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Transept Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
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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.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 282 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

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6 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shade and multiple changes in vegetation. Fairly easy.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Fantastic short trail with hidden view points

2 months ago

nice trail, can't beat the views at the lodge though.

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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...

2 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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"

Sunday, August 05, 2018

great views of the canyon

Monday, October 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This Is NOT dog friendly. Many signs saying "no dogs" at the trail. You can only go on the bridle path in the park or Kaibab trail or Rainbow Rim #10 with dogs around the park.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great trail to get away from the crowds!

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

great trail to get to the lodge, lots of shade.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

It is a fast, short hike but was quiet and calm. You get to walk along the edge of the canyon with some good views, and even take a quick bit through the woods. I appreciated how serene it felt. Great places to climb out to the edge and read a book or eat a meal. Just enough uphill climb on occasion to keep your heart pumping and happy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, January 19, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, September 21, 2012

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!

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