Meet your guides and fellow trip members at 1:00pm at the Jacob Lake Inn near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We also provide a roundtrip shuttle option from Flagstaff for an additional fee. From here we?ll transfer 20 minutes down the road to the Arizona Trail trailhead to leave our cars and get fitted on our mountain bikes. This afternoon?s ride takes us on a steady climb into the beautiful ponderosa pines of Kaibab National Forest. We will find a pretty spot to setup camp and enjoy a delicious meal to fuel us for this week?s adventures. Dinner included.
Cycling: 8 miles, elevation gain/loss: 1,135?/126?; Van transfer: 20 minutes.
A full day of adventure is in store as we continue on the Arizona Trail. Rolling terrain through mixed pinyon and juniper woodlands, sagebrush and grassland communities, and Ponderosa pine forests mixed with aspen groves make this ride a beautiful cruise. We?ll camp tonight and tomorrow near the East Rim Viewpoint where there are dramatic views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley, Marble Canyon and the Navajo Nation. All meals included.
Cycling: 22 miles, elevation gain/loss: 2,242?/1,961?; Hike: 1 mile (optional).
Today we complete our journey along the Arizona Trail and east rim of the Kaibab Plateau by riding the final stretch to the Grand Canyon National Park border. We?ll find a scenic spot for lunch and return to camp along a different route for a fun loop ride. Camp our second night at the East Rim Viewpoint and enjoy the gorgeous sunset vistas. All meals included.
Cycling: 15 miles, elevation gain/loss: 1,056?/1,051?.
Enjoy an easier, mostly paved route toward the park lodge that still gives you some decent miles but on a mostly downhill route then shuttle into the park. Or take a day off the bike to recover and explore the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge, visitor center, and a self-guided hike if desired; take the shuttle. We?ll all meet back up for showers and shuttle to the west rim of the Kaibab Plateau where we?ll set up camp for the next two nights. Breakfast and dinner included.
Cycling: 21 miles, elevation gain/loss: 835?/1,418?; Shuttle: 90 minutes.
Wake to bird songs and chattering squirrels as you start your first day of riding along the smooth, flowing singletrack of the Rainbow Rim trail. We'll ride from camp, pedaling past Locust Point, Fence Point, and the spectacular Paraswampitts Point overlooks. Each lookout affording its own breathtaking view and perspective of the majestic canyon. Our route winds back along remote meandering singletrack where we find our camp for another night. Relax and settle in for another delicious guide prepared dinner. Our last night camping under the clear dark skies of the North Rim. All meals included.
Cycling: 29 miles, elevation gain/loss: 2,565?/2,561?.
The adventure isn?t over yet with our final morning of riding the North Rim. Our last ride starts with a couple short miles on Forest Service road that hooks us onto the southern segment of the Rainbow Rim Trail. Enjoy flowing singletrack miles on this rolling ride along the rim back to camp. Afterwards we?ll finish packing up and enjoy a light lunch before transferring back to Jacob Lake for drop offs. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 10 miles, elevation gain/loss: 543?/550?; Shuttle: 90 minutes (3.25 hours to Flagstaff).