"Hike the Rim Trail" Hikes Tip by windsorgirl
Hikes, Grand Canyon National Park: 25 reviews and 58 photos
We decided to keep our hiking to the top of the rim in order to enjoy the sweeping vistas across the canyon. The Rim Trail extends from Pipe Creek Vista in the east to Hermits Rest in the west, twelve miles in all. The path is virtually level, with fantastic views the entire way, and few tourists once you head west of the village.
We began our hike at the Bright Angel Trailhead and headed westward. The trail is very well marked and paved for the first 1.5 miles, after that it turns into a dirt path, and in some locations skirts very close to the cliff's edge. You can see the path to the left in my photo and that there are no rails to keep you from tumbling over the edge. Proceed with caution, and I do not recommend bringing small children along.
If you become too tired or too hot hiking along the Hermits Rest Route, you can always jump on the Shuttle Bus that runs up and down Hermit Road. You can then jump off at the next viewpoint. It is an 8 mile hike along Hermit Road, we hiked 5 miles and took the shuttle for one 3 mile stretch. We also rode the shuttle back to Grand Canyon Village.
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