East Rim Trail
Grand Canyon National Park

Located 6.1 miles from Tusayan, Arizona

3 Stars
4,233 Steps 1  (2.0 mi)

The East Rim Trail begins on the east side of Yaki road, where the mule stables are located. While the trail follows the east rim of the canyon, it provides very few opportunities to view the canyon from the trail, as it winds through a pinyon and pine forest.

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The East Rim Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,288 ft (2,221 m), a minimum elevation of 7,207 ft (2,197 m), and an elevation gain of 2,382 ft (726 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the East Rim Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4,2332.0 mi7,207 ft7,288 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
47 min0.22,382 ft2,061 ft
[ B to A ]
46 min0.12,061 ft2,382 ft

What is the length of the East Rim Trail?

The length of the East Rim Trail is 2.0 mi (3.2 km) or 4,233 steps.

How long does it take to hike the East Rim Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the East Rim Trail in 47 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 46 min in the [ B to A ] direction.

East Rim Trail Topo Maps

Download free East Rim Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Cape Royal, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Grandview Point, AZ

Is there a East Rim Trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The East Rim Trail is located on the Phantom Ranch topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the East Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, provided by the National Weather Service. (weather.gov)

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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