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Cape Final Trail, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,850 feet
Elevation Gain 292 feet
Accumulated Gain 449 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.15
Backpack Yes
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Cape Royal Exploits
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author avatar Guides 1
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Trips 36 map ( 200 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
Historical Weather
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Preferred Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → NOON
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:34pm
Official Route
0 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2007 ROOSEVELT WFU Fire25.3 mi*

Easy, Scenic Hike
by Glitter

Likely In-Season!
This is a short trail out to one of the more interesting views on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. After taking a 20+ mile drive across the heavily forested Walhalla Plateau, the trail begins a couple of miles short of the Cape Royal Point parking lot. The hike starts with a mild ascent through a quiet forest filled with Ponderosa Pine and Quaking Aspen, as well as some young Gambel Oak.

I spent nearly three days on the North Rim and never got a glimpse of the elusive Kaibab Squirrel, but this would definitely be the place to find him. The well-maintained trail meanders through the forest along the Rim, with several random points jutting out into space, where you get glimpses of the eastern part of Grand Canyon. The last half-mile takes you through a ravine filled with lightning split pines, and believe it or not, Prickly-Pear Cactus at nearly 8000 feet in elevation!

You finally have to boulder hop across the Cape's outcrop of limestone to get out onto the cliff itself. Watch your step here as the cracks and weather-worn points could send you tumbling to your peril off a huge face. From the Cape are beautiful views of Vishnu Temple, the Vermilion Cliffs, and even Navajo Mountain near Lake Powell. You also get excellent views of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers. With such a short hike near the crowded Point road, I expected many more people, but we only saw one other party on our way out. The pay-off of this hike is phenomenal in comparison to the small amount of effort used.

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2003-07-07 Glitter
  • 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

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Page, take Highway 89 south to the 89A turnoff toward Lees Ferry. Cross the Colorado at Navajo Bridge and continue 40+ miles to Jacob Lake. Head south on 67 and head towards the park entrance. After paying your $20, follow the road south 20+ miles to the Cape Royal turnoff. Head east 8 more miles and at the crossroads head south towards Cape Royal another 13 miles where the Cape Final trailhead is clearly marked on the left.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
prehydrate & stay hydrated

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