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Rim to Rim, AZ
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Description 165 Triplogs  21 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Northwest > South Rim
4.6 of 5 by 39
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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 44.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,820 feet
Elevation Gain -4,840 feet
Accumulated Gain 11,000 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 18 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 99.5
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
4  2018-05-20 capcyclone
18  2018-05-13 slater
25  2018-03-31 Nightstalker
28  2017-11-04 BiFrost
30  2017-10-07 topohiker
19  2017-09-23
Rim to Rim and Upper Ribbon Falls
26  2017-04-29 Thoreau
6  2017-04-28 hikeaz
31  2016-09-23 ddgrunning
10  2016-05-31 fearnestiv
6  2015-10-24 MikeS
4  2015-10-17 Hippy
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Preferred   Sep, Oct, Apr, May → Early
Sun  5:46am - 7:20pm
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Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Area Water
Toroweap to Upper Hummingbird
0.0 mi away
2.2 mi
860 ft
Bright Angel Trail
0.0 mi away
7.5 mi
-4,390 ft
Plateau Point
0.0 mi away
1.6 mi
165 ft
Battleship - Grand Canyon
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6.5 mi
2,400 ft
Garden Creek
0.0 mi away
13.5 mi
4,500 ft
Bright Angel - Tonto - South Kaibab
0.0 mi away
13.2 mi
4,042 ft
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Bighorn Sheep
California Condor
Canyon Tree Frog
Carpenter Bee
Common Raven
Eastern Collared Lizard
Gopher Snake
Mule Deer
Night Snake
Pinyon Jay
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly
Rock Squirrel
Steller's Jay
Tree Cricket
Western Tanager
Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
Bigtooth Maple
Common Greenshield
Mojave prickly poppy
Polypore Mushrooms and Conks
Purple Nightshade
Redbud Tree
Sacred Datura
Sticky ringstem
Tansyleaf Spine Aster
Unidentified Flora
Coconino Sandstone
Tapeats Sandstone
Autumn - Color Foliage
Double Rainbow
Named place
Angels Gate
Brahma Temple
Bright Angel Creek
Bright Angel Falls - S of Manzanita Creek
Bright Angel Point
Buddha Temple
Cheops Pyramid
Clement Powell Butte
Dana Butte
Deva Temple
Grand Canyon - North Rim
Grand Canyon National Park
Hattan Butte
Hopi Point
Horus Temple
Isis Temple
Johnson Point
O'Neill Butte
Phantom Creek
Phantom Ranch
Plateau Point
Red Butte
Ribbon Falls
Roaring Springs
Roaring Springs Canyon
Shiva Temple
Sumner Butte
The Battleship
The Tipoff
Tower of Set
Zoroaster Temple
Glen Canyon Linear (Zoomorphic)
HAZ - Hike HAZard
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HAZ Food
Holiday Spirit
Kayenta Anasazi Storage Building
Summit Register Log
Unidentified Culture
Death March
by lobo41

Please post triplogs and photos to this page for all rim-rim hikes regardless if it's R2R, R2R2R (aka R3, Rim Cubed, etc.) or even R2R2R2R2R (R5 ping pong dual). Thank you!

SK - South Kaibab
NK - North Kaibab
BA - Bright Angel
OBA - Old Bright Angel

SK -> NK 19.85mi / 6,200 AEG
NK -> BA 22.15mi / 4,800 AEG
SK -> NK -> BA 44.50mi / 11,000 AEG
SK -> NK -> SK 42.00mi / 11,000 AEG

SK -> NK -> KP -> OBA -> NK -> BA
48.00mi / 11,500 AEG

These are realistic numbers from hours of intricate map work. Adjust in your triplogs as you see fit.

Page Stats reflect Rim to Rim to Rim Hike: I can not explain why anyone would attempt to hike from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the North Rim and return to the South Rim in less than 24 hours. We first started talking about a RTRTR in 1995, but the spring rains washed out the North Kaibab Trail. Finally, in April 2002, three of us (ages 55, 56 and 58) made the trip. Depending on which trails you select, the distance is 44.5 to 47 miles. We opted to use the South Kaibab, North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails for our hike.

We selected a date when there was to be a full moon. We started our serious preparation four months in advance with weekly hikes of increasing difficulty and distance. Because of the proximity of the White Tank Mountains most of our hiking was done there. For variety, we also hiked the Quartz Peak Trail, Flat Iron, Reavis Ranch, Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Squaw Peak.

We left Phoenix at 7:30 AM. We stopped for breakfast at Denny's in Verde Valley en route and arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park a little after noon. The original plan was to have lunch, take a nap, and start hiking at approximately 5:00 PM. However, we were full from our big breakfast and no one felt like eating. So, we caught the shuttle bus to Yaki Point and started our hike at 1:30 PM. (We would have been better served by spending the night at the Canyon and starting at sunrise.) It is 7.2 miles from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch and there is loss of 4840 feet in elevation between the trailhead and the Colorado River.

From Phantom Ranch, we took the North Kaibab Trail. It is 14 miles from Phantom Ranch to the North Rim with a 5821 foot elevation gain. It got dark as we arrived at the caretakers house below Roaring Springs. A heavy cloud cover hid the full moon so we hiked by the light of our Petzl Tikka headlamps, rather than the hoped for moonlight. We topped out at the North Rim at 9:40 PM and immediately headed back for Phantom Ranch. At Phantom Ranch, we took the River Trail and the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim. It is 9.4 miles and an elevation gain of 4480 from Phantom Ranch to the Bright Angel Trailhead. We topped out at approx 11:30 AM, 22 hours after we started. Our RTRTR was a total distance of 44.5 miles with 20,802 feet total elevation change (Or 3.95 miles).

Suggestions for someone undertaking a RTRTR: lighten the load by stashing food and equip, eat and drink continually, take good flash lights, layer clothing, be prepared for all weather extremes, and use hiking sticks. Water is available at Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood Campground, Roaring Springs, North Rim if it is officially open), and Indian Gardens


Grand Canyon NPS Reports RIM TO RIM SHUTTLE
A shuttle service is provided seasonally between the between the North and South Rims for a fee by Trans Canyon Shuttle (a park permittee). One trip each way daily. Call (928) 638-2820. Scheduled service available until Oct. 15. Charter service available until Oct. 31. Reservations required. $90 one-way( updated 2018 ). Departs North Rim 7:00 a.m.; Arrives South Rim noon; departs South Rim 1:30 p.m.; arrives North Rim 6:30 p.m.

A shuttle to the North Kaibab trailhead is available 5:20 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. daily. Cost is $5 for first person and $2 for each additional person. Purchase tickets at Grand Canyon Lodge front desk. Pick-up point is in front of the lodge.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Grand Canyon Village (SOUTH RIM) is located 60 miles north of Interstate 40 at Williams via highway 64, and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff via highway 180. The South Kaibab Trailhead is at Yaki Point. Once in the Park, catch the Village Shuttle (Blue Line) to the Canyon View Information Plaza. From the Canyon View Information Center, take the Kaibab Trail Route Shuttle (Green Line. There is also a Hikers Express version of the Kaibab Trail Route. It leaves from the Bright Angel Lodge, goes to the Backcountry Information Center, and then on to South Kaibab Trailhead. (There are three Hikers' Express trips each morning, departure times depend on the month.) The Bright Angel Trailhead is just west of the Bright Angel Lodge.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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