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Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Tuweep 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Zion Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
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Red Canyon 47 miles
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In these pages you will find insiders information on the best Grand Canyon hikes and Backpacks including Tuweep and South Canyon Trails. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Grand Canyon North Rim hidden treasures.

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Grand Canyon North Rim Road Map

Directions to North Rim Grand Canyon: From Zion National Park, take on U-9 through the park to Mt. Carmel Jct. Turn south on US-89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to ALT 89. Fredonia, Arizona is 6 miles. In Fredona take 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take AZ 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.

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Grand Canyon North Rim - Widforss Trail

A rim view along the North Rim Grand Canyon Widforss Trail.

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Widforss Point Trailend:

Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and author, Tanya Milligan.

Suggested Gear: Be prepared for the rugged terrain of the Grand Canyon. Hi-tech socks are important to stave off blisters and sturdy hiking shoes are a must.

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Widforss Trail

Widforss Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was named for Gunnar Widforss who became known for his paintings of this area in the 1930's.

Photo Album: Widforss Pictures
Trail Map
: Widforss Trail Map
Day Hike: For those looking for a longer day hike that does not go below the rim this hike is ideal.
Distance: 10 miles (16 km) round trip. This trail can be hiked either as a 5 mile out and back (2.5 miles each direction), or can be hiked all the way to Widforss Point trailend as a 10 mile out and back (5 miles to Widforss Point trailend and 5 miles back to the trailhead). Either way chosen provides a moderate hike.
Average Hiking Time: Allow 3 hours for the shorter hike and 6 hours for the longer hike.
Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for the season are suggested. During late spring, summer and early fall, the bugs may be a nuisance, so insect repellent may be desirable. Carry at least 3 liters of water for each person, and even more during the hotter summer months. There is no water available on this hike. Shade can be found under the forest trees, however much of the hike will be done in direct sunlight. A headlamp is recommended just in case the sun sets on the hike out.
Difficulty: Moderate
Permits: No
Trailhead: Trailhead is located 11 miles south of the North Rim Entrance Station, or 1.75 miles north of the North Rim Visitors Center on Hwy 67.
Trailend: Same as trailhead
Trail Access: Easy access unless there is snow. Note the Road closure of highway 67 in the winter.
Elevation: Trailhead 8100'
Elevation: Widforss Point 7600'
Off the Beaten Path: No
Classic Hike: Yes
Best Season: The best time of the year to hike the Widforss Trail is in spring, late summer and early fall when the temperatures are cooler.
Water Availability: None.
Restrooms: Portable potties are often at the trailhead.

Widforss Trailhead

The trailhead is located 11 miles south of the North Rim Entrance Station, or 1.75 miles north of the North Rim Visitors Center on Hwy 67.

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail is a well beaten path through the forest and has several moderately steep uphill and downhill sections, but is level hiking for the most part. Along the way the trail skirts the Transept, on hikers left, for nearly 2.5 miles which offers some beautiful vistas to the south and east as the canyon deepens below. Far below and to the southeast, the Transept intersects with Bright Angel Creek where many hikers make their way down to Phantom Ranch. At 2.5 miles the guided hike (numbered posts) ends and the trail begins to wander deeper into the woods, through forested hollows and eventually will rise to a plateau and ridge.

To Widforss Point

The travel is relatively level and soon turns from a southwesterly direction to a southeasterly direction and a very gradual descent begins to the end of the trail. A picnic table is set in the woods, just before the final short jaunt to Widforss Point trailend. From the trailend, Widforss Point can be seen just across a small canyon to the southeast less than .5 mile. South-southeast one mile is Manu Temple and 2 miles to the south-southwest is Buddha Temple. There is a short loop trail that skirts the drainage to the east of the trail used on the hike in if desired. Leave enough daylight to hike out so keep track of the time.




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