I have been to Toroweap Point twice, many years apart. The first time we were quite alone, the campground was right there at the end of the road and the views were incredible. The second time, not so long ago the campground had been moved to a more remote location, there were vehicles coming and going all day long, we even witnessed a wedding group bride in white and all.
What had not changed at this remote part of the North Rim was the wild view of the Colorado River almost three thousand feet straight down. There are no facilities at the end of the road, there are no barriers, there are no interpretation signs, there are no shops with dodads to purchase within 60 dirt road miles. Instead we listened to the roar of the most feared rapids on the river, Lava Falls, looking at this distance like a tiny ripple in the flow of the brown river.
The 120 mile round trip is mostly on level graded ranch road. But once you get to the park boundaries and pass the ranger station at Tuweap the road changes dramatically. You'll want a high clearance, tough tire vehicle (with tire repair and spare) to get you that last 10 miles as it goes over rocks and a path that has not been helped by the passage of time and all those vehicles. It was much rougher the second time around.
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Dirt Roads to other viewpoints
The North Rim is a forest, and there are many forest roads criss-crossing the plateau. Some lead to wonderful views such as Point Sublime (4x4 and high clearance definitely needed), Crazy Jug Point or East Rim View point (which is not in the park). Others lead to vague trail heads to way off the beaten path Grand Canyon trails, such as Bill Hall Trailhead to Thunder River.
If you have the right vehicle and the rain hasn't turned the roads into mud then get a good map and do some off track exploring.
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A Quiet Walk In The Kaibab Forest
I drove to the road that heads to Point Sublime, just a mile or so beyond the lodge at the North Rim.
When I couldn't go any further, (road conditions) I decided to take a hike in the Kaibab Forest. This was the highlight of my time at the North Rim. I was by myself, listening to the birds and wind. I walked a couple of miles (I had a compass, DON'T GET LOST!) and it started to thunder.
The peace, solitude and beauty of the forest was really neat.
This side, the North im, is...
This side, the North im, is off the beaten path, though it is still visited by numerous tourists per year. However, as said, it concerns only 10% of all visitors to the Grand Canyon and in low season that means only a few hundred per day.