Statistics of the North Rim of Grand Canyon NP
North Rim 8,000 feet/ 2400m
Average Rim to Rim distance 10 miles/ 16km
Grand Canyon; a twisting, 1 mile deep, 277 mile long gorge formed over millions of years by the geologic forces and erosion by the Colorado River.
North Rim summer high temperatures are typically cooler than the South Rim due to increased elevation (8000 feet/2440 m), with highs typically ranging in the 70s (21-26°C). Overnight lows can still drop near to below freezing occasionally on the North Rim, although typically low temperatures range from the 40s and 50s
More specific information on weather for the North Rim can be found by clicking here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm#CP_JUMP_1955873
(all above information from the National Park web site.)
We visited in early July at the start of monsoon season. This was our second trip to the North Rim, so we had some ideas of what we wanted to see and do. (We still didn't get to do everything we wanted to for lack of time.)
When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, it was cloudy, but not raining. By the time we checked into our room, the "bottom had dropped out" and it was POURING rain. The smell and sounds of the rain in the pines was perfect! Once the quick shower was over we headed to the Grand Canyon Lodge main building to scope out a plan for dinner. (Side note: none of the rooms are attached to the main building. All are cabins or motel style rooms a short walk from the main building.) It rained some more that evening, but we were able to sit on the patio of the lodge and enjoy some pizza and beer. The sunset was nice that evening too, but mostly cloudy.
The next morning we were up early for sunrise at Bright Angel Point. This quarter-mile hike was a perfect warm-up for the day. To see that hike, click here.
After that wonderful show from the canyon, we sat down for breakfast at the lodge before packing up for our big hike of the trip, Widforss Point. This 10-mile trail showed the best of the North Rim. We hiked through Ponderosa Pine forest with vast views of the canyon. Widforss Point was the perfect lunch spot and we saw a California Condor flying across the canyon. It was BEAUTIFUL! Check here for that flight:
After our hike, we got cleaned up and headed back to the lodge for our dinner reservations in the dining room and more patio sitting for sunset.
The next morning we headed out for sunrise at Point Imperial and exploring Cape Royal Road. There we found Roosevelt Point, Angel's Window, Cape Royal, and Cliff Spring Trail.
Check out our whole trip by clicking below. You can hear the rain and see the motion of the clouds as well as walk out on Angel's Window with me. We hope you enjoy our adventure and will be able to plan your own. Until next time, keep on trekking!
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