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Tahoe is still under snow and I needed some long, high altitude, XC riding, with great scenery. So I headed south to the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I learned of this trail from MTBBill, who has two ride reports, photos, and a great video. The trail is about 18 miles long, between 7,500 – 7,800 feet elevation, and it runs mostly through nice aspen/pine forests. At five points it comes out above the rim of the Grand Canyon, offering up spectacular views. I had done about half the trail a few years ago and I remember great scenery, but working pretty hard. Since it is a very long drive I decided to try doing the entire trail as an out and back from Parissawampitts Point to Timp Point, for 36 miles.

It’s quite a long and tedious drive from Kanab, where I stayed, and I knew I’d be on the road long before any place opened for breakfast. I had packed a breakfast, but I left it back in California. So I ate two Clif bars, which I really don’t care for. The trail is a long way from nowhere, it was cool and windy, and when I saw that great hole in the ground I became a bit nervous about riding 36 miles solo. The ride starts at 7,600 ft. and the altitude hit me pretty hard. It took a good half hour to get used to it. At about nine miles I ran into a small tour group camp, and that made me feel much safer. Eventually I ran into the group at about 14 miles, because there was a sign stating the rest of the trail was closed for a controlled burn. I’d come a long way so I rode on for about another three miles until a physical barrier and sign blocked the trail. So I ended up doing about 33.5 miles.

I’m obviously in much better shape this time. Except for the altitude the riding was fairly easy. Loose rocks on some of the downhills were about my only concern. However, on the return, after 30+ miles, some of them were especially difficult climbing. On the way back I happened upon a couple at a view point and I got them to take a few photos of me. Below are few photos, more on my Smugmug site. Click on "map this" to see the photos on a map.


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A passerby took this.
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Wow…A Green Grand Canyon!?!

...So I headed south to the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon....
Hi Wherewolf,

I’ve kayaked the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon 10 times. I know we were over a mile below you but I guarantee we never saw that amount of green anywhere in the canyon. Vasey’s Paradise (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasey's_Paradise) is probably the greenest spot in the canyon and it’s just that….a spot!;)
Vasey's Paradise.jpeg

Thanks for sharing!

Michael:thumbsup:
 

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I think it would be safe to classify that as an "epic" ride in spite of the controlled burn at the far end. The scenery alone is epic. Thanks for sharing.
 

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My wife and I were just talking about taking a Grand Canyon trip next summer. I was debating on taking the bike...... But I think these pics sealed the deal for me.

Thanks for sharing, the bike is definitely in.
 

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Gorgeous photos! Makes me wanna get out and ride....even if it IS just around town.
 

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Good job....brings back memories from a tour of the Kaibab we did last year. I actually enjoyed the East Rim a bit better than Rainbow rim...but when you're on the Kaibab....it's all good.





 

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Sweet! I'm glad it worked out for you. Not too much wind? We were going to ride there over the Memorial holiday but got pummeled pretty good at Gooseberry and Little Creek. Enough that we didn't need to be 2000' higher. It was 34F monday morning at L. Creek.
 

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I found a decent pano.
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Awesome shot of Steamboat Mountain. It's separated from the north rim by the Crazy Jug Monocline and Muav Fault. Off in the distance to the left is Powell Plateau which forces the Colorado River to make a big loop around for almost 30 miles between Bass camp and Tapeats Creek. Truly an amazing place.
 

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Fabulous!

Wow Steve! What a wonderful trail. I'm going nuts just looking at it I want to ride it so bad. I thought Moab, Fruita, and Gooseberry were tops, until seeing this.

AndI didn't even realize there were bike legal trails around the Grand Canyon.

I've got a folder full of GPS tracks of absolutely wonderful trails I want to do. Almost all of my "wish list" tracks are from your rides. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and I'm impressed you can get your Heart Rate so high. Maybe you're younger than I thought.
 

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A fabulous ride. Thanks for another great post ww. I tip my hat to the miles and saddle time you log on your outtings.
 

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great pictures. looks like some nice trails. me and my wife were at the south rim for a day last week. some amazing sites. i dont know if they have any mtb trails there. didnt have my bike anyways. its something i would love to do.
 
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