Love me some Smokey da Bear!
Yes, that is snow!
The Rim Trail goes right up to the rim!
I went for 3 hours..... probably 4 miles....maybe 5
Most of the trail is paved -
even wheelchair accessible!
There are parts, though, that are quite steep
and muddy and icy!
An earnest little painter
They have benches and even bathrooms along the way
And a free shuttle service that you just hop on
and hop off - they stop every half mile or so
I hiked for almost three hours
then took the shuttle to the end..... and back.
The whole trail is like 14 miles!
They offer sunrise and sunset tours -
The trail ends at Hermit's Rest....
With this large hearth and cozy fireplace
And hot apple cider or hot chocolate if you are so inclined!
Found a cute little motel with all the comforts of home
And very nice people - and wifi - of course!