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Rim Trail - Mather Point to Pipe Crk Overlook, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,119 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.37
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9  2020-09-12 Jim_H
7  2018-06-05 Tortoise_Hiker
4  2013-12-14
River Trail - Grand Canyon
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Plateau Point
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17  2008-05-26 TM1ssKDMac
13  2007-10-03 Dschur
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Routes 0
Photos 532
Trips 51 map ( 299 miles )
Age 62 Female Gender
Location Payson, AZ
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Northwest Region
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Preferred May, Oct, Sep, Apr
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Sun  6:58am - 6:24pm
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South Rim Views
by Dschur

Rim Trail is an easy hike that wanders along the rim of the Grand Canyon South-Rim. The trail is paved and makes a good trail for anyone; it is wheelchair accessible. There are also fewer people than on most of the trails along the rim of the canyon. The best place to park is at the Pipe Creek overlook, which is a stop for the shuttle busses on the Kaibab Trail shuttle. It is the first overlook on the East Drive of the canyon. There are three parking places along the road that you can park. The trail starts to the East of the parking areas and the shuttle drop-off. It is easy to find and takes you along the rim of the canyon to Mather Point, which is about 1.5 miles along the trail and is one of the busiest points at the canyon.

The trail goes thru an area where a fire has burned, so it is a little bit open in that area. There are many unfenced overlooks, so be careful in approaching the rim. There are all kinds of wildlife, from Western bluebirds and lizards, and there are deer too along the trail. Once to the Mather point (you will be able to tell because the number of people will increase, including the tour groups, but they tend to stay close to the point itself and don't wander too far down the trail), you can turn around and go back to the start or hike along some more of the Rim Trail. It goes all the way to Bright Angel Lodge. At Mather point, it is just a short hike to the Visitor Center with restrooms and drinking fountains if more water is needed, or you can catch the shuttles to the rest of the canyon. It is an easy hike back to the parking area the way you came.

Hermit's Rest to Village7.4 mi
Hermit's Rest to Pima Point1.1 mi
Pima Point to The Abyss2.6 mi
The Abyss to Mohave Point1.0 mi
Mohave Point to Hopi Point0.8 mi
Hopi Point to Powell Point0.2 mi
Powell Point to Maricopa Point0.5 mi
Maricopa Point to Trailview Overlook0.7 mi
Trailview Overlook to Village0.5 mi
Village to Mather Point2.5 mi
Village to Yavapai Point1.9 mi
Yavapai Point to Mather Point0.6 mi
Mather Point to Pipe Creek Overlook1.2 mi
Mather Point to Pipe Creek Overlook1.2 mi

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2007-11-02 Dschur
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Take I-40 to Williams, AZ, then North along State HWY 64. Grand Canyon park is at the end, they will give you maps when you enter.

It is the first overlook on the East Drive of the canyon towards Desert View and Cameron.

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