Arizona Trail, Arizona
Kaibab National Forest Boundary to Telephone Hill; 21.4 miles, point to point
This segment of the 800-mile-long Arizona Trail traverses the Kaibab Plateau’s aspen and spruce forests, with impossibly scenic views of the Grand Canyon. “Part of the trail passes by the East Rim viewpoint,” says Matt Nelson of the Arizona Trail Association. “You’re hiking in this dense forest, and then without any warning, you’re at the edge of one of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth.” Despite being next to the 6,000-foot-deep canyon, the trail is relatively level, making it an easy hike. And on a clear day, you can see 40 miles to the Utah border, with its red-hued Vermillion Cliffs.
Where to Camp: Upper Tater Canyon is 10 miles in, with a wide-open meadow. Just make sure to fill up on water at the cistern two miles prior; it’s the only water source before camp.
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