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Uncle Jim Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,239 feet
Elevation Gain 250 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.25
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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Author Dschur
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 0
Photos 532
Trips 51 map ( 299 miles )
Age 60 Female Gender
Location Payson, AZ
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Preferred   May, Aug, Sep, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:32am - 7:37pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2004 BRIGHTWFU Fire10.6 mi*
🔥 2000 Outlet52.6 mi*
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Fossils in the Rocks
by Dschur

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The Uncle Jim trail starts after a one-mile hike down the Ken Patrick Trail. The Ken Patrick trail begins at the corrals in the east of the parking lot of the North Kaibab trail. The hike is lovely along the rim of the canyon. It goes thru the Kaibab limestone of the Colorado plateau. You get to see some views of the rim that you wouldn't get to see anywhere else, including some glimpses of the North Kaibab trail.

You travel about one mile on the Ken Patrick to where the Uncle Jim trail takes off to the left. There is a good sign at the junction of the two trails. The trail is a little bit steeper here, and all along the path, it is rocky. In the rocks, you can spot lots of fossils too. There are big seashells and fossilized sponges in the Kaibab limestone. Just remember that you are in the National Park and are NOT allowed to collect any. The whole rim of the canyon was underwater in the Permian age, which is about 250 million years ago. Go down the trail for about 0.5 miles, and there will be a junction. You can take either way, but if you go left at the intersection, it will take you to the Uncle Jim Point, which is about 2.5 miles from the start of the Ken Patrick Trailhead.

Here you see the North Kaibab trail as it goes along in the canyon. There will be another junction, so keep to the left, and there is a bar where they take the mules. Yes, there is some mule traffic on the trail. We didn't see any when we went, but they do take them out there. You can camp along in this area, but you need a Back Country permit to do so. After enjoying the views, head back past the mule bar and keep to the left. There will be a plethora of canyon sights along this part of the trail since you follow it out along a plateau. You will go thru a little bit of a burn area before you get back to the loop start. You then go straight on to the Ken Patrick trail and back the way you came.

The only thing about this trail is that it is at 8200 feet above sea level with no water along the way, so you have to take it easy at this elevation. If you are staying at the lodge, there is a trail that can take you to this trailhead of 1.5 miles and is marked very well.

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2007-06-17 Dschur
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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.

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Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

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Paved - Car Okay

To North Kaibab Trailhead
The North Kaibab trailhead is located 41 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67 (1.5 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge). A small parking area offers limited parking. Transportation is available from the Grand Canyon Lodge (twice each morning; check at the lodge for times and fares) or, for those staying at North Rim Campground, it is a half-mile walk to the trailhead. Hikers on a rim-to-rim hike and who have only one vehicle often use the private Trans-Canyon Shuttle (928-638-2820), which provides service between the North Rim (departs around 6 a.m.) and the South Rim (departs around 1 p.m.) daily from May 15 to October 15. North Rim park facilities (lodge, store, gas station) close on October 15, but Highway 67 remains open to vehicle traffic until winter conditions preclude access. Visitors should be prepared for road closure anytime after October 15, but often Highway 67 remains open into November. Once closed Highway 67 remains so until May 15. It is not possible to reach the trailhead by vehicle before May 15.

Bright Angel Point Trailhead: This trailhead is somewhere around the Grand Canyon Lodge. Trail takes off southward. HAZ needs more information on the exact location. Looks like the a spur trail goes around the cabins to the parking lot too.

Transept Trailhead: North Rim Campground near the General Store

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 354 mi - about 6 hours 25 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 459 mi - about 7 hours 55 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 208 mi - about 4 hours 18 mins
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