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Rainbow Rim Trail

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Newly developed trail follows the North Rim of the Grand Canyon between five overlooking "points": Parissawampitts, Fence, Locust, North Timp, and Timp. Spectacular scenery and singletrack the entire length.
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Latitude
36.31512514748051
Longitude
-111.5771484375
Trail Directions
26.5 miles south of Kaibab Visitor Center on AZ 67, Right on Forest Development Road (FDR) 22 for 10.5 miles to FDR 206. Turn left and continue on FDR 206 fpr 3.5 miles and turn right on FDR 214 and follow it for 8 miles to Parissawampitts Point. (More info available at Kaibab Visitor Center at Jacob Lake.)
Trail Length
18 miles one way
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jacob Lake
   


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Review Date
November 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: AZ Jones ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is eighteen miles of fine single track running along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Along this eighteen miles are five points that stick out into the canyon. The trail follows the rim and then goes in away from the rim to negotiate around drainages or washes to eliminate large elevation changes and then returns to the rim and then out to the next point or (view point) For photos and more info go to my blog called Arizona Jones .http://arizjones.blogspot.com/2010/08/mountain-bike-rainbow-rim-trail.html#comments

Recommended Route:
To get there from Jacob Lake at the intersection of Highway 89A and AZ67 you take AZ67 south about 26.5 miles from the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center. About 0.7 miles past the entrance to the DeMotte Campground entrance you turn right or west on Forest Road (FR) 422. You takes this about 2 miles and then turn south or left on FR270. After about a mile you turn west or right on FR222 and take this for 5 miles to FR206 where you go only a quarter mile and then take FR271. You follow FR271 for 8 miles to Timp Point. The trail is an out and back. If you do the whole thing is 36 miles at above 7000 ft. elevation. Long day for sure

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are amazing sections of the Arizona Trail on the north rim that are well worth checking out as well. All is through real nice forest.



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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: K Hanson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I loved this trail. Passawampitts to North Timp is the best way to go. You can really CRANK on it this way. The altitute can get you if your used to sea level, but otherwise it's not a lung buster.

Recommended Route:
Passawampitts to Timp Point

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arizona trail



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Review Date
August 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: randysmith ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is truely a wilderness trail (there are no locals). Bring everything you'll need to ride and survive. The trail is so well built that anyone could ride it, and it's sweetness will turn turn the pedals for you. At speed you can truely fly on the Raninbow. My wife and I camped at locust point in our Lance camper and had one of the best times of our relationship (22 years of marriage plus a little more). We did two out and backs that took about 3 hours each. My wife has only been on her bike three times this year. Experianced riders would ride each trip in an easy 2 hours. There is nothing like this trail anywhere on Earth. I suggest bring as many friends as possible because you are in big trouble if anything would happen to go wrong. It will change your life. August 6, 2006 to August 9, 2006.

Recommended Route:
Get the Kaibab nationl forest map and take the logical route. Don't follow the directions they give you at Jacob Lake. All of the roads were in good shape except 22 which had a fair amount of washboard.



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Review Date
May 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: skersfan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail is in great shape this spring. A few pine cones on the trail but still in perfect condition. No dust. Views are as always, breath taking. I suggest camping at the Locust site. Gives you a 18 mile ride each way. If you have riders that are not quite fit yet do the stimp to north stimp section. Very easy and very little climbing. My wife loved it. Was not to crazy about the Parawaumpits part but was able to do it. Highway 22 from 67 is very rough due to forestry work. Come from Fredonia on 22, much smoother if you can. They are doing controlled burns so you may have to move your campsite. Never affected us this weekend. Will be going back in September I think. A great fun ride for all. Temperature was in the mid to upper 70's. Have a ball!!!!!

Recommended Route:
Get the trail mad from the Fredonia Ranger station and take 22 up. Do not go to Jacob Lake on 89a if possible. 22 from 67 is very rough do washboard conditions. Forstry department is working in the area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None.



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Review Date
July 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob ,  Racer , from Florida

Summary:
This trail gives pristine views from the north rim of the GC!! Beautiful!!
Very remote, so I saw 2-3 people camping, one other biker, and one family having a pick nick in the middle of summer! The trail itself has one or two climbs to get you a little winded (it's around 7 to 8 thousand feet of elevation) but the downs are flowing, smooth, and sweet. I would highly recommend this trail for most riders, unless maybe you are not conditioned for the higher elevations. I'm from Florida, so it took me 2-3 days in northern Arizona to adjust to the thinner air. I did the full out-and-back 36 miles in 5 hours stopping at every point for the vistas, lunch, and taking pictures.

Recommended Route:
Parrisawampits to Timp and back to Parrisawampits. The return leg has the steepest grades on the climbs.



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