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Rainbow Rim Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 16 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,629 feet
Elevation Gain 270 feet
Avg Time One Way 8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.9
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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25  2018-05-26
Kaibab Plateau Tour
14  2015-07-24 Oregon_Hiker
13  2015-07-23
Rim Trail #10 North End
52  2013-09-02 tibber
5  2004-01-17 noelg90
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Aug, May → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:07am - 5:21pm
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Rainbow Rim 1 - S. Timp to N. Timp
0.0 mi away
2.9 mi
434 ft
Rainbow Rim 2 - N. Timp to Locust
Rainbow Rim 2 - N. Timp to Locust
0.5 mi away
5.4 mi
375 ft
Rainbow Rim 3 - Locust to Fence
1.1 mi away
3.0 mi
167 ft
Rainbow Rim 4 - Fence to Parissawampitts
1.7 mi away
5.7 mi
555 ft
Fire Point Trail
1.8 mi away
Steamboat Mountain - GC
2.6 mi away
Powell Plateau
Powell Plateau
3.2 mi away
14.0 mi
3,000 ft
North Bass Trail
North Bass Trail
3.2 mi away
13.5 mi
6,000 ft
Crazy Jug Canyon
4.2 mi away
Tapeats Spring
Tapeats Spring
5.4 mi away
6.2 mi
1,690 ft
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Rainbow Rim Trail is a 16 mile one way hike with 270 feet elevation gain. Located 26 miles north-northwest of Grand Canyon Arizona. September and June are the best months to enjoy this hike.

This incredible trail ribbons an 18 mile section of the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

HAZ breaks it down as follows:

#1 - 2.3 miles
S. Timp to N. Timp

#2 - 6.5 miles
N. Timp to Locust

#3 - 3.7 miles
Locust to Fence

#4 - 5.5 miles
Fence to Parissawampits

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    Kaibab FS Reports

    Located along the rim of the Grand Canyon and connecting five large "Points" of land which overhang the Canyon and the Arizona Strip. The five "Points" are: Parissawampitts, Fence, Locust, North Timp and Timp. Each offers a different view and perspective of Grand Canyon features such as Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheater and Great Thumb Mesas, as well as the Mt. Trumbull region of The Arizona Strip. In addition to the areas along the rim, the trail passes through a forest of old growth Ponderosa pine and drops into a number of steep-sided canyons filled with groves of aspens and small meadows.

    USGS Map: Timp Point

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Map Drive

    To hike

    Access: Parissawampitts: Go 26.5 miles south of Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center on AZ 67, turn right on Forest Development Road (FDR) 22 for 10.5 miles to FDR 206. Turn left and continue on FDR 206 for 3.5 miles and turn right on FDR 214 and follow it for 8 miles to Parissawampitts Viewpoint.

    Fence: Continue on FDR 206 for an additional 1.5 miles to the FDR 271, turn right for .1 mile to FDR 294, continue on FDR 294 for .1 to FDR 293 and follow it to the trailhead in about 8 miles.

    Locust: Follow FDR 294 for about 8 miles to the trailhead.

    North Timp: From the junction of FDR 206 and 271, follow FDR 271 for 5 miles to FDR 271A, turn right and follow FDR 271A for 3 miles.

    Timp: From the junction of FDR 206 and 271, follow FDR 271 for 8 miles to the trailhead.

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