This is mountain biking at it's best with winding single track and stunning views into the Grand Canyon. The combination of high desert vistas, forest trails and alpine meadows make for an incredibly scenic route. Riders of varying abilities will enjoy the terrain that offers a choice of riding options from secluded forest roads to more challenging single track.
Our Intermediate North Rim of the Grand Canyon Tour reaches some of the most remote country in the continental USA. Rising high above the magnificent canyons carved by the Colorado River, the Kaibab Plateau offers spectacular mountain biking combined with outstanding scenery. The trails are largely through Ponderosa Pine and Aspen forests with rolling terrain between 8,000 and 9,000 feet.
Day 1: We meet at 8:00 AM on the morning of departure at the Comfort Suites in St. George, Utah. There is a van shuttle which runs between the Las Vegas airport and this hotel. If you drive we will arrange to leave your car at the hotel for the length of the tour. The Comfort Suites provides a continental breakfast but if you need something more substantial you may want to eat beforehand. We'll then load the support vehicle and shuttle to the starting point on the Kaibab Plateau along the Arizona Trail, approximately a 2 1/2 hour drive.
The main route for the first 2 days is a section of the Arizona Trail, a trail that will eventually run north to south across the entire state of Arizona. The section we ride is a single track trail that most levels of mountain bikers will find enjoyable. Jeep roads parallel most of the single track route so riders have an alternative to most sections of single track. We will meet up with the truck mid-day when your guides will prepare a tasty buffet lunch. We ride a total of 18 miles before reaching camp near Telephone Hill.
Once camp is set, your work is done! Your guides will take care of all the details from setting up lawn chairs with hors d'oeuvre and the drink cooler nearby, to cooking up a healthy delicious meal. Wash basins are available for clean- up and a solar shower is usually available for 1 or 2 nights during the trip. This is your time to relax, whether it's lounging around camp with our library of books or setting out for a hike to explore your surroundings. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Today we continue on the Arizona Trail, again with the option of riding nearby jeep roads. The ride today is more challenging with some short but steep climbs. Our destination is the East Rim Overlook with our first views into the magnificent canyons below. We'll camp near the East Rim Overlook tonight. There are opportunities to hike from camp. Mileage is approximately 14 miles for the main single track route and 19 for the alternate route. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Leaving the East Rim we'll set out on the Arizona Trail on our way to Upper Tater Canyon and then across the Kaibab Plateau to the North Rim proper. This is our biggest day of riding with miles totaling 30. The ride begins with 3 miles of rolling single track. We then alternate on forest service roads, some of which are closed to vehicular traffic.
The terrain is moderate with a good amount of downhill but there are a couple climbs that you must conquer before reaching camp at Locust Point. For those who would like an easier ride there is an alternate route for the first half of the day. Our campsite is set back a short ways from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where we'll spend 2 nights. There is beautiful hiking along the rim for more exploring. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: For the next 2 days we'll explore Rainbow Rim Trail. The Kaibab Ranger District recently constructed this trail with mountain bikers in mind. The trail winds with gentle grades right along the rim of the Kaibab Plateau with outstanding views into the Grand Canyon. The trail is one of the most scenic 18 miles of single track found anywhere. We'll carry lunch on the out and back ride to Timp Point. Riders can also choose to make a loop of today's trail by adding 10 miles of jeep roads to the first half of single track. Miles: 18. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: For our final day we'll continue riding the rest of The Rainbow Rim Trail, 9 miles to it's end at Parissawampitts Point. We should finish riding by noon, enjoy a great lunch and then shuttle back to St. George. We usually reach St. George by 5:30. The nature of single-track prevents the support truck from accompanying riders on all sections of the route, though the truck will touch base with the group at lunch everyday but the 4th day. On the single track sections of trail, each rider is responsible for carrying snacks, water, and gear for the day's ride.
Gear you will want to carry includes rain gear and warm clothing in case of rain, preferably wool or polypropylene. You should count on carrying at least 2 large water bottles or a standard size Camel back. The guides will carry First Aid supplies and tools but you will want to have some tools of your own, mainly a spare tube, patch kit, and a small assortment of wrenches and alien wrenches. Includes: (B), (L).
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