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Rainbow Rim trail #10

Mountain biker enjoying the views from the Rainbow Rim trail
Views from the Rainbow Rim trail
Rainbow Rim trail
Views from the Rainbow Rim trail
Map: Rainbow Rim trail
Elevation plot: Rainbow Rim trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

From the North rim entrance to the Grand Canyon, go 12 miles North on HWY-67. Turn left (West) at the signed junction with FR222. Go 10.5 miles on this well graded dirt road to the signed junction with FR206. Turn left here and go 4.7 miles, staying on FR206 through several signed forks. This road will eventually turn into FR271 (signed, stay left at the junction with FR271A). Continue along FR271 for an additional 8 miles to the signed trailhead and Timp point.

To access North Timp point, while driving along FR271, turn right at the junction with FR271A and drive 3 miles to the parking area.

To access Locus point, take FR206 to the signed junction with FR294. Turn right onto FR294 and follow it about 8 miles to the parking area.

To access Fence point, take FR206 to the signed junction with FR293. Turn right onto FR293 and follow it about 8 miles to the parking area.

To access Parissawampitts point, take FR206 to the signed junction with FR214. Turn right and follow FR214 about 8 miles to the parking area.
Forest Road 222
North Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

18.30 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The total trail goes 18.3 miles along the rim. It's likely you'll only hike a section of this trail.
It took us four hours of mountain biking to travel the length of this trail. If you're hiking, pick a section and enjoy!
Elevation Change
1,200 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
600 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Gain
600 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 600 feet up and down ascent (each way)
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • December
Season Details
Date Hike completed
July 17, 2011


Solitude Details
Pretty good. We shared the trail with about five other people.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Be Aware of: Mountain bikers

30 yr old Recommendation: This turned into a great mountain bike ride for us, visiting five great Grand Canyon viewpoints. Depending on which section of the trail you hike, it can be anything from Easy to Difficult.


Be Aware of
Mountain Bikers

Hike the Rainbow rim trail in Grand Canyon National park, Arizona.

The Rainbow rim trail is designed to be a mountain biking trail that links five different viewpoints along a remote section of the North rim of the Grand Canyon. Doing the entire trail probably isn't feasible (or even necessary) so pick a section and start hiking. We did this entire length as a one way mountain bike ride and it was a blast! The trails between each of the points has the same pattern. The trail starts with great views of the Grand Canyon, heads away from the rim through an easy to follow trail through a Ponderosa pine and Aspen forest, before heading back to the rim for more great Grand Canyon views. The map is very helpful and the distances between each of the points are provided below. This way you can pick a section to hike based on your ability and desire.

Key Milestones:

Between Temp point and North Temp point                     3.0 miles

Between North Timp point and Locust point                     6.5 miles

Between Locust point and Fence point                             3.0 miles

Between Fence point and Parissawampitts point               5.5 miles

All of the viewpoints are well signed and have maps of the area. From any of the viewpoints, you can see the Esplanade, along with Powell Plateau, Tapeats Amphitheater, Surprise valley, and even Mount Trumbull on a clear day.    



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