbon Falls
23  2016-10-21
Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge - AZT #38
4  2015-10-17
Rim to Rim
31  2015-09-29
Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship
23  2015-09-26
Rim to Rim
15  2015-04-30 Uncharted
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:28am - 5:14pm
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Nearby Area Water
Utah Flats Route
Utah Flats Route
0.2 mi away
4.0 mi
2,000 ft
Clear Creek Trail - GCNP
Clear Creek Trail - GCNP
0.5 mi away
8.4 mi
1,682 ft
River Trail - Grand Canyon
0.5 mi away
1.7 mi
348 ft
Miner's Route
0.7 mi away
1.0 mi
1,442 ft
Phantom Canyon - Lower
Phantom Canyon - Lower
0.9 mi away
4.0 mi
400 ft
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright Angel
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright Angel
1.1 mi away
4.3 mi
435 ft
Cheops Pyramid 5206
Cheops Pyramid 5206
1.2 mi away
1.5 mi
1,367 ft
Sumner Butte
1.3 mi away
Skeleton Point Route
Skeleton Point Route
1.3 mi away
0.5 mi
1,004 ft
Cheops Plateau
Cheops Plateau
1.6 mi away
1.3 mi
1,323 ft
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by HAZ_Hikebot

From Phantom Ranch it's 5.6 miles up the North Kaibab Trail. The trail splits. Take the left, clearly marked as Ribbon Falls. Right continues to the North Rim. From the sharp left it is less than a half mile hike with small ups and downs in the elevation. It might be a little wet and muddy. Once near the creek you can hear the clear sound of the falls, though it is not visible.

Once across the creek a little elevation and another 5 minute walk gets you there!

Once you are there you can do 2 things. Facing the fall take the left side to a small trail that leads to the upper side of the big rock behind the waterfall. Enjoy a powerful and brisk shower if you dare.

Or climb the 60-100 feet canyon wall on the left side of the canyon (you don't need any rock climbing skills) and once you are at the middle of the wall its dead end after this as it is vertical wall. From here turn left i.e. you will be facing exactly opposite to the fall. You have to find your own way. There is no trail, its all canyon wall. After 500 feet you will come to the end of the canyon. The view from here is breathtaking.

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Grand Canyon NPS Reports The hike from Phantom Ranch through the inner canyon follows the stream between the narrow canyon walls for the first part of the hike. Hiking from Cottonwood campgrounds is a easy short hike. Ribbon falls is a small water fall that gives an ideal opportunity to get wet. An ideal inner canyon day hike.

Everyone needs to carry water! A common mistake is not carrying water and not carrying enough water. When hiking in a group, each person should be carrying water; carrying for the group is a common mistake. Always remember to eat as well as drink while hiking, you will be using alot of energy when hiking the canyon.
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.

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