Another winter storm is predicted for this weekend (Dec 7-8) and we expect some more snow, so trail conditions will likely change.
Conditions below as of Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Grandview Trail: Two inches or less of snow is on the ground at the trailhead. Ice and snow are on the trail down to the Coconino Saddle. Very icy and slick conditions, strongly recommend using over-the-shoe traction devices.
Tanner and New Hance Trails: Snow and ice for at least the first mile, over-the-shoe traction devices are strongly recommended.
South Kaibab Trail: About a half inch of snow is on the ground. Snow and ice on the trail until just above Ooh Aah Point. Over-the-shoe traction devices are recommended.
Bright Angel Trail: Dusting of snow at the trailhead. There is a compact layer of snow and ice for the first mile. Over-the-shoe traction devices are recommended.
North Kaibab Trail: A small section of the North Kaibab Trail below Supai Tunnel was damaged in September 2013 due to heavy rain. The North Kaibab Trail is currently open to hikers but not to stock below Supai Tunnel. Hikers should use caution. The damaged section is very narrow, but passable. The trail crew has installed a handline to assist hikers when crossing the narrow section. The handline stretches across the length of the washout, and then some (about 15 to 16 feet). The damaged section will not be repaired until spring 2014.
Hikers without a permit can stop by the Backcountry Information Center to request a last minute permit. Last minute permits and waitlist numbers are issued by the Backcountry Information Center, located inside the park. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily from mid-May to October 31 for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time.
When hiking in winter be sure to visit the Winter Hiking webpage for winter hiking information.