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World Famous Rainbow Bridge Trail

One of my all-time favorite backpacking trips is the Rainbow Bridge North Route Trail.  It’s remote, rugged, challenging, and very, very scenic.  The hearty souls that walk this route see epic panoramas, breath-taking views, historic ruins, chiseled canyons, and beautiful desert riparian areas.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

About the Hike

Less well known that the South Route, the North Route is also on the Navajo Nation.  The trail is located in Utah just north of the Arizona border northeast of Page, AZ.  The trail is approximately 19 miles, depending on how close to the trailhead you get on the very rough access road, and has about 3,500’ accumulated elevation gain.  The path traverses the northern flank of rugged 10,200’ Navajo Mountain.  The trailhead elevation is 5,350’ and the hike ends at Lake Powell’s Rainbow Bridge at 3,750’.

Interested in learning more about this route? Make sure you check out the next part.

6 Responses to World Famous Rainbow Bridge Trail

  1. Clive June 26, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    Hi I’m read your report. Really like the idea of doing this Hike.
    I’m visiting Vegas for a conference 8th November. So the question is this too late in the year to attempt? As a solo hike that is.
    I’m an experienced hiker, in the Australian bush that is.
    Cheers Clive. Sydney Aus.

    • Dave "Lucky" Brunstein July 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Clive: Expect it to be chilly in early November, with nighttime temps below freezing. If you’re experienced and bring the right gear, the trip is possible then. I wouldn’t attempt this hike if there was snow on the ground.

  2. Uriah Pariah June 27, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Rainbow Bridge is situated within a desert environment (yet accessible by boat!) and can be reached year-round, though you’d need a few more articles of clothing in November. Be sure to bring lots of water and a good camera too!

    • Clive June 30, 2014 at 2:10 am #

      Thanks U.P. and there is no snow fall in the area at that time?

  3. Dylan May 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Heading out to do the North route and boat back this weekend! Can’t wait! Been on my bucket list for a while now and very much looking forward to finally hiking it! 🙂

  4. matt May 28, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Any tips for getting on trail (N. route), staying on trail, etc? Is there a KML or GPS route file around?

    I fully understand that my safety is my own responsibility and due diligence and am just interested in your perspective.

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