North Rim Car Camping Trip
Grand Canyon National Park

Saturday, June 6, through Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This trip is limited to 25 attendees due to limits of the Group C camping spot, which only allows 25 people. So, I will sign you up in the order I receive your emails.
If you sign up for this camping trip, please send me an email and also send a check for $10 to hold your spot. This will be reimbursed if you later opt out.
Gabe McConnell
35511 N Via Tramonto
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Couple of things to consider: Come with a flexible outlook on the agenda: things may change. There will be a lot of us (25) camping on a group site, so be flexible. Come prepared to have a good time. I have never planned/managed a Grand Canyon camping trip, so I’m relying heavily on other experts. Thanks, Chuck.

The North Rim Campground is replacing the water line. For this reason, their website says that camping in 2020 is on a first come first served basis. Luckily I made this reservation for the Group C site before they made that change. I did call recreation.gov and they said they are honoring this reservation.
NOTE: Water: As of this writing, plan on bringing enough drinking water for the trip as I do not know if drinking water will be available. 4 gallons each.
The North Rim Campground is back open on May 15, at that time I’ll get more information as to impact of the water line replacement.

The Group C campground reservation is already made: cost is $200, which will be split among those camping on that spot. Group C only allows 25 people and 3 vehicles. We need to carpool to the North Rim. But there is some overflow parking for cars, so if we do have some additional cars, they could park there. No guarantees, however.

The North Rim Campground is a full service campground with flush toilets, fire rings, and tables. Shower and laundry services are available and there is a general store and gas station within short walking distance. Caveat: I do not know whether all these facilities will be available due to the water line replacement project. Will know more later.

Saturday, June 6, Caravan up together. Leave Phoenix by 8 AM. Based on who you car pool with, you could leave from someone’s house. Or, meet at the usual spot: I-17 and Bell, Fry’s Food parking lot.
Stop for lunch at Cameron Trading Post. We’ll stop on the way to the campground at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center (restrooms), where we’ll walk across the bridge for a great view of Marble Canyon and look straight down on the Colorado River. Drive on to the North Rim and set up camp.

Sunday, June 7, Widforss Trail hike which goes out 5 miles for a 10 mile round trip. This is noted as one of the most scenic hikes in all Arizona in an Arizona Highways 2010 edition. Option to turn back earlier than the 10 miles, as long as there is a group doing this.
Dinner: Potluck extravaganza.

Monday, June 8
Hike option 1: challenging 9.4 mile round trip North Kaibab trail down to Roaring Springs and back.
This hike has 3050 ft of elevation change. It’s a good introduction to hiking into the Grand Canyon.
Figure on 5-7 hours.
Hike Option 2: Scenic Uncle Jim Trail which is a moderate five mile loop trail near the rim with great views of Bright Angel Canyon and Roaring Springs Canyon.
Dinner: Finish the potluck.

Tuesday, June 9
Option 1: Short hike to the North Rim Lodge on the Transept Canyon trail from the Campground.
Lunch: North Rim Lodge. Enjoy the beautiful lodge, the stone patio which sits on a cliff. After lunch, take a short hike out to Bright Angel Point for the stunning canyon views and then return to the campground by way of the Transept Canyon trail.
Option 2: Drive to Point Sublime. Considered by many to be one of the most spectacular lookout points on the entire North Rim. Have lunch on the way.

Wednesday, June 10, Pack up camp early. Take the Rim Drive out to Cape Royal and Point Imperial. Lunch on the trail. Drive back to Phoenix.

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Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club, Phoenix, Arizona
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updated November 19, 2019