Mountainbike the Rainbow Rim Trail
Attractions: The Rainbow Rim Trail is located, along the rim of the Grand Canyon and connects five large `Points’ of land which overhang the Canyon and the Arizona Strip. The five `Points’ are: Parissawampitts, Fence, Locust, North Timp and Timp. Each offers a different view and perspective of Grand Canyon features such as Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheater and Great Thumb Mesas well as numerous other features, as well as the Mt. Trumbull region of The Arizona Strip. In addition to the areas along the rim the trail passes through a forest of old growth Ponderosa pine and drops into a number of steep-sided canyons filled with groves of aspens and small meadows.
Access: Parissawampitts: Go 26.5 miles south of Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center on AZ 67, turn right on Forest Development Road (FDR) 22 for 10.5 miles to FDR 206. Turn left and continue on FDR 206 for 3.5 miles and turn right on FDR 214 and follow it for 8 miles to Parissawampitts Viewpoint.
Fence: Continue on FDR 206 for an additional 1.5 miles to the FDR 271, turn right for .1 mile to FDR 294, continue on FDR 294 for .1 to FDR 293 and follow it to the trailhead in about 8 miles.
Locust: Follow FDR 294 for about 8 miles to the trailhead.
North Timp: From the junction of FDR 206 and 271, follow FDR 271 for 5 miles to FDR 271A, turn right and follow FDR 271A for 3 miles.
Timp: From the junction of FDR 206 and 271, follow FDR 271 for 8 miles to the trailhead.
Water and Facilities: None. Bring everything that you will need.
Round Trip Driving Distance from Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake: Parissawampitts: 97 miles.
Fence, Timp, North Timp: 100 miles.
Length of Trail: 18 miles one way
Elevation: 7,550 feet
USGS map: Timp Point
Recommended Season of Use: Late spring to fall
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles
Difficulty: More difficult
Information provided by the North Kaibab Ranger District