Transept Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Transept Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 288 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




wild flowers


The 3.4 mile out and back Transept Trail connects Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Rim Campground, follows the rim of a side canyon called the Transept, and offers a relaxing yet moderate hike with great rim views just off the path. The 3.4 mile out and back Transept Trail connects Grand Canyon Lodge and Visitor Center to the North Rim Campground and follows the rim of a side canyon called the Transept. Although not paved, this easy to moderate trail takes you through Quaking aspens, Gamble Oaks and ponderosa pines, making a very relaxing walk to and from the campground. The trail passes an ancestral Puebloan ruin at about midway to the campground which appears as a line of rocks looking like a trail offshoot. There are several hills with a modest slope. The views here of the Grand Canyon's North Rim aren't quite as expansive as in other places but you can still access some nice cliff areas.

1 month ago

Very peaceful and less traveled than other trails. This is a hike and not a stroll around the rim. Watch the ledges if you have kids like us. Beautiful views and plenty of places to eat lunch or read a book. Awesome.

1 month ago

Great hike to watch the sunset before having dinner at the Lodge

2 years ago

Less traveled and more like a hike than the other trails encircling the North Rim Lodge, the Transept Trail took us along the Transept side canyon to some great views just off trail (be cautious on the cliff edges), as well as a not so obvious Indian ruin. We chilled at a really nice bench with a view into the Bright Angel canyon framed by Ponderosa Pines. This trail is used by many as a connector between the North Rim Campground and the Lodge. Nice stroll at sunrise or sunset, worth a trip to the bench view.

4 years ago

Ahhhhhh, the north rim in September! Quiet, peaceful, decidedly un-crowded, warm in the day, chilly at night. What more could you ask for?

This trail is for virtually anyone. Wide, well maintained with only a few sections of any real elevation change, it runs from the north rim campground to the north rim lodge. About 1.5 miles long, it takes about an hour at a leisurely pace. The views into the canyons are typically spectacular with sunset being a better photo time (my opinion only). Finish off the trek by hitting the trail out to Bright Angel Point for an added treat. You can return to the campground via Bridal Path or take the Transept back the way you came, which is my preference, for a 3 mile round trip.

A nice walk in the woods, we saw several birds, the white tailed Kaibab squirrel, our good luck horned toad and many brachiopod and sea lily fossils. Enjoy!