Distance: 1.2 miles round-trip
Duration: 1–2 hours
Elevation gain: 800 feet
Trailhead: River right, mile 20
Several tributaries in Marble Canyon’s 60-mile stretch make beautiful from-the-river hikes, and a few can be accessed from the Marble Platform for rugged canyoneering adventures. North Canyon is notable for its sinuously eroded reddish Supai Group sandstones, carved by centuries of flooding into narrows and pools.
As you make your way up this side canyon, you’ll encounter boulders and a couple of pour-overs that you can climb around. Depending on the season and rainfall, you may encounter pools that you’ll need to wade across to continue upcanyon. If there’s enough water, the deepest pools may form waterslides for those who like getting wet.
Unless you have technical climbing gear and plenty of time, the end of the hike will be a little over 0.5 miles from the river, when you encounter a pour-over too high to scramble.
© Kathleen Bryant from Moon Grand Canyon, 5th Edition