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Transept Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 282 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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The 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 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.

The Transept Trail starts from the Grand Canyon Lodge and Visitor Center on the North Rim, plenty of parking, bathroom facilities, lodging, eating, fresh water station, gift shop.

Grand Canyon National Park P.O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 General Visitor Information: (928) 638-7888 Backcountry Information Center: (928) 638-7875 between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays River Permits Office: (800) 959-9164 or (928) 638-7843 More info: http://www.nps.gov/grca/contacts.htm Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from North Rim Entrance Station: Drive southward along North Rim Parkway Hwy 67 to the end. Take the outside back steps just outside the Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim) dining room to the trailhead and head north. Trailhead is just above the visitor overlook. You can also reach the trail from the Transept / North Rim campground, as the trail connects the campground to the lodge.

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sharon paul
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Kaycee Morganto
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Not a ton to see on this trail, and it all looks the same after a bit. That said, it's well shaded, gravel and dirt, and a few ups and downs. It's a quick and fun little hike

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Beckie McGee
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Nice easy trail with awesome views! There are birds along the path.

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Mackayla Schadegg
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Walking

Cool views. If you are an avid hiker just go out to bright angel point and skip this. It’s basically an unpaved walking trail between the lodge and campground. Shady and pretty though.

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Patrick Parker
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Great walk with some awesome views

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Anne Anderson
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Pretty. Easy to follow. Stunning views. Didn’t see many other people.

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Orrin Webb II
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Pretty breezy. Wear hiking shoes!

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Dana Egreczky
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This was a great trail. After completing the various short overlooks at the North Rim that attach to the Lodge and other tourist areas, we jumped on to the Transept Trail to do a wider circle near the edge of the rim. The sun was hot at the Lodge, but the Transept Trail provided a nice long cool walk in the pine forests that occupy most of the land near the rim. The day was hot, but the trees provided significant shade and great bird-watching opportunities. The smell of pines -- and vanilla from the bark of the Ponderosa Pines -- was everywhere. Great views of the canyon followed on our left as we proceeded along the route. Eventually, we came to a campground area, which was closed for renovation/the pandemic, but looked like a great place to stay. Then we wound around and crossed to another trail to return to our parked vehicle. All together, we did over 6.5 miles as we cut across various other trials to make the loop convenient for us that day. Can't wait to do more of this and other trails in the area.

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Gary Michaud
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Camping here is great. Hiker biker spots off the transept trail are a mere 50 from the rim. The people who work and volunteer are the best. Quiet and friendly atmosphere.

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Charlie Convery
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Absolutely unbelievably views from this trail. Easy, simple but well worth the time spend walking.

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Grace Cushing
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Great hike - there are a bunch of openings to lookout into the canyon. The trail itself is well marked and in condition. It took under an hour out and back and there was limited change in elevation.

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Beth Neibert
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The best parts are the view points that jut out from the main trail. The difficulty is finding the trail head on the east because it's not marked, but once found, incredible views of Transept Canyon abound along this trail. Parts are not very wide so watch your step.

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Jeroen Driessen
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Transapt plus Bridle

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Jennifer Kumar
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We started from the campground with hopes of going to the lodge, but found an incredible unmarked viewpoint along the way that captured our attention. We never made it to the lodge, but enjoyed the sunset from that point.

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Craig Studer
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Nice relaxing hike with plenty of overlooks on the canyon. We took bridle trail back to the Lodge to make it a loop.

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Kelly Tyler
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Did part of this trail today, nice shaded parts with peek a boo views of the canyon. Easy and enjoyable.

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Krissy Patterson
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Nice shade and multiple changes in vegetation. Fairly easy.

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Angela Durkac
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The trail gets a little confusing at parts. And it just ends in the middle of a trail not really an end site or overlook or anything. The trail goes from woods to occasional views of the canyon. There’s also many areas to walk out into rocks and things (which I definitely recommend). I really enjoyed it because there were less people!

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Connie Sparks
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Started the recording late and forgot to stop it when done. Nice little jaunt with being able to view the canyon from a few different spots. Wasn’t very many people on the trail

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Nick Litwinienko
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Fantastic short trail with hidden view points

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Jacob Bufka
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Nice trail with many different view points of the canyon. Nice to get away from the crowds at Bright Angel Point, which this trail leads up too. Easy and doesn't take much time!

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KAREN GALLAGHER
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memorial day 2019 it snowed! 38° & no power at the lodge. crazy. and fun. trail was good up/down elevation. would like to do again end of the week...

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Ariella Wells
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beautiful hike ♡ the views of the canyon were lovely. nice places to stop and take pics

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Sarah DeFlaviis
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Easy leading up to the rocks. The rocks at the end are awesome to climb on!

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Sarah DeFlaviis
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Short, but the end rock outcrop is amazing to climb on

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Simon Guérard
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If you are camping, just do that as an extra for sunset in the evening.

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Rebecca DuCote
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Fairly easy trail except there were a few times where we had to guess which way was the actual trail. Just past the campground and general store there was a sign but the way it was pointed was very unclear. The trail that seemed the most logical was not. We actually followed it for about 5 minutes until we reached way too steep, dangerous and it was obvious it was not the trail. So be careful! Otherwise, an incredible trail with so much wildlife in the North Rim. We then hiked back to the visitor center using the Bridle Trail which was like a "cool down"

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Shasta Krueger
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great views of the canyon

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Gene Miranda
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a very well shaded trail, due to our time constraints we didn't step off the trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon. all in all its a decent hike, not too moderate.

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Ali Zeller
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Loved this trail! Well marked and lightly trafficked (which is good when you need someone to take your picture at one of the many lookout points). Didn't take us too long so worked out for us to make a day of doing these shorter hikes in the area.

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