West Rim Trail

EASY 164 reviews

West Rim Trail is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
557 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

paved

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon - mostly paved. For great views of the Grand Canyon along a flat path, this is the hike for you. It offers a great introduction to the Grand Canyon, and there are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. From many of the overlooks, you will have unrestricted views to the other side of the canyon, and sometimes as far as 40 miles along the canyon. If you are looking for a place to stop to watch the sunset, try Hopi point (although if it is too crowded, try nearby Mohave Point). The Canyon is best seen during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise and before sunset), when the light is low and the canyon walls turn into amazing shades of red and orange. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail, but not on the shuttle busses so plan accordingly. There are some paved areas of the trail, which are accessible.

walking
20 days ago

Walked about 2 miles out and back for unbelievable sunset views at Powell Point look out. It was less crowded than Hopi appeared and just as wonderful views.

walking
1 month ago

Good walking path. Lots of great views. We started at the visitor center and walked to Mohave Point on the red bus route. My Garmin clocked about 6.5 miles. We hopped on the bus there to go back as we were pretty tired and had 1.5 hour drive ahead of us to where we were staying. Easy path. Not difficult. Once you get past the bright angel trailhead, it gets pretty quiet on the trail and you don’t see many people.

walking
3 months ago

We walked the whole thing, which clocked in at more like 15 miles at the end of the day with all the lookout points and whatnot. It’s not hiking; it’s walking at a well-marked and often paved path. Stunning views. Can do all of it or any portions you want with the free shuttle situation.

walking
3 months ago

Not really much of a hike here... but it’s the Grand Canyon so it gets 5 stars by default. Lots of good places to pull yourself to an overlook and enjoy the scenery.

3 months ago

stunning views, but it's not really a trail. it's a paved walk around the edge of the canyon hence why I have only rated it three stars.

hiking
4 months ago

Ideal for families and anyone with disabilities because a good portion of this trail is paved. If you're a hiker, it's not a hike, it's a walk. ...but a walk with epic views.

5 months ago

Paved. VIEWS

hiking
5 months ago

Incredible views. Easy paved pretty level walk. Fairly busy but many shops and stops to explore.

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful introduction to Grand Canyon

7 months ago

We parked at visitors center by Mather Point. Took blue bus, and switched to red bus to Hermits Rest. That’s where we started walking the rim toward our car. I believe it was a good decision to go that way because for the most part you’ll be going downhill. First two miles we hiked on the very rim. That first two miles are not on the map. On the map you would see paved greenway, but there is hidden gem trail as well, right on the edge of the rim. I would consider these trail as Moderate. It is mostly few feet wide with the rock wall on the right and 3000 feet drop on the left. Don’t look down!! Not suitable for kids and dogs. We walked back 11.22 miles from Hermits Rest. First 6 miles are the most enjoyable and difficult, almost no people, and last 4-5 miles were paved and repetitive but still very nice. Highly recommend.

8 months ago

We took the red shuttle for a majority of the in between, but walked from the visitor center to the first red route stop. Got a little tired and repetitive by the end of the route. Nice views but highly recommend hiking into the canyon for a even more spectacular and surreal experience.

8 months ago

Awesome!!

9 months ago

Unreal abd surreal. So many just stop at the visitor center lookout and miss so much. Take the short .6 mile hike from the visitor center to the geology museum or take the free buses to each viewpoint if you don't have time. if you have time hike the rim or even venture into the canyon on Bright Angel Trail as far as you are comfortable. this is one place that you are robbing yourself if you don't get out and take the hikes

hiking
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pictures do not do it justice

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Really stunning, nothing like it. Took the bus to the end and walked the whole length back to the main visitor area. It's paved and easy elevation. Only difficulty is the occasional strong wind gust. Plenty of stopping to ooo and aaaawe.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

Absolutely breathtaking! It was my first time to the Grand Canyon and, as much as I loved the rim trail, it made me hungry for more! I wanted to get down in the Canyon and hike so bad! Will definitely be back one day when I have a little more experience under my belt to do just that!

walking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From Village to gem museum

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Very crowded wanted more privacy. Next time will go further away from tourists.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Too crowded. Get off the beaten path

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hiked from the village to Hopi point. Great views and moderate climbs

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

hiked it one-way from the visitor's center to hermits rest (starts to get less crowded after bright angel). hopped on the red shuttle to village route transfer where i caught the blue shuttle back to the visitor's parking lot. lots of opportunities for great photos along the way.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Take the shuttle from the beginning. The shuttle will take you to every viewpoint. Very easy to catch a bus. Parking was very easy. Views are amazing.

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lovely but does get old after a while truth be told. The farther away from the Blue bus trails you get the better time you have.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful views! Note this is a high traffic area but as you continue to go along the rim you start loosing people and it becomes much more pleasant ... sunset at Hopi Point is breathtaking, you get to see part of the Colorado River - beautiful

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

beautiful stunning a must see for all. truly breathtaking.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great views

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Of course the views are spectacular. The trail
Is flat for the most part. You can walk as long or as little as you'd like.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Went from Bright Angel trailhead back to the visitors center. Stunning views!

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Didn't do the whole thing because, why would one? Walked about a mile of it though. It truly is impressive!

Friday, May 19, 2017

super easy for almost anybody

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