In the late 1870s, Edward Dutton led various geological survey teams deep into what was then the unmapped northern side of the Grand Canyon. He found a long narrow promontory extending far out into the canyon with views he called "most sublime." Today there are only two routes to Dutton's Point Sublime. The first originates at the Grand Canyon's North Rim Village and is appropriately named Point Sublime. The second route comes in from the north and is named Kanabownits for a picturesque spring along the trail. Kanabownits Road passes through a fertile forest with ferns towered over by old-growth Ponderosa pines. Spruce and aspens dot the forest. The tight trail drops into small tight canyons, grips hillsides on narrow shelves, and bursts into open glades fed by springs. Once a ranger lived along the trail watching for wildfires. Today only the small deteriorating cabin remains up a small spur trail. While Point Sublime is the objective of the area, should you choose to enter or depart by the north, Kanabownits Road is a worthy part of the adventure.
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