The Clear Creek Trail follows the Tonto Platform above Granite Gorge into Clear Creek Canyon. It is a relatively moderate hike in spring, fall and winter, but can be deadly in the summer heat. The route is eight and a half miles in length with a steep climb at the beginning and a steep descent at the end.
Begin this trail from the North Kaibab Trail approximately one half mile north of Phantom Ranch. It begins with a series of short, steep switchbacks leading out of The Box. Once the trail reaches the Tonto Platform, at 3,680 feet the gradient levels considerably. The track continues to climb slowly crossing two drainages before making a large turn northward. This turn leads hikers along the western wall of Zoroaster Canyon for three quarters of a mile before crossing the canyon and ascending to a ridge east of it.
The next stream crossing is a tributary to Clear Creek. Beyond this the route parallels Clear Creek for a mile before descending to it. The track descends 600 feet before reaching the bottom of Clear Creek Canyon. To reach Cheyava Falls from the end of the maintained tread one must be determined. The route ascends Clear Creek Canyon five miles to the falls. Spring is the best season to see the long cascade of Clear Creek. Other seasons are too dry for anything spectacular.
Directions: From North Rim Entrance, Drive southward along North Rim Drive to the North Kaibab Trailhead. Turn left into the parking area and locate the trailhead on the southern side of the lot. Hike southward along the North Kaibab Trail approximately 13 miles to The Box. In the midst of the narrows the Clear Creek Trail forks to the east (left).
Elevation: 2,640 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,000 feet
Usage: Heavy in Summer
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