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North Rim Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Completed in the late 1990s, the Rainbow Rim Trail is a 19-mile-long epic singletrack journey along the very edge of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This is a view of the mighty Canyon not often enjoyed by the typical tourist crowd: It’s a long, long way to get to the North Rim from pretty much anywhere (5 hours from both Flagstaff and Las Vegas), and you have to know your way around the back roads to see anything interesting. The roads leading to this ride are all well marked, and should provide good guidance to the various trailheads. Trail Surface: The Rainbow Rim Trail is fresh, narrow singletrack along the very top of the Grand Canyon. Everything else on the Kaibab Plateau is forest road."
--Paul Beakley, Mountain Bike America: Arizona (The Globe Pequot Press).
Been here 3 times. Best place to camp is in trails middle at Locust Point, no bathrooms or water. Stays mild at night as cold air drains away. Singletrack and camping runs along Grand Canyon rim here. Views are world class, North Timp Point my favorite. Trail is a ride thru pine forest climbing and descending farily easy grades at altitude with occasional amazing views. Watch for horses.
This is an easy trail (except for a few lung busting climbs)in a spectacular setting. We started at Locust Point and headed south to Timp Point for an 18.5 mile out-and-back. We saw only three other people the entire day and pretty much had the whole place to ourselves (this was before the Memorial Day to Labor Day crowds at the Canyon).
Highly recommended for the non-technical crowd.
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Fun Trail for mountain biking. Not epic, but if you are near the north rim, it is worthwhile. It does not follow the rim as much as we had hoped, but we saw some great fall colors while there in early October.
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