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Rim Trail

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Trail

13.1 mile 21.0 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

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

Grade

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

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

Overview

A spectacular, family-friendly run 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.

Runner Notes

In winter, surfaces may be slippery when icy or snowy.

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 run with minimal elevation change. However, please beware of lightning during summer thunderstorms.

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Aug 31, 2018
Catie Kuhlman
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Apr 5, 2017
Jonathan Bartlett
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Aug 24, 2016
Clara Aranovich
10.1mi — 1h 43m

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 55 votes

#4

in South Rim

#106

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#4

in South Rim

#7

in Arizona

#106

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Photos

Coming down Bright Angel.
Apr 7, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Grand Canyon as seen from the Rim Trail.
Apr 7, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
An awesome view of the Grand Canyon.
Dec 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
View from Mather Point - Grand Canyon
Jan 20, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
Grand Canyon Nat. Park: Rock Squirrel
Jul 7, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
The Grand Canyon will take your breath away.
Mar 23, 2017 near Grand C…, AZ

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