Rim Trail

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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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Mar 25, 2017
Leanna Berry
Mar 5, 2017
Karen DeWitt
35-50mph winds 43 degrees. Weather made it a challenge. Beautiful! 14mi
Feb 26, 2017
Tim Grimes
Feb 12, 2017
Sarah Shafer
The views are absolutely incredible. We only walked about a mile of it because the sun was going down, but the Canyon is unreal. I would love to g...
Nov 23, 2016
Hiroyuki Soeta
Oct 15, 2016
Bryce Liposky
Hiked with Adam from Yaki Point to the visitor center. 3mi
Oct 9, 2016
Alexander Mundy
Sep 26, 2016
My-Le Huynh

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