Clear Creek Trail
|Clear Creek Trail|
|Length||8.4 mi (13.5 km)|
|Location||Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States|
|Trailheads||Clear Creek Trail Junction with North Kaibab Trail|
Clear Creek, Grand Canyon
|Elevation change||1,300 ft (400 m)|
|Highest point||Sumner Wash|
|Lowest point||Clear Creek Trail Junction|
|Season||Early Spring to|
The trail begins near the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of Phantom Ranch at a junction with the North Kaibab Trail. From the trail head, the trail ascends 1,150 feet (350 m) to the Tonto Platform over the first 1.7 miles (2.7 km). Once on the platform, the trail heads east around the south side of Zoroaster Temple, a large butte on the north side of the river that's easily identified from Grand Canyon Village on the south rim. The trail follows contours around the temple for several miles until it reaches the Ottoman Amphitheater, and then descends into the Clear Creek drainage. Total trail length to Clear Creek is about 8.4 miles (13.5 km).
Camping in the Clear Creek area is "at large" with two exceptions: No camping is allowed between the trail head at the junction with the North Kaibab Trail and Sumner Wash, and in the Clear Creek drainage from its mouth at the Colorado River upstream to the first major side-canyon entering from the east. Most creek beds along the trail are dry. Perennial water is only available at Clear Creek at the eastern terminus of the trail. All water in the Clear Creek area must be filtered, treated, or boiled before consuming.
Construction of the trail was a Civilian Conservation Corps project during 1934 and 1935. It was originally used as a mule trail for visitors from Phantom Ranch, but this ended during World War II. Clear Creek Trail is the only trail that traverses the Tonto Platform on the north side of the Colorado River.
- Grand Canyon National Park, Official site
- Clear Creek Trail National Park Service factsheet.
- Grand Canyon National Park, Backcountry Trails and Use Areas