Rainbow Rim Trail #10
ElevationAscent: 1,671' 509 m
Descent: -1,328' -405 m
High: 7,939' 2,420 m
Low: 7,506' 2,288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A high elevation, remote, and iconic singletrack trail that hugs the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.”— Kevin League
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 trail, enables you to divide up the trail as two separate out-and-back rides: 1) Locust Point south past 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.
While riding 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 riding is spent traveling on a well designed and sustainably built trail through 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.
Mileage 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
Timp to Forest Road 271= 4.3 miles
Total = 22.5 miles one-way
Land Manager: USFS - Kaibab National Forest Office