Clear Creek Trail

A rarity. Very few trails in the Inner Gorge traverse the north bank of the river. Well-looked after, Clear Creek remains a deliciously lonely place off-season. 10 hours and about 17.5 miles round trip, some guidebooks rate the trail as difficult. I didn’t find it so. You’ll be well compensated by views of Zoroaster and Brahma Temples. With a backcountry permit, you can spend the night under the cottonwoods at the creek or do a day hike and return to Bright Angel Campground or Phantom Ranch. But start early and pack your own water. There’s none on the trail. Pick up Clear Creek Trail 1/3 of a mile north of Phantom Ranch along the North Kaibab Trail.