Grand Canyon North Rim 

  • Thunder River Trail
  • 4 Day Backpacking
  • August 26-29, 2021
  • Difficulty Level 5 (most strenuous)
  • Fundraising Commitment – $3,000 per participant
  • Trip Capacity: 9 Participants, 2 Guides – SOLD OUT
  • Guide services 100% donated by Backcountry Found

Trip Descirption

Backcountry solitude far from the crowds, breathtaking views at every turn, unexpected waterfalls, unparalleled stargazing, and the very best guides in the desert southwest. This will be your adventure into the remote and spectacular wilderness backcountry on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s a challenging but extremely rewarding 4 day backpacking trip that shows off the very best that the Grand Canyon has to offer.

We have perfected this itinerary over the past 10 years to provide an unsurpassed experience. Our guides have a combined total of over 800 days on this route alone. We know the trails, terrain, geology, fossils, plants, animals, history, astronomy and all the secret spots that you’d never see if you came on your own. In short, we know our stuff and you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Trip Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Meeting location: Kanab, Utah

Trip beings at 8 am on Day 1 and ends in the late afternoon on Day 4. Trips are not confirmed until a permit has been secured from the Grand Canyon Backcountry Office.

WHAT WE PROVIDE: Permit, guides with Wilderness First Responder certifications, tents & ground cloths, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, cooking equipment, water filters and other group gear and first aid kits.

YOU NEED TO BRING: Adventurous spirit, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking footwear that is well broken-in, water bottles and/or hydration bladder to carry 4 liters minimum, lunches & snacks, headlamp, eating bowl & utensil, camp shoes or sandals and rain jacket. A complete gear list will be sent after registering.

Full gear and training page for the North Rim HERE. 

100% of guide services donated by Backcountry Found



The donation of participant tents, all group gear, two certified guides, permits and meals is provided at no cost to BAWT from Backcountry Found. Backcountry Found is 100% committed to increasing equity and diviersity in the outdoors industry. Current programs also include women’s only trips. Go to for more information. 

For more information and photos of Backcountry Found’s Grand Canyon North Rim backpacking trip click here.

What Our Students Say

“BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature… On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way). My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally. The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip….priceless. I was so much more competent and confident. This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.”

Zotunde Morton

Youth Worker
Ujimaa Foundation

So excited to continue the growth of our club. This was our 5th completed trip this year, and I feel so grateful that it’s beginning to feel like a real institution and space respected in the school! Thank you BAWT, for your dedication to supporting all humans in experiencing the healing and power of Mother Earth. Excited to continue our partnership!

Mira Stern

Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection

youth served in 2019

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Courses taught

Other courses

Hiking Leadership Training

1-day course for novice and experienced hikers provides leadership and facilitation skills for planning, organizing and leading fun and safe hikes with youth.

Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a highly experiential 2-day class for everyone who wants to learn how to handle medical situations in the backcountry. You’ll gain the confidence and the skills to handle a first aid emergency.

Frontcountry Leadership Training

Our FLT is an entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources needed to take youth safely and successfully on overnight trips.