22 miles
Distance
2,502 ft
Climb
-2,162 ft
Descent
02:23:08
Avg time
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Rainbow Rim Details

  • Riding area
    Kaibab Plateau
    Jacob Lake, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    spring, summer, autumn
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Singletrack along the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Trail contours a series of drainages through the forest poking out to a few canyon overlooks along the way. Recently the south end has been extended approximately four miles with the ultimate goal of adding more trail in the future to hopefully make the trail a loop.The new section is more twisty than the original alignment with no major climbs.

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More Stats for Rainbow Rim mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    341 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,480 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,949 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,607 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,948 ft
  • Grade
    0.297%
  • Grade max
    -23.746%
  • Grade min
    45.764%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    02:23:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:18
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Status:
on Jul 26, 2017
Variable
Avg: 4.15 (6 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to rainbow-rim trailhead (36.418730, -112.367020)
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Rainbow Rim Trail Reports

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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...
Jul 15, 2017 @ 8:28pm
Jul 15, 2017
8 inch tree down across trail, blocking trail. Must climb over as it is off the ground. Location midway between parisawampitts point and locust...
Jul 24, 2016 @ 5:19pm
Jul 24, 2016
Trail Eroded, loose rocks. Berms have been worn away
Jun 20, 2016 @ 7:35pm
Jun 20, 2016
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Rainbow Rim, Caliente
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Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:56am
Oct 23, 2014
Rainbow Rim, Jacob Lake
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Aug 29, 2010 @ 9:12am
Aug 29, 2010
Rainbow Rim, Grand Canyon

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8 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Raeshell (Aug 30, 2017 at 22:17)
 Elevation profile from parissawampitts pt to locus pt is way off. Its pretty mellow up and down. Between yhese two points, trail was loose rock and overgrown. Between locus and timp point was well worn with loose rock at times. New section before timp point is soft and kinda hard to see sometimes, but really fun. Please add more trail, what a cool place.
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  • + 1
flag praisejah (Feb 20, 2018 at 21:30)
 Thanks for the info. Can you get a small RV back to locust pt to camp or are the forest roads sketchy? I would be going late spring/early summer.
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  • + 1
flag Brete (Sep 19, 2017 at 11:35)
 The views are the reason to ride this. Honestly, there's nothing "intermediate" about the trail. It's GREEN all day (I rode the sections from Locust Pt south past Timp Pt.). Nice smooth single track winding through the forest. Bring your mom. That said, don't expect continuous views. There are a few view points but 96% of this is in the forest with no views of the Grand Canyon.
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flag praisejah (Feb 20, 2018 at 21:29)
 Thanks for the info. Can you get a small RV back to locust pt to camp or are the forest roads sketchy? I would be going late spring/early summer.
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flag Brete (Feb 26, 2018 at 10:39)
 I took my RWD van in there. After a rain there are some huge puddles, maybe I should call them ponds. They were big enough to make me stop and ponder whether I wanted to risk it. I was fine in the end, but it would be verty expensive to get someone in there to pull you out. There's a dude in Kanab who does it for $1500 or so. In any event, I'd say go for it if it's been dry for a while.
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  • + 1
flag Brete (Feb 26, 2018 at 10:42)
 oh, and you're not going to get anywhere close to Locust this time of year. Roads are closed for good reason.
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  • + 0
flag eljefespeaks (Apr 26, 2018 at 14:40)
 I took a Tacoma with RPod 179 into Locust point no problem (provided road doesn't have enough snow)
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flag eljefespeaks (Apr 26, 2018 at 14:41)
 *doesn't have snow
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