Hiking the Widforss Trail

27 September 2011 in Trails/Hiking

Widforss Trail, Grand Canyon hiking trailsToday we re-hiked the Widforss Trail, but this time rather than driving down we took a new route. After hiking part of the Arizona Trail we found that there was no need to drive to the Widforss Trailhead. We could hike the Bridal Path down to the Arizona Trail then hike part of that and get to the Widforss Trail. Maybe that’s not all that important to you now, but should you ever visit feel free to use our little secret free of charge.

The Widforss Trail is a beautiful trail. When we first hiked part of it we expected it to be more of a forest hike, but the first half of it hugs the back end of the Transept slot canyon and gave us a new perspective on the first part of the canyon we saw. From the Widforss you get a view stretching outward down the entire Transept canyon and out into the main canyon. this view is somewhat similar in perspective to the view you get on the North Kaibab Trail, but this is a different canyon.

The Mountain Short-Horned LizardThe second time we hiked this trail we hiked the entire five miles out to the end. The second half the trail is a little less breathtaking, it’s mostly through a forest with no view of the canyon, but there are plenty of lizards and wildflowers to help push you on. After a long stretch through the woods you come out to a point where the plateau ends giving you a great view of the main canyon.

The ten mile, roundtrip hike, you’d think would weed out those not all that interested in getting away from the modern conveniences of bathrooms and general stores, but not on this particular day. We had passed a family about three miles in. It was a big group of maybe ten or twelve people, maybe two families with two sets of parents and kids ranging from nine or ten years old on up to early teens. They were taking a break at that point and we just passed by without noting their ages, thinking “wow that’s a big group to attempt a hike all the way out.”

The Widforss PointOf course as soon as we made it out to the tip, after enjoying the view in peace and quiet that huge family arrived and we realized how young a few of the kids were. Not only had they hauled their whole group out to this seemingly remote viewpoint, but they had told one of the young boys that they were hiking out to the general store where he might receive a pocket knife for his patience and perserverance. Upon finding no general store and more importantly no pocket knife at the end of a five mile hike the boy preceded to whine and complain five feet away from us to the point where we left early. But not before hearing a line that we will always remember this family by, “take that water out and put the dog in your backpack”. This was said by one of the wives to her husband. Not only had they dragged young children out to this point, but they had brought a small dog and now were replacing the water that would help them get back in one piece to give the dog a break. One there are no dogs allowed on his trail, two even if there were a ten mile hike in a dry, hot climate is probably not a good idea for a toy dog, and three they seemed to be placing the dogs comfort and survival ahead of that of their kids.

Anyways, that was a little flash back. This hike was pleasant with great weather and no annoying families. We only hiked the portion that follows the rim and took a nice, long, quiet break at one of the many striking viewpoints. Here we also spent some time photographing a little story using the blogs namesake Monkey and his friend Ninja. This blog entry was supposed to be regarding this creative endeavor and creativity in general, but I got a little distracted with that flashback so we’ll save that entry for another day.

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27 September 2011 Trails/Hiking

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