Widforss Trail - Short Option

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Widforss Trail - Short Option is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

4.3 miles
590 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



no dogs

9 months ago

Widforss trail was my favorite hike while at the North Rim. There are several switchbacks at the beginning before the trail settles into a pattern of flat areas and (mostly) sloping ups and downs. There is a nice guided tour component with a pamphlet that you can pick up at the trail head. We only did the short version, to the end of the guided tour, but will definitely go out all the way to Widforss point next time.

The trail is forested by ponderosa pines, so it is shady and cool most of the time. The views were breath taking, with places to stop and see the three buttes and the transept. You can go off trail to get a better look if you aren’t afraid of close proximity to the canyon edge.

There is a restroom at the trail head, but no water available. It is worth it to start early, so you miss many of the other hikers, and get to be out alone in the splendor of the forest.

1 month ago