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backcountry camping North Rim

Post by hikinhippie » Jun 28 2015 10:18 pm

I am going to be thru hiking the AZT in August and have managed to get permits/reservations for bright angel in the canyon and Mather campground on the south rim, however there isn't any space available at the north rim campground on the date I expect to arrive. Where can I camp and still stay close to the N. Kaibab Trail. I'm hoping to get an early start into the canyon.

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Re: backcountry camping North Rim

Post by Dave1 » Jun 28 2015 11:00 pm

There are hiker/biker campsites in the North Rim campground. $6 per night. You have to arrive on foot or bicycle. They usually don't fill up, even on a busy weekend. You don't need a reservation and the campground office is open until 7pm. The campground is .78 miles from the North Kaibab trailhead.

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Re: backcountry camping North Rim

Post by azbackpackr » Jun 29 2015 5:18 am

@Dave1
Good info Dave! I'll have to file that away in the old pea brain. Is it the same for Mather?
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Post by hikeaz » Jun 29 2015 3:44 pm

azbackpackr wrote:@Dave1
Good info Dave! I'll have to file that away in the old pea brain. Is it the same for Mather?
Not from Dave, but yes there is a hiker/biker site @ Mather as well. This/these are 'shared' sites.
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Re: backcountry camping North Rim

Post by jon phipps » Jun 29 2015 4:31 pm

No backcountry permit is required if you hike Rim-to-Rim in one day: I did this last month, hiking the Kaibab from the S. Rim to the N. Rim late that day, then hiked in to the Hiker-Biker area of the N. Rim campground. If you hike or bike to this spot ($6/night, or half that if you have a Sr. Park Pass) you need no reservation.

(I did the reverse of this on the return, 'tho I didn't camp on the S. Rim....I suspect there's a hiker-biker area in 1 of the S. Rim CG's w/the same policy).

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Re: backcountry camping North Rim

Post by hikinhippie » Jul 02 2015 2:30 pm

that is great news! thanks to all the informative answers

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Post by Hippy » Jul 02 2015 4:35 pm

Sorry you paid for Mather! You could've crashed at my place in Tusayan if you'd wanted.
Same goes for all you HAZzers if you give me enough heads up. Happy hiking!!

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