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Rim Trail

  4.6 ( 53 ) Favorite


13.1 mile 21.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 469' 143 m
Descent: -990' -302 m
High: 7,181' 2,189 m
Low: 6,660' 2,030 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Nicholas Shannon

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

Nicholas Shannon

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

ADA Accessible The Rim Trail is ADA accessible except for the section between Hermits rest and Monument Creek due to due to steep grade and/or unpaved surface. Users can take a shuttle between the two points.

Family Friendly This is an unchallenging trail with plenty of access from the shuttle for various distances.

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.


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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Sep 9, 2020
Federica Budoni
Oct 14, 2019
Meggie Tran
From Trailview Overlook to Hopi Point. Took the bus afterwards.
Oct 1, 2019
Tami Gonyea
Aug 31, 2019
Jess Moshoginis
Aug 11, 2019
Larry Cressman
Jul 30, 2019
Tamara Potter
Jul 26, 2019
Hunter Ruffin
2.7mi — 1h 45m
Jul 20, 2019
Daniel Snyder

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  4.6 from 53 votes


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