160 miles
Distance
18,345 ft
Climb
-18,342 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Water can be scarce on the North Rim, plan accordingly!! The North Rim facilities at the Canyon are only open from May 15th - October 15th, closed in winter.

Best done as a CCW loop from Jacob Lake over 3 days. The first half of the ride is mostly forest roads, but they are scenic. Look for the petroglyphs in the first canyon, an old cabin near the Rainbow Rim and a few views to the west near Zion.

This route traverses the entire Rainbow Rim trail from west to east along the Canyon's edge. A rare treat for mountain bikers. Take the 5 mile detour down to Point Sublime and enjoy 270ยบ sweeping views of the Grand Canyon, arguably one of the best vantage points in the entire park. Re-supply at the North Rim they enjoy the final 50 miles back to Jacob Lake on the Arizona Trail. The short HAB efforts are rewarded with pristine singletrack through high alpine meadows. A stunning overlook at the East Rim viewpoint will stop you in your tracks. Even an old burn area has some rippin' trail.

Don't forget to grab a great post-ride meal & cookie at the Jacob Lake Inn.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Sublime Kaibab Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,129 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,631 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,633 ft
  • Grade max
    -50.783%
  • Grade min
    67.178%
  • Distance climb
    70 miles
  • Distance down
    70 miles
  • Distance flat
    20 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Rainbow Rim
Jul 26, 2017 @ 7:45am
Jul 26, 2017
Trail between Parissawampitts Pt and Locus Pt has a lot of areas with loose rocks and overgrown plants taking over the trail. The trail between Locus Pt and Timp Pt is in pretty good condition and fun with only small areas of overgrown plants.
Arizona Trail: 39/40/41 (North Rim to 89A)
Jul 7, 2016 @ 7:31pm
Jul 7, 2016
This trail was in good shape and super fun from the park boundary to the burn area near Telephone Hill. From there on in to Jacob Lake it was still good but not quite as amazing. There are about 4 downed trees on the trail in the burn area.
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