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Rim Trail

 4.5 (32)

Length


10.2 Miles 16.4 Kilometers


447' 136 m

Ascent

-818' -249 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,180' 2,188 m

High

6,803' 2,074 m

Low

Shared By Nicholas Shannon

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

Nicholas Shannon

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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

Overview

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.
NO water directly along the trail. Water is in the Grand Canyon Village area and at Hermits Rest.

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, 2018
Alex Oberg
Jun 20, 2018
Nastenka Tsiro
2mi
Jun 6, 2018
Megan Romboletti
Amazing. I was with my family and we did a walk on the rim trail and then took the shuttle to the bright angel hotel for lunch and a bit more walking 3mi
Jun 5, 2018
Matt McBrien
Jun 2, 2018
Jeff Chien
Jun 1, 2018
Sonali Singhai
May 26, 2018
Jay Allin
May 25, 2018
Laura Hibbard
Mather pt. to yavapai point and museum 0.7 mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 32 votes

#4

in South Rim

#119

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in South Rim

#7

in Arizona

#119

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