Rim Trail

 8 votes

10.2 Miles 16.4 Kilometers


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447' 136 m

Ascent

-818' -249 m

Descent

7,180' 2,188 m

High

6,803' 2,074 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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A fantastic trail along the Grand Canyon south rim with views, shade, and low grades.

Nicholas Shannon

Overview

NO water directly along the trail. Water is in the Grand Canyon Village area and at Hermits Rest.
A spectacular, family-friendly hike along the Grand Canyon's southern rim. Plenty of barely believable viewpoints along this trail that make for short and wonderful side trips to your adventure.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: This is an unchallenging trail with plenty of access from the shuttle for various distances.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Begin from any viewpoint in Grand Canyon Village or along Hermit Road. You are also able to access the trail from many of the shuttle bus stops.

The Rim Trail stretches from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermits Rest, a distance of approximately thirteen miles (21 km), most of the trail is paved. Between Pipe Creek Vista and Bright Angel Lodge, only a few short sections of the trail have grades that exceed accessibility standards.

West of Bright Angel Lodge, the Rim Trail narrows and climbs the Bright Angel Fault to viewpoints along Hermit Road. Between Powell Point and Monument Creek Vista, the trail is a three-foot wide dirt trail. The section of the Rim Trail between Monument Creek Vista and Hermits Rest is also known as the Hermit Road Greenway Trail.

There is shade along the Rim Trail, which is great on a hot summer day. Most of the trail is paved and makes for excellent walking with quiet views of the inner canyon, or just for visitors who desire an easy hike with minimal elevation change. However, please beware of lightning during summer thunderstorms.

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Jul 4, 2017
Corinne Arnell
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Jul 2, 2017
Drew Sigmon
South Kaibab Trailhead to GCVC 2.4mi
Jun 29, 2017
Drew Sigmon
GCVC to Bright Angel Trailhead 3.2mi
Jun 26, 2017
Carol Kelley
The views are amazing! Just when you think it can't be any different... very inspiring. God's masterpiece!
Jun 25, 2017
SedonaRay Preston
This Rim Trail is Truly Spectacular ! A Perfect Primer for hiking the Grand Canyon ! Without descending down into the canyon, Bus Access is nearby. 13.5mi — 6h 10m
Jun 21, 2017
Nancy Metcalf
South Rim.. 5mi

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