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Rim Trail Ride

Intermediate
 4.3 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great singletrack ride around the top of Page mesa with grand views of Lake Powell.


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10.8

Miles

17.4

KM

75%

Singletrack

4,343' 1,324 m

High

4,051' 1,235 m

Low

413' 126 m

Up

414' 126 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

A nice 11-mile loop around the top of Page Mesa in far northern Arizona with great views of the surrounding desert, Lake Powell and the ever-smoking Navajo Generating plant. This a fun trail and the only singletrack in the area.

Need to Know

In some places, you need some good route-finding skills to locate the trail - but it's there. Look for some road crossings. The trail is a mix of hardpack, slickrock, and some sand. Hybrid/light tread tires not recommended. Plus size tires are great out here -- it's actually a really good trail for fat tire bikes. Local bike shop (Rim Trail ) rents fat tire and plus size tire bikes that are well set up for this trail.

Two things to be aware of - the trail is rated correctly but there is one part that can be quite sketchy so use caution. It is about 200 meters of trail on the little loop on the northwest corner of the route - on the east side of that. There is a trail that can route you an alternate way to the left.

Second, just before the crossing of N Lake Powell there is a drainage that you probably either need to jump or reduce speed for. It can come up quickly especially if you're cruising on the descent so keep an eye out.

Description

This is a great 11-mile circumnavigation of Page that follows the mesa shelf around the town. There are rental bikes that are well set up for the trail available at the local bike shop (Rim Trail Bike Rentalsrimtrailbike.com). The loop can be accessed from either of two trailheads with parking, or from a number of points if you'd prefer to pedal from a nearby hotel. However you approach it, you'll find great views of the surrounding desert and Lake Powell as it takes you around the town and airport.

The Chamber of Commerce has maps available, but the route isn't well signed and there are enough intersections and nearby trails that you'll want to keep the MTB Project mobile app handy to stay on track. There are some funky transitions of the trail through some housing and other spots like the golf course, but it's worth it!

The trailhead to the north allows riders to start with a brief descent and then get the climbing out of the way over the next few miles before a long gradual descent brings you back (as mapped). If you start at the Public Library trailhead, you'll end up dealing with the climb at the end of your ride, but this is probably still the best option if you're pedaling from a hotel.

Some guides say the trail is technical and difficult, but it's not. Sand might be a problem on the east side near the airport boundary, but otherwise it's an easy trail. Head counter-clockwise (as mapped) to enjoy a more gradual climb, especially when there's a headwind from the south. You'll probably have the beautiful views all to yourself.

Best done in early morning for the cool temps. Take water, sunscreen and snacks as there aren't really amenities along the way. If you need to stock up on gear or supplies, check out the local bike shop, Rim Trail Bike and Hike.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kirk Astroth with improvements by Allison Baca and 1 other

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  4.3 from 18 votes

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Photos

Rim Trail lives up to its name in many different sections!
Jan 13, 2018 near Page, AZ
One of several shady hanging gardens on the trail where water run offs from the Mesa occur
Sep 4, 2019 near Page, AZ
Enjoy expansive views from the beautiful Rim Trail in Page, Arizona.
May 11, 2017 near Page, AZ
Stone formations rise above Lake Powell.
May 11, 2017 near Page, AZ

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Jun 8, 2020
Evan Fader
Fun fast flow trail with great views. — 1h 20m
Jun 8, 2020
Sarah Caravella-Fader
Beautiful!!
Mar 14, 2020
Ricardo Hernandez
Oct 28, 2019
Elise Renae
Oct 24, 2019
Daniel Landsberg
Apr 14, 2019
Susan Marshall
Rode from the north parking area, and other than a short stretch of deep sand on the entry/ exit connector, the trail is in great shape. Wow views!
Dec 21, 2018
J Gibson
Oct 14, 2018
Grant Beveridge
Trail is in good shape 11mi