Rainbow Rim Trail #10
ElevationAscent: 1,517' 462 m
Descent: -1,491' -454 m
High: 7,807' 2,380 m
Low: 7,493' 2,284 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A high elevation, remote, and iconic singletrack trail that hugs the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.”— Tom Robson
Many riders prefer the flow of the trail from north to south, but it rides well either way. Setting up camp at Locust Point for example, which is the midpoint of the trial, enables you to divide up the trail as two separate out-and-back rides: 1) Locust Point south to Timp Point and back and, 2) Locust Point north to Parissawampitts Point and back.
Even though it is purported that up to 90% of the Rainbow Rim's users are mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders commonly use this trail as well.
The Rainbow Rim Trail offers 18 miles (one-way) of exceptional solitude on a remote rim of the Grand Canyon.
While running the Rainbow Rim, the views are fantastic, but somewhat infrequent, which make you appreciate every time you come across a glimpse into the great abyss. In fact, you never are very far from the rim, but the majority of the running is spent traveling on a well-designed and sustainably built trail in forest, up and down shallow drainages, and across flower-filled meadows.
Each of the trail's five overlooks offer a distinct view and perspective of the Grand Canyon's features including the Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheater and Great Thumb Mesas.
Mileages from each Point are as follows:
Parissawampitts to Fence = 5.5 miles
Fence to Locust = 3.0 miles
Locust to North Timp = 6.5 miles
North Timp to Timp = 3.0 miles
Total = 18 miles one-way
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Land Manager: USFS - Kaibab National Forest Office