Description: Although not well publicized by the park, this is a fun backroad and offers surprising challenge for adventure-seeking SUV owners. The view from Point Sublime is truly outstanding. Picnic tables are provided and overnight camping is allowed with a permit. This trail offers a variety of terrain including sand, rock and mud. Several of the rocky places are steep and narrow but stock SUVs with four-wheel drive and high clearance will not have a problem.
Time & Distance: 18 miles one way. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the round trip.
Trail Conditions: Grand Canyon National Park. Visit: www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/trail-closures.htm
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy 67 south from Jacob Lake to Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Area. Enter the park (fee required) and continue south about 11 miles. After you pass the road to Cape Royal on the left, watch for a dirt road on the right to Widforss Hiking Trail.
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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.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!