For all those planning to attend the trail work day for the Rainbow Rim Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, here is the schedule and planning tips provided by the U.S. Forest Service Kaibab office:
Friday, May 23
Travel to Timp Point and set up your individual camps, there will be several sites flagged for our group, but you are free to disperse camp wherever you chose. There will also be a porta-pottie near the center of the flagged camping areas. No group activity is planned for Friday, but I anticipate that one could quickly be arranged if there is an interest.
Saturday, May 24
Work day! Please wear closed toe leather shoes/boots, long pants, and bring a backpack for your water and personal items. We will be prepared to work in any weather, which for late May on the plateau could be sunny and 75 or windy and 45. Common sense rules. We will provide gloves if you don’t have your own – hardhats as well.
- Meet at the Timp Point trailhead at 0900 for a brief safety discussion and introductions. There will be limited parking directly at the trailhead, so plan accordingly.
- We will begin work around 0930 and will take breaks as needed. Lunch will be provided, so please let me know if you have any dietary needs.
- Work will wrap up around 4 p.m., and we will have a group dinner that evening at one of the centralized sites. Dinner will be provided, so again, dietary requests/needs should be determined in advance so I can shop accordingly.
Sunday, May 25
Work day! 0930-12:00 resume work where we left off Saturday. Spend the afternoon traveling home or stay and play – it’s a holiday weekend after all!
General Info: The Rainbow Rim is remote, no cell service, no water, no facilities. The nearest store ice/gas/food is the North Rim Country Store, which is a 30 minute drive from Timp. The elevation along the rim varies from 7500-8500 ft, and temps will drop to near freezing overnight. Please make sure you have a spare tire, water, adequate camping equipment and YOUR BIKE!
Please contact Missy Robinson with any questions at 928-643-8120, OR melissamrobinson [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us
See you all soon!
Driving Directions from Jacob Lake, AZ: Follow Hwy. 67 south towards the Grand Canyon for ~20 miles, ½ mile past the Kaibab Lodge/North Rim Store you will take a right onto Forest Road (FR)22, at this point you will be on gravel the remainder of the drive. Stay on the FR22 until you reach FR206, turn left onto FR206, take FR206 ~6 miles to FR271, turn right onto FR271 to Timp Point.
Driving Directions from Fredonia, AZ: Take AZ 89A south out of Fredonia 1 mile, then right onto FR22 (after the mill), take FR22 all the way to FR206 – you will veer right, then take FR206 to FR271, take a right onto FR271 to Timp Point. FR22 becomes gravel after ~19 miles, so this route is primarily gravel road driving, but is fine for cars/campers.
Forest maps are available at the USFS office in Fredonia for $13, or online on the Kaibab website.