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Rim Trail - Village to Mather Point, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,060 feet
Elevation Gain 270 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.4
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Hermit's Rest to Village 7.4 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 Point 2.5 mi
Village to Yavapai Point1.9 mi
Yavapai Point to Mather Point0.6 mi
Mather Point to Pipe Creek Overlook 1.2 mi
Mather Point to Pipe Creek Overlook1.2 mi

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Rim Trail - Village to Mather Point
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Went down BA to Indian Gardens then back to get my first taste of canyon hiking. We took Rim Trail from Mather Point to BA TH around 7 AM and we were dropping into the canyon around 8 AM. The weather was great, a little warm at the beginning of the ascent but we beat the heat back to the top. I didn't have to stop once on the ascent (except for a mule trail), which felt great!
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My first visit to the GC... When I was a little boy I used to pretend the 20 foot gullies on our land was the Grand Canyon. I dreamed of one day seeing it and today I did. I am not particularly religious but seeing the GC was life affirming. Although it was really just a sightseeing trip, I cannot wait to hike there. Rim to Rim just became a new obsession... Geology is awesome!

Goodly amount of snow. Forgot to say I saw my first pronghorns yesterday on our way back from Sedona. Stoked!
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Rim Trail and Grand Canyon Cemetery
I had time today after lunch to take a stroll to see the fog filling up Grand Canyon. It was gorgeous! I brought along an umbrella since there was a bit of a drizzle. The few tourists along the rim were looking a bit bedraggled and disappointed. They wanted a better view, but mostly all that could be seen was white fog. But every so often a view of the Canyon would present itself.

My camera battery was dead, unfortunately.

My goal in these little walks is to get to know some of the tourist areas I haven't seen before. As a backpacker, I always used to just park the car and grab my pack and head down the trails. Knowledge of the rim museums and other features will help me in my job.

I hadn't been to Verkamp's, so I walked there to see it. I bought a book about Mary Colter, the architect. I also enjoyed the geology information along the Rim trail, and the Super Group rocks on display.

On the way back I took a short-cut through the woods to see the cemetery and the Shrine of the Ages church. There were numerous cow elk and their babies resting about the cemetery and at the grounds of the church. They showed very little concern when I passed by.

I looked in vain for John Hance's grave, since I had heard it is quite prominent there, but somehow I missed it. I did see Ralph Cameron's, Pete Berry's and William Bass's gravestones. However, most of the graves were fairly recent. This surprised me a great deal.

So, I enjoyed my little lunch break walk, and hope to have many more.
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Volunteering at GCVC on Sundays, got to join my ranger friend on her Mather Rove.
We walk all over the area answering questions, explaining geology pointing out condors etc

One lady asked us, "Why did they build the canyon so close to the lodge?"
I read that exact question in a grand canyon book once...its amazing what people come up with!
"Why do they let the elk out so late?"
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How in the world is there a 270 gain on this chunk of the trail!? :lol:

Home to El Tovar to BCO to BA TH to Mather Point through the Village past the G Store through the woods then Home.

Loaded my 28L green Deuter backpack with everything I could think of from 5 of my Grand Canyon books to a HUGE 1st Aid Kit (courtesy of a Squirrel in a puffy blue jacket) to extra sweater, long johns, gloves, hat etc (to simulate a sleeping bag) and every trail snack I had in the house plus 3 liters of water.

Weighed in at the BCO at a mere 20lbs, I had guessed it was only 15lbs when I left the house!

Going to load it up for a full trip next time I head into the Canyon, get use to all that GC AEG with a loaded pack, really, you'd think I'd be use to it right?
I've never hiked into or out of the Canyon with anything bigger than my day pack which is roughly 12lbs, sometimes 15 if I bring a book for reference or something ridiculous.

I really wasn't feeling the elevation today (hence the rim walk) but I did figure out that I need new shoes...there's a big hole in my merrells...finally!
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Another stop on my touristy tour of AZ with my mom and aunt visiting from Norway. We took in the sights on the South Rim on either side of an awesome helicopter tour noted in a separate photoset. Had dinner at the Arizona Room, and when heading to the car just about to head for home, Mom slipped in the parking lot, causing a huge gash in her knee. I pulled out my first aid kit but could easily see that medical care would be required. The clinic was already closed, so I wrapped her knee up in some gauze and an ace bandage. Got some ice from the restaurant, and proceeded to get to FMC in just under an hour. Two hours and 17 stitches later, we hit the road again, heading for the valley, finally arriving back at about 1:30am. An awesome trip with a slightly sour ending. Could've been a lot worse though!
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After a day of hiking, decided to catch the sunset while hiking a section of the Rim trail I haven't done yet. This time i actually did the points in the hike title, from the Bright Angel Lodge to Yavapai, but I took the shuttle back to my car. Awesome views, great place to see the sunset, and it wasn't too crowded.

Map Drive
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To hike
From Flagstaff go North on Highway 180. Along the way you will pass the San Francisco Peaks and not much else through Tusayan to Grand Canyon Village. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The employees are very helpful.
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