This trail is located within the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. Beginning from FR 611, the trail descends through mixed conifer and oak thickets into North Canyon. The trail then leads back and forth across a small stream as it follows the canyon down to the lower trailhead at FR 631. There is a perennial stream in the upper reaches of the canyon, with protected, native trout inhabiting some of the larger pools. Birds, flowers, and plants exist here that are seen nowhere else on the Plateau. Only experienced trail horses should attempt this trail due to steep drop-offs and narrow passages.


Fee: None

Trail Layout: Trail #4 is the entrance to the northern part of Saddle Mountain Wilderness. It connects with Trail #7 (East Rim), Trail #36 (Crystal Spring) and the Kaibab Plateau Trail.


From North Kaibab Visitor Center go south on AZ 67 for 26.5 miles (0.6 miles beyond DeMotte Campground entrance) and turn east onto FR 611; in 1.4 miles FR 611 crosses FR 610 and continues east about 1.3 miles to the trailhead. Travel Time is about one hour from North Kaibab Visitor Center. Road Conditions on FR 611 is suitable for sedans in dry weather. AZ 67 is closed after the first winter snowfall.

Access #2

About 20 miles east of North Kaibab Visitor Center on US 89A, turn south on FR 445; go 17.5 miles and turn right onto FR 631; go 3 miles to the trailhead. Travel Time about 2 hours from North Kaibab Visitor Center. Road Conditions are suitable for pickups and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Hike Details

Water and Facilities: None. Bring everything that you will need.

Length of Trail: 7 Miles

Hiking Time: From the upper trailhead at the Wilderness boundary down North Canyon to the lower trailhead in House Rock Valley…about 4 hours. To reverse this direction, and start at the lower trailhead…6 hours.

Trailhead Location: Upper trailhead at 8,800 feet on FR 611 near the Saddle Mountain Wilderness boundary. Lower trailhead at 6,130 feet where FR 631 leaves North Canyon.

USGS map: DeMotte Park (See Forest Map… available at Visitor Center for a small fee.)

Recommended Season of Use: Late spring to early fall.

Restrictions: No motor vehicles or motorized equipment may be operated in the Saddle Mountain Wilderness.

Difficulty: Difficult except for a few Easy sections.

Information provided by the North Kaibab Ranger District

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