Widforss Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

Elevation Gain1,590ft
Trailhead Elevation8,096ft
Elevation Min/Max7959/8272ft
Elevation Start/End8096/8096ft

Widforss Trail

Widforss Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Grand Canyon National Park. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 8,096 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,590 feet. The Widforss Trail Parking is near the trailhead. There is also parking.

Widforss Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A hike along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with good views. This is a good walk if you have limited time but still wish to escape the crowds. The well-maintained trail climbs along a slope, then skirts a drainage that soon opens out into the Transept, a side canyon.

The trail continues along the rim with occasional views through the dense forest, and then crosses a shallow drainage at the head of the Transept. Shortly after this point, the trail veers away from the rim and continues to Widforss Point at the head of Haunted Canyon. Although the views are more limited than some of the famous viewpoints, the opportunity to enjoy the canyon without the noise and crowds makes this hike very rewarding."

"Accessing a highly scenic point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Widforss Trail is named in honor of Gunnar Widforss, an artist who painted extensively here in the 1920s. This 5-mile route offers one of the most inspiring vistas anywhere. It also features some interesting lessons concerning the natural history of the North Rim area."

"A plateau-top day hike or backpack on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim."

Widforss Trail Reviews

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Widforss is a moderate hike with incredible views of the canyon along the trail as well as a spectacular view at the end point. This view of the canyon cannot be seen from the lodge area.
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If we go back to the North Rim, it will be to do this trail again. One of the rangers pointed us to this trail as his favorite and we''re so thankful for the tip as the written description of the hike didn''t sound as good as the actual trail experience turned out to be. The trail starts you out wandering through the forest (which had aspens in full color for us). It''s a gorgeous hike. We were treated to a few vistas before the threat of lightening turned us back. Which was a shame, because much as we loved the part of the trail we did, we understand it gets more spectacular as you go.

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Trail Information

Grand Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Grand Canyon National Park
Skill Level
Grand Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bright Angel Point
Local Maps

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Oct 2018