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.
The length of the East Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is 1.9 miles and requires around 55 minutes to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 7,288 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 0.5 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 0.4 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the East Rim Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Phantom Ranch Topo Map: Download the free East Rim Trail topo map 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.
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