West Rim Trailhead to The Grotto 14.5 miles (via Rim Trail) 13 miles (via Telephone Canyon Trail)
3,400 feet (1063 m)
Sawmill Springs (seasonal), Potato Hollow (seasonal), Cabin Springs Season: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
West Rim Trailhead (near Lava Point), Grotto Picnic Area Other trails accessible by West Rim Trail are Wildcat Canyon, Northgate Peaks, and the Connector Trail.
The trail starts at the West Rim trailhead near Lava Point and traverses across the high alpine elevation with sweeping views out into the Wildcat Canyon area for the first 6.5 miles as you drop into Potato Hollow. Next the trail climbs out of Potato Hollow before it splits into the Telephone Canyon Trail and the West Rim trail.
The West Rim Trail follows along the rim with views of Phantom valley and the canyons to the south. The Telephone Canyon Trail provides a shortcut between Potato Hollow and Cabin Springs or a possible loop for hikers entering and exiting the same trailhead. At Cabin Springs the trail begins a short drop in elevation and descends 2,500 feet over 4.7 miles ending at the Grotto Picnic Area. Camping is in designated sites only.