ElevationAscent: 469' 143 m
Descent: -990' -302 m
High: 7,181' 2,189 m
Low: 6,660' 2,030 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A fantastic trail along the Grand Canyon south rim with views, shade, and low grades.”— Nicholas Shannon
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.
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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Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Canyon National Park