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West Rim Trail: Grand Canyon is a 27.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 27.9 mi Elevation gain 4,163 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

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Waypoints (5)
  • 1

    Forest Road 1

    41.71697, -77.46359

  • 2

    Forest Road 2

    41.70523, -77.48500

  • 3

    Painter Leetonia Road 1

    41.70467, -77.48522

  • 4

    Painter Leetonia Road 2

    41.69010, -77.48212

  • 5

    Painter Leetonia Road 3

    41.68908, -77.47953

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Reviews (57)
Photos (648)
Recordings (50)
Completed (145)
Kyle Bock
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Running

Ran the trail starting in Asonia in late July. I have never been to the gorge before and read other reviews that it is very runnable and this certainly proved to be the case. The trail was easy to follow (orange blazes) and water was just plentiful enough to be comfortable with my hydration vest carrying 40 oz. although the last half of the trail has far less water sources. If possible, bring 60 oz. if you are running. I ended up finishing in 8 hours. I did my run on a Sunday and only saw about 20 people for the whole length of the trail. Finishing at the parking area at Rattlesnake Rock was an ideal place to commence the run with a bathroom facility and large parking area. I probably ran about 20 miles and I hiked intentionally the rest. The trail becomes horizontally slanted for several miles around the 20 mile marker that make it very uncomfortable to run. The FKT for this route is four and a half hours. I believe a professional may be able to do it in three and a half. Highly recommended for trail runners!

Greg Battaglia
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Hiking

Excellent hike. We did it in 2 days starting from the southern terminus. The first two miles have plentiful water sources however the next 10 miles were dry as a bone. Definitely stock up on water in the beginning. There’s a picnic area with a water well pump at the Bradley Wales Picnic Area around 14 miles in. We were told by other hikers and even by staff at Pine Creek Outfitters that there would be plenty of water throughout the trail every few miles, but due to a very dry summer in the canyon the water sources are in severe shortage. Be aware of this before planning your trip, only the sources labeled as “dependable” on the WRT trail map can be relied on to stock up. There were also sections of the trail that were heavily eroded leaving a narrow cliff-side trail in certain spots that could be very dangerous so be sure to pay attention and step carefully. Other that and a few overgrown areas the hike was phenomenal. The trail is far less rocky than the Pennsylvania sections of the AT and only has significant elevation in the first 2 miles. After that the trail evens out and the going is pretty moderate. The abundance of pines and beautiful streams and waterfalls gives this trail a unique majestic feel for a PA hike. I’ve hiked everywhere in PA and I can confidently say that the WRT is the best by far along with the nearby Black Forest Trail. It’s a true wilderness area far from most civilization. Because of this cell phone service is nonexistent in most areas but you can sometimes get a signal at the outlooks and randomly along the trail but I wouldn’t count it on it. Overall I’d highly recommend this trail.

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Michael Gary
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Hiking

Very pleasant hiking trail. Went N to S. Rained afternoon/evening but trail was not especially muddy. Water and larger camping areas get more sparse as you get further south. Privy at Bradley Wales is a plus, but the water is chained up. Plenty of spots to drop along the trail and customize a hike to your time and ability.

David Costa
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Dawn Stilwell
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Bugs

Hiked this trail South to North. 3 days, 2 nights, 8 miles, 11 and 11. The last 3 miles in the north has the most beautiful vistas. The Southern 27 miles South is full of green tunnel, woodland, streams, a few waterfalls and plant life. If I did this trail again I would consider pants as the stinging nettle is plentiful. Also I would go during the week, there was some competition for camp sites during the weekend.

Levi Miller
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grownWashed out

Had a great time! muddy in spots, overgrown in spots, lots of slowdowns need cut out, and some mild erosion. but all together it was a great trail, and will most likely hike it again some day. we camped 2 nights.

Bart Burgess
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Hiking

North to south in one day. Trail conditions were poor after Mile 20 and we used the West Rim Road instead, rejoining withstood two miles to go.

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Tom Celona
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyRocky

Great trail, my first backpacking trip in decades and did it solo. Arduous journey with 40lb pack but the reward of completing it was well worth it . Vistas on the Northern half are incredible not to be outdone by the beautiful streams and waterfalls on the southern half. Also met a great guy at my first campsite named Mike , wish I had his info so I could let him know how much he helped me to push through and make all the way.

Steven Andrus
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HikingBlowdown

I did this trail sobo mid May 2020. Pine Creek Outfitters shuttled my truck from the northern terminus to the southern terminus at Rattle Snakes Rocks. Stop by Pine Creek and pick up a trail map for $4. Great people! I did the trail in 2 days and 1 night. I hiked to mile 15 on day one and had an amazing campsite on the rim. The sunrise was amazing. I definitely would not classify this trail as “hard”. It’s more on the “moderate” level. Beautiful vistas and plenty of water at this time of year. I only carried 1 liter of water at a time and filtered at stream crossings.

Jack Standard
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Hiking

Did this in 3 days/2 nights with some friends. Took the shuttle from the outfitters to the other end and did it one way. Nice trail. Markings can get scarce in some areas but plenty of vistas and plenty of water. If you go in spring be prepared to spend a lot of time on water crossings of small streams.

Kaitlyn Pietrusewicz
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Phillip Gertz
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Hiking

Great trail with diverse landscapes. Great campsites.

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Chris VanDruff
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Hiking

my favorite place

Andrea Bunnell
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HikingMuddy

Hiked north to south, 16 miles with two overnights. Loved the trail. Nowhere near as rocky as some PA trails and tons of streams everywhere makes watering the humans and dogs easy. Some sections were overgrown with lots of big trees down and it was definitely muddy in many places. Pine Creek Outfitters shuttled our car for us. Great trip.

Daniel Smith
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HikingOver grown

Loved the trail. Wasn’t as scenic as I thought it would be. A couple vistas in the beginning and several near the end but with the same views. The rest of the trip was in the green tunnel. Trail was smooth with only a few rocky spots. Following the blazes was sketchy in a couple spots. All in all a great trail to hike.

Jennifer Foley
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Backpacking

We backpacked the first third of the trail as an out and back with an overnight. A very pleasant forest hike with spectacular views at about the three mile mark. Some ascents and descents with quite a bit of flat in between. Most of the grades are gradual, so not a difficult hike.

Frank S. Konopka
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Hiking

This is not easy. Wasn’t for me anyways. Was fun though

Robert Carnes Jr
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Backpacking
First to Review

Great trail to hike! Wouldn't do it again over a holiday weekend.....too many people.

Marianne Loheide
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Hiking
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Kevin W.
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Hiking
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