The North Kaibab Ranger District features the oldest section of Arizona Trail which will eventually span the state from north to south, a distance of 750 miles. The trail passes through a number of different environments: mixed pinyon and juniper woodlands, sagebrush and grassland communities, and Ponderosa pine forests mixed with aspen groves. At the East Rim viewpoint, there are dramatic views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley, Marble Canyon and the Navajo Indian Reservation.
Access: Four developed trailheads access the Arizona Trail across the North Kaibab Ranger District
- Highway 89A Trailhead = At the junction of AZ 89A and Forest Development Road (FDR) 205-2 miles east of Jacob Lake on AZ 67.
- FDR 205 Trailhead – Drive 9 miles south of Jacob Lake on AZ 67, turn .left on FDR 205, then 0.3 mile to trailhead.
- East Rim Trailhead Drive 27.5 miles south of Jacob Lake on AZ 67 to. FDR 611, turn left on FDR 611 and drive 4.4 miles to the trailhead.
- Boundary Trailhead – Drive 27.5. miles south of Jacob Lake on AZ 67, turn left on FDR 611 for 1.4 miles, ‘ turn. right onto FDR 610, drive 6 miles to the trailhead.
All roads are suitable for passenger cars.
Water and Facilities: None. Bring everything that you will need.
Round Trip Driving Distance from Jacob Lake:
Highway 89A. Trailhead: 4 miles
FDR 205 Trailhead: 19 miles
East Rim-Trailhead: 54 miles.
Boundary Trailhead: 70 miles
Length of Trail One-Way: 50.5 miles
Elevation: 6,500 feet to 9,000. feet
USGS map: Buck Pasture Canyon, Cooper Ridge, Jacob Lake, DeMotte Park
Recommended season: Late spring to fall
Difficulty: Easiest to more difficult
Use: Light: except for area near. East Rim which is moderate.
Information provided by the North Kaibab Ranger District