Trails Update – date posted Sep 11, 2013

Hikers are reminded to use caution when hiking on any trail in the park during or after heavy rain. Wet, muddy, and debris-scattered trail conditions can lead to greater chances of slips, trips, and falls. Before beginning a hike, always check the status of the trails and the weather forecast. Additional rainfall could result in future damage or debris on the trail. Rainfall-caused rockslides can also cause damage to the park’s water pipeline that serves the corridor trails; therefore, hikers should always bring a method to treat water.

South Kaibab Trail: Trail crews have completed work to remove debris from the trail. The trail is now open to livestock as well as foot traffic.

North Kaibab Trail: A section of the North Kaibab Trail after Supai Tunnel has been damaged due to heavy rain. The North Kaibab Trail is currently open to hikers but not to stock. Weather permitting, trail crew anticipate that work will be completed on this section of trail in early October. Hikers should be prepared for temporary delays. Hikers should use caution and follow instructions given by the trail crew. The damaged section is very narrow, but passable. Hikers should be aware that with continued monsoon rains additional trail damage could occur.

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.

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