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Trip Report Trip Report: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

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I've had the pleasure of visting the Grand Canyon on two occasions, this past September and in 1996 when hiked rim to rim. On our most recent visit, we were only able to spend a day at the North Rim. So, we chose a few short trails above the rim so we could soak in the views from different perspectives of the rim. The lodge at the north rim provides spectacular panoramic views and lots of seating inside and out to hang out and enjoy lunch. I have to admit I prefer the north rim over the south as it is not quite as "touristy" and definitely less crowded.

One of the short hikes we chose was Cape Final. You pass through an alpine forest through most of the hike and then suddenly you're at the edge of the canyon with spectacular views. We only saw about 4 other people on the entire hike. There's a huge rock outcropping with plenty of room to sit and enjoy the views.

On our drive out, we stopped at Jacob Lake, a motel, restaurant, gift shop and bakery about 45 miles north of the park. I would strongly recommend making this family owned landmark a destination stop for a meal in their restaurant or lunch counter - the food was tasty and generous. Be sure to save room and check out the cookie counter - some of the best homemade cookies we've ever had!

For pictures and details of hikes at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, please check out our blogs:

http://hikinginglacier.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-grand-canyon-views-from-north-rim.html

http://hikinginglacier.blogspot.com/2012/10/cape-final.html

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