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Aug 27 2019
cabel
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 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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cabel
Hiking5.52 Miles 250 AEG
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Sep 09 2016
Frostshocknoob
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 Phoenix, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking4.96 Miles 886 AEG
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Aug 12 2016
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking5.95 Miles 250 AEG
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This was the hike of the trip. Cliff, my wife's father, turned 84 today :y: and this was the hike he had earmarked months ago for his celebratory hike. :D We got to the parking lot around 9am. Since this parking lot is the TH for both Uncle Jim/Ken Patrick and North Kaibab, I expected it to be packed, but it was only half full. We hiked in on the Ken Patrick about .9 miles. There was a couple of ups and downs but nothing too taxing. The trail was easy to follow, but a bit rough, in that, it was a mule ride trail for tourist and there were a lot of mule made obstacles that you had look out for. The smell was bad initially also, but got better quickly. From the split in the Ken Patrick Trail there is a .5 mile segment that you need to take to get to the actually loop. It is a mild descent and then a series of switchbacks to get to the loop. This section is listed as "moderate" on one of the maps I had purchased. (The rest of this hike they had rated as "easy". This is based off of the "Grand Canyon National Park Sky Terrain Trail Maps".). The loop is about 2.7 miles long but will be longer if you visit the main lookout or any of your own making along the way. It is recommended that you do the loop in a clockwise manner, I would support that recommendation. It definitely allowed us to walk into some spectacular views. The main overlook was awesome! It provided a great view of the North Kaibab Trail. As we were leaving we witnessed the first of many helicopter flights to this overlook. The park service is building a compost toilet near mule rails and they were flying in supplies for its construction. We finished the loop and then headed back to the car. Saw about 9 hikers, most of them just heading out as we were getting back to the car, though we did see two different mule trains while we were out there: about 30 riders all together. Wildlife was minimal...a horny toad and a handful of squirrels. Weather was again great!
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May 25 2016
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking6.00 Miles 450 AEG
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Quick jaunt with Jamie on a day off.

Cool view of the NK switchbacks at "the point"
But even cooler view off to the east of the trail at the ACTUAL Uncle Jim Point.

If half a mile of off trail bushwhacking through locus, Aspen, oak and Limestone sounds exciting to you I highly recommend the actual Point :lol:

Quick n easy. Nice "south rim miles" on the North Rim hehehe
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Nov 01 2015
AndreyP
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 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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AndreyP
Hiking4.90 Miles 810 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.56 mph
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Hiked before sunset and to my surprise even saw some people on the trail. Portion of the trail used by mules is almost completely rerouted compared to the trail marked on topo maps, so it's interesting to look for signs of the old trail at intersections. Overlook at the tip of the trail provided views of Roaring Springs Canyon, North Kaibab Trail switchbacks and a flock of crows.
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Jun 06 2015
toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Old Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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toddak
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
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Out KP with a warm-up side loop around UJ, then down OBA and up NK, with a wild mid-morning hail and rainstorm for extra fun! OBA is a very cool route and generally not hard to follow, but gnarly enough that probably none but the hardcore GC enthusiast will appreciate it.
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Sep 01 2013
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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tibber
Hiking5.04 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking5.04 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   1.94 mph
860 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Hoping the rain and threat of rain would let up, we headed out on the Uncle Jim Trail after breakfast. As usual the parking lot was full but the area around the N Kaibab TH wasn't. We headed off on the trail only to quickly encounter several wet sections. The mules going back and forth made it a gooey mess :yuck: . However for part of this there was a trail that went up and contoured the side until you got to the top of the hill.

Once there it was pretty much clear sailing as far as the trail was concerned though there were a couple muddy areas here and there. The area was quite green, greener than I remember from last year. The ferns still looked pretty good too :) . We did encounter the usual amount of flora, maybe a little more than last year.

This time I decided we would go clockwise just to mix it up a bit for me. It turned out to be the best choice and I would recommend this highly rather than the other way. It was nice to hike through the forest of ponderosa and aspen. The trail was really soft in many sections.
I did forget about a couple of the hills you have to traverse on this hike but this is a good thing; afterall, it's not that long of hike and one of the hills is thru a pretty cool forested section.

In fact, after the intersection with Ken Patrick and I think before the fork in the trail, you go down in this small valley. I noticed a squirrel with a pine cone in its mouth heading for a tree. I get the camera aimed and then see the little guy is underneath the tree adding to his HUGE stash of pine cones. And then he came running out and headed across this little valley and over a couple logs. He did that a couple times. It was amusing and impressive. When we came back through, believe it or not, he was still at it :sweat: .

Once you're more or less on top of the plateau, you can almost see the edge of the Rim. And of course the excitement builds as you make your way to look over the edge of Bright Angel Canyon. I pretty much stayed to the edge rather than the trail so that I could look over. You don't get a straight view into the canyon because of all of the trees and shrubbery but it's better than staying completely on the trail.

We did encounter a wrangler on horseback leading another horse; either for the other horse's exercise or training. That was pretty much all the excitement until we curved around the canyon and headed west toward Uncle Jim Point. Here the forest burn is more prevalent so your views really open up. Finally we arrive at the coup de grace, the Point :y: . The views really are spectacular from here. We rested our laurels for awhile, took lots of pics, had snacks and I yelled down for Clyde as he was supposed to be heading up this way around noon.

It was a nice hike back and we were back to the car in around an hour. You hike in and out of forest again. I am always impressed by the very tall aspen and ponderosa. Always a sight to admire :D .

I don't have any video as I took video last year. Guess I just wasn't in the videoing mood... imagine that :o !
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Sep 01 2013
desertgirl
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 Chandler, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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desertgirl
Hiking5.04 Miles 860 AEG
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Quick amble around the ever serviceable Uncle Jim Trail... Angela wanted to go the other way (clockwise) at the Y so we did. What strikes me is how green the forest floor was; how industrious the squirrels were, the tons of mushrooms of all shapes and colors, the abundant flora and ofcourse the views at the point. This always has a nice view of the switchbacks N Kaibab Trail. We did meet the wrangler and the gorgeous white horse that was out for some training ? As I write this I look back and realize I remember the horse vividly and can't even put a face to the wrangler :?
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Sep 01 2012
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.85 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.53 mph
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Our second full day at the N Rim would be a full one starting out with a hike of the Uncle Jim trail. After breakfast, we loaded up in Tonto for our drive to the N Kaibab TH. Soon after getting out on the trail we would encounter the riding group returning already. The mules looked so healthy but bored. 4 of the mules looked identical too. I know that the trail bosses like to match horses up to the riders in groups so that was interesting.

The views are somewhat limited as you are hiking in the forest for most of this hike. The forest is nice and the trail was the same :) . After our squirrel venture (watching a squirrel in a tree), we reached the junction with the Ken Patrick Trail. The hike had already been up and down and would continue its roller coaster action until we would get atop the Rim and stay there for our walk out to Uncle Jim Point.

Once out to Uncle Jim Point Trail you could look up and down Roaring Springs Canyon following the N Kaibab Trail. The views were quite nice here :DANCE: and worth the hike. We took photos, I took a movie, we ate a snack and then headed back out onto the loop that took us around to the west side of Bright Angel Canyon which we would hike in a couple days. Once again the views were obstructed by trees but it was still pretty nonetheless. There were some wildflowers scattered about so you could enjoy some additional visual candy.

One of the hikers had hiked ahead and I didn't expect to see him until we got back to camp but lo and behold he waited for us at a junction (he's done that before and it always surprises me). We started heading down the hill where you arrive at a very small meadow. It was a pretty area where we stopped for a moment to enjoy before continuing on the trail.

On the way back we encountered a few more hikers as we were now on the main trail. There was this one older lady that was decked out fairly nicely and she was wearing her lipstick and had a bandana like me plus had a smile on her face. I was tickled and mentioned it to Wendy and Wendy smiled as she had noticed it too.

This is a nice little hike but not much bang for the buck; fortunately we would get that bang for the buck later in the afternoon. It was nice to hike with Wendy and Jama and Chris. Now to head back to camp, pack up our lunch for Imperial Point and items for our picnic dinner at Cape Royal.

Here is the video from our hike of the Uncle Jim Trail: http://youtu.be/DfTxMB7rYgc Oh, may I suggest you change the quality on youtube to HD1080. You can find that setting next to the minutes just below the video screen (or next to the clock icon)
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Sep 01 2012
writelots
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 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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writelots
Hiking4.85 Miles 250 AEG
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So, for the El Monte-RV crowd from North Dakota with their pink spangled Crocs and string-strap backpacks, Uncle Jim is a big step up from the Transept but still not one of those kill-you-if-you're-unprepared hikes. It offers some challenge, both in length and with a touch of climbing, but never demands too much.

For the 'I prefer my hikes to frighten Navy Seals' hikers, Uncle Jim is a great chance to get out and stretch your stride, escape the crowds and still get back before your beer gets warm. It's fun and it has a few pretty spots, but mostly it's just about walking through the forest.

The point (of the trail, not this report) is a bit of a let down compared to many of the others that we'd see on our trip. It does offer an interesting perspective on the upper reaches of Bright Angel Canyon, and a cool vantage point for photographing the tight switchbacks of the North Kaibab trail as it approaches the rim.

All in all, for us a nice warm-up to a day of short, beautiful hikes.
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Oct 15 2011
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Started out the morning by helping Bob (RLRJAMY) out with a shuttle to the North Rim from where he was staying. He is working on the Arizona Trail and I got to continue working on my "100 Classic Hikes in Arizona" journey. The two I had at the North Rim were the "Uncle Jim" trail and the "Widforss Trail".

It was perfect because I just parked the car at the North Rim and was able to get to both Trailheads from right there. The Uncle Jim Trail offered great views and I was the only one on the trail until the Mule Train came by. The weather was unusually warm for this time of year. Made for perfect hiking weather!
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Sep 24 2011
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 Mesa AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Morning hike after breakfast
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Jul 01 2011
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 Gilbert, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Aug 09 2009
hikemonk
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 Gilbert, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Aug 01 2009
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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This was the first hike of four for the weekend of my 40th birthday. We got a little later start due to my oversleeping in the morning, but were still able to start at about 12:30pm. The beginning of the trail has a few spots that are overloaded with the mule manure, but then after that it's pretty clean. The beginning has a few climbs, which I didn't welcome very much only because the hike description I had read in my book described that as a mostly level hike.

Very early in the hike, while were still on the Ken Patrick trail I think, we saw a family of turkeys. Three baby turkeys flew down off the hillside right next to the trail amongst some pine trees. We could see and hear the parents calling to them, and they didn't sound very pleased. I managed to get some shots and we were on our way.

At the southernmost tip of the loop, there is a spur trail that goes to the edge where there is a very nice lookout of the North Rim. We got the obligatory photos, noticed a fire that seemed to be starting to the east, and made our way to the rest of the hike. On the way back we ran into a mule train who had a guide that was a bit of a control freak, but no major incidents occurred.
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Oct 05 2007
Dschur
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 Payson, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dschur
Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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This was a really nice hike even though it was quite windy and the ground was still wet from the recent rains. This is a really nice trail to do on the north rim and especially when it is in the peak of the fall colors. There were all the reds, oranges and the yellows. In the oaks, summac, maples, and the aspens.
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Jul 07 2007
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 SLC, Utah
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Vaporman
Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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One of the best forest strolls of the North Rims with a few sweet viewpoints along the way. Great views of Bright Angel Point, Upper N Kaibab trail, Walhalla Plateau, and everything else in the area. I also saw quite a few deer this evening. :)
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May 19 2007
Dschur
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 Payson, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Dschur
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We decided to hike this trail on Saturday after my husband came from his Rim to Rim the day before. It is a nice one and is a good little hike with elevation. We had to hike from a parking spot farther than the trailhead since the parking lot was full. It gets that way early with all the rim to rimmers this time of year. There is lots of fossils along the way and you go thru forests of pine and aspens. There are some really good views from the point of the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail.
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--On the loose to climb a mountain, on the loose where I am free. On the loose to live my life the way I think my life should be...For we only have a moment and a whole world yet to see...I'll be looking for tomorrow on the loose. ---unknown--
Sep 05 2006
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 Mesa, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.50 Miles 250 AEG
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We took this hike while we were at the North Rim for a few day's.We stayed in the old cabin's.Bed,Shower,Toilet and thats about it.This was a nice hike through the forest on the North Rim.We took the loop stopped at the Rim and circled back.We didn't see any people until we were almost back to the car.Again the key is start early.This is a good hike to see wildlife.We saw Deer,Turkey,Squirrel,birds, and afew horned Lizards.Nice and peaceful.



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Sep 18 2005
desertgirl
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 Chandler, AZ
Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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desertgirl
Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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a lazy jog along this trail -- It was a nice walk with great over looks of the upper N Kaibab Trail :)
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