Trails Update

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Bright Angel Trail has small, occasional patches of ice.  Over-the-shoe traction devices optional.

South Kaibab Trail and Hermit Trail have no snow or ice.

Grandview Trail and Tanner Trail might have some small ice patches.  Over-the-shoe traction devices suggested just in case.

North Kaibab Trail (between Roaring Springs and the trailhead) has issues with rock fall, debris on the trail, and sections that are slumping away.  Trail damage was caused by a warm winter storm in late January 2013 where rain accelerated snow melt and led to rock falls and mud slides.  The trail is open and passable, but hikers should plan for degraded trail conditions and loose rock until mid-May when the National Park Service trail crew is expected to complete repairs.  Keep in mind that winter conditions can cause additional issues, anyone hiking the trail must be prepared to assess the conditions they see and determine their own course of action based on risk and their skills.  Be aware the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed to vehicle access.

Access to Bill Hall / Thunder River Trails is currently okay, however we recommend hikers check on road conditions prior to their hike.

North Bass Trailhead and Point Sublime are usually not accessible by car until late May / early June, in a heavy snow year access may be even later.

Over-the-shoe traction devices available for purchase at various locations in the park (including at the Backcountry Information Center).

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 on the South Rim.  The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8am to noon and 1-5pm Mountain Standard Time.

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