Under the Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Garfield County and Kane County, Utah. It is within Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park. It is 20.9 miles long and begins at 8,267 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,979 feet. The Bryce Canyon Parking (elevation 8,274 feet) parking is near the trailhead. The Hat Shop viewpoint and the Iron Spring can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a bench.
Under the Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Under the Rim offers less of the hoodoos and spires characteristic of the park’s northern hikes and the subject of most photographs of Bryce. Instead, this trail meanders through ponderosa forests at the base of the rugged 1000-foot main cliffs of Bryce. The trail crosses several ridges with spectacular views both up into the cliffs and downward into the low valleys east of Bryce."
--Steve Mann & Rhett Olson, 100 Hikes in Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Backpacking Bryce Canyon just about ensures solitude as you traipse through the deep, hoodoo-ﬁlled amphitheater, beneﬁtting from the less common view from below. Roughly a half circle, this trek allows you ample time to soak in the glory of seeing the unusual frost-wedged rock formations that draw people and cameras from around the world."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"A backpack following the foot of the Pink Cliffs through the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Under the Rim Trail is the premier backpacking route in Bryce Canyon National Park. Although it seldom strays more than a few miles from the park road, its position below the rimrock lends it a backcountry-like solitude. The hoodoos and cliffs along this trail are less spectacular than those in the heavily trammeled northern reaches of the park, but those who hike here will seldom run into other visitors. Several connecting trails link this route with the road, allowing backpackers to select a route of almost any conceivable length."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"A two- to three-day backpack in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a remote hike through the base of the older sections of Bryce Canyon, with distant panoramic views, geologic features, abundant wildlife, and marked transitions in vegetation. There are two trailheads for the Under-the-Rim Trail—Bryce Point and Rainbow Point—as well as four connecting trails back to the rim along the trail’s length. Bryce Canyon officials recommend that you hike from north to south, beginning at Bryce Point and finishing the 22.9-mile trail at Rainbow Point."
--Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert, Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides).
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