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“Along the edge of eternity”
Review of Rim Trail

Rim Trail
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Owner description: Scenic and level walking trail, which is easy enough to bring the kids.
Reviewed June 17, 2012

We recently spent three days at the grand Canyon NP, and on two of them, we walked the rim trail, once from Magther Point to the Village, and two days later from there to Hermits rest. It's hard to imagine a more awesome trail.
When we were parked after our arrival, we walked down across the campground to the road and took the free shuttle to the Visitor Center and walked along the rim path as far as the El Tovar where we had a drink in the lounge. The rim path was a nice and easy stroll and offered endless opportunities for great pictures. At the actual viewpoints along the way close to parking lots or shuttle stops, there were masses of people, but in between it was quieter. At the viewpoints, the edge is secured with a very solid metal fence, but in between, there's no barrier between the trail and the rim, but as long as you stay on the trail, it's 100 percent safe.
Walt kept changing the lens on his camera for best effect for the breath-taking, stunning vistas.
On day 3, after our long hike the day before (fown the the river and back) we wanted something easy and relaxed today. We took the shuttle to the transfer point, one stop beyond the Bright Angel Lodge bus stop, and walked the rim trail to Hermits Rest. This is roughly 7 miles. Whereas the rim east of the lodges doesn't have too much up and down, the Hermits Road trail is a bit more if a roller coaster ride - or hike. The first part of it is paved, followed by a section of 'natural trail, following by another section of wide paved trail, shared with bicycles.
The very first overlook, Trailview Overlook, offers a sensational, almost bird's eye view of the Bright Angel trail. You can watch people sauntering down or laboring up like ants from your aerie on high. This is also a superb spot for sunset or sunrise, by the way, and close enough to the rim lodges for an easy walk.
Many people keep taking the shuttle from overlook to overlook, not many walk its length, so in between the overlooks it's very quiet and peaceful to hike. Mohave Point and Pima Point are simply overwhelming with the panoramic vistas far up and down the canyon they are offering.
This hike is highly recommendable for anybody who wants a bit of a challenge without too much physical effort. Anybody reasonably fit can do this.
Hermits Rest itself, well, it's a interesting little place, but not much really. It's the only place west of the rim lodges where you can fill up your water bottles. There are restrooms, a gift shop and a snack bar where you buy snacks and drinks over a counter and then sit outside other rocks.
The only other stop along Hermits Road with restrooms is Hopi Point.
We bordered the shuttle back to the lodges, then got onto the village circle bus to get to the Market Plaza and buy some food at the general store, which also sells camping and hiking gear, clothes, souvenirs, the whole nine yards. From there it's a good five minutes walk to Mather Campground.
We relaxed for a bit in the RV - too windy to be outside really - and then walked back to the rim, to Yavapai Point for a sunset Hollywood couldn't have done any better with all its Technicolor tricks.

3  Thank Esty666
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

This trail is along the rim, and provides many views of the Canyon, some of which are named. The free shuttles stop at the named view points, so those points tend to be more crowded. This trail gives you the opportunity to embrace the Canyon with much less people around between the named viewpoints, without having to do a difficult hike. You can take the shuttles on the way back if you feel tired.

3  Thank SERHAN83
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

I like to take the red shuttle to Hermits Rest and walk back to the village. If you get tired, just head to the next shuttle stop and return to the village. Nice canyon views the whole way.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

It is a nice walk, but the view does not change unless you walk a good distance. If you do it for the view only, take a tram to further distance points to save time. If you are doing it to take in nature's scenery in a leisurely way, you will like it. It gets more peaceful as you get away from traffic centers like the hotel areas. They also have ranger walk's on the rim trail if you want information on your walk.

1  Thank John F
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

See South Rim. Good trail for strollers and walkers are mostly paved

1  Thank Barb B
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