Description: The Kaibab National Forest offers great views of the Grand Canyon in a quiet, remote setting. Camp anywhere within the forest boundaries without a fee. You’re not restricted to developed campgrounds, although those are available too. Just make sure you practice “leave-no-trace” camping ethics. Use great caution when driving at night; deer are virtually everywhere. For more information on the Kaibab Forest, stop in at the Visitor Center in Jacob Lake or the North Kaibab Ranger Station in Fredonia. The main forest roads that run east to west, including those to Fire and Timp Points, are well-maintained gravel roads suitable for high-clearance passenger cars. These roads tend to follow ridge lines and are fairly flat. Roads that run north to south like F.S. 609 and F.S. 250 are narrower with steeper grades. The Forest Service recommends four-wheel drive on these roads. The last section of road to Fire Point is in Grand Canyon National Park. This road is not maintained and is deeply rutted. Don’t drive this road when the ground is wet.
Time & Distance: The basic route is about 42 miles. Allow 3 to 4 hours after leaving Hwy 67. You can spend a whole day, or camp and spend the entire weekend.
Trail Conditions: Kaibab National Forest, North Kaibab Ranger District. Call (928) 643-7395.
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy 67 south from Jacob Lake about 27 miles. When you reach the De Motte F.S. Campground, continue another 0.7 miles to F.S. Road 22 on the right.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
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