East Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 6.1 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
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.

East Rim TrailTrees at East Rim TrailView at East Rim Trail


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 range of 81 ft (25 m).


[ 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 min9.3112 ft39 ft
[ B to A ]
46 min3.239 ft112 ft

What is the length of the East Rim Trail?

The length of the 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 trail in 47 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 46 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' 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 an 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.



  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.