I woke sore and a little tired the morning after Bright Angel. Ok, my calves were screaming a little.
I headed back to the Grand Canyon later in the day, I had some fool idea about taking it chill on the Rim Trail and then watching the sunset at the Grand Canyon. Now, if you’ve ever been to the South Rim or pay attention to anything related to a compass or sunsets/ sunrises you might think this doesn’t make sense. Because it doesn’t. The sun does not set over the Grand Canyon, at least not from this rim. Which I realized I knew but forgot? Told you I needed a vacation.
Back to the trail- the Rim Trail is not a “trail”, it’s a paved path that runs the length of the South Rim. A one way trip on the path from point to point is around 13 miles. Even paved, I didn’t have that in me. I started at Bright Angel and headed East towards the Mather Point.
The path takes you along the Rim and is fairly accessible to everyone. That also means it was more crowded than Bright Angel the day before. My buff was up over my face most of the time. That didn’t detract from the views at all. Again, I think I took a few hundred pictures.
The path took us through The Trail of Time too, a exhibit about how the Grand Canyon formed over millions of years with rock examples. My former wanna-be geologist self was geeking out over the rock displays.
The various lookout points were the most popular so I didn’t spend a lot of time there. I was surprised at how many parents let their kids run wild. Most of the path is not secured by a fence or guard rail of some sort. It wouldn’t take much to slip or fall. But then I am also clumsy so I generally think of worst case scenarios.
And of course, there were the rule breakers- the ones who jump fences and go down rocks all to get a good selfie. The number of people backing up to edges was ridiculous.
The Rim Trail is advertised as little to no elevation change. And had I not done Bright Angel the day before I might have agreed. But the 600 ish feet we gained and lost in the 6ish miles we went did not feel easy. Ha!
I kind of feel like the Grand Canyon is the Disneyland of trails. Plenty of trash cans, recycle bins, bathrooms and water stations. I have never seen so many rangers out working the trail before either.
But for the love of Pete, pick up your damn masks people!
4 thoughts on “Escape Day 2- Rim Trail”
Looks and sounds like another great escape day! Had to laugh about your sunset story. When I was there, we had intended to get up in time to see the sunrise, but forgot about the time change and slept an hour too late. It was cloudy that morning, so we wouldn’t have seen much anyway.
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Oh the time change was messing me up too! It was only an hour for me but I still couldn’t get it right.
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It’s amazing how few fences and guard rails there are in some national parks.
You can easily go off of a trail and get yourself in trouble.
In Acadia in Maine they use huge granite blocks along the main road around the park. There are some major cliffs there.
And at “Thunder Hole” they have always had railings because if you fall in there’s a good chance you will die.
I know people should know better but I was still surprised. Maybe I was surprised because the canyon is such a big drop?
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