Kanab Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #8 Canyon Depth: 1,900 ft.
Rim Elevation: 5,500 ft. Stream Elevation: 3,600 ft.
Vegetation: Semi-arid and desert Frequently Seen Animals: Deer, bighorn sheep, snakes.
Hiking Season: Spring, fall to early winter  
The Trail
Name: Slide Canyon Trail #58 to Kanab Creek Trail #59 Difficulty: Moderate
Length of Hike (r/t): 18.9 miles Trail Elevation Change: 2,160 ft.
Trail Low Point: 3,600 ft.  Trail High Point:  5,760 ft.
Water: There are occasional springs at Wildband, Willow, Rock, and Slide Canyon. Purify first.  
Tips: The trail is located within the Kanab Creek Wilderness.

Follow the Slide Canyon trail downstream until it intersects with the Snake Gulch Trail #59. Turn left and follow the Snake Gulch trail downstream until you reach the junction with Kanab Creek. This is the turnaround point. 

Note—this is the easiest and shortest way to reach Kanab Canyon. However, be aware that Slide Canyon Trail #58 is not signed or maintained, so exercise caution and bring good USGS topo maps and a compass and know how to use them.

The Slide-Snake-Kanab hike can be combined with the Jumpup Canyon hike. It is approximately 9.5 miles from the Slide Canyon trailhead to the junction with the Ranger Trail #41, then 17 miles to the Jumpup Canyon trailhead on FR 234. From there it is approximately 5 miles on FR 423 to return to the Slide Canyon trailhead. Allow 3-4 days to complete this approximately 32 mile loop.
Hiking Permit Needed: None Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed Horses Permitted: No
Cross-country Skiing Permitted:  Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Safety Tips: This trail is in a remote area, with high summer temperatures, and extremely rugged terrain. It is therefore recommended that specific and current information be obtained from the Visitor Center.
The Drive
General Location: North Rim Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes
Nearest Town: Jacob Lake  
Directions: Go 0.3 mile south of the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center on AZ 67, turn right on Forest Development Road (FDR) 461 for 5.5 miles to FDR 462, turn right and go 3 miles to FDR 22. Turn left on FDR 22 for 2 miles to FDR 423. Turn right on FDR 235 to FDR 423. Turn right on FDR 423 to Slide Canyon Trailhead.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Gramma Springs and Jumpup Point, Kanab Point Office of Tourism Region: Grand Canyon Country
County: Coconino Managing Agency:
Kaibab Plateau Visitors Center
HC 64, Highways AZ 67/US 89A
Jacob Lake, AZ 86022
Voice: 928-643-7298
Web Site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/oldrecreation/trnk_snak.html

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