Grand Canyon Road Trip, North Rim Day Hikes: October 13 - 14, 2022
The Widforss Trail is about 5 miles one way and the elevation at the start is 8,058 feet. The trail is named for artist Gunnar Widforss who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the 1930s capturing with watercolor the surrounding environment.
We decided to take the short option (5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 590 feet) of turning back halfway, but at the halfway point, we thought we were fresh so kept going. As we hiked along I realized that we couldn't make it to the end of the trail and turn back to arrive at our car by nightfall because we were too slow, ate lunch, and we had taken so many photo detour breaks. Not sure how close we got to the end, but someone who had passed us on the way in and then passed us on the way out kindly said the trail's end wasn't as spectacular as the scenery we had already seen along the way.
|View to Transept Canyon|
This hike had the best fall color in the scrub oaks and aspens. The trail runs along Transept Canyon with views to Bright Angel Canyon beyond. It travels through meadows, along the rim, and into an old burn scar with aspen/ponderosa regrowth.