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Transept

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Another beautiful Grand Canyon trail along the North Rim.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

8,338' 2,541 m

High

8,138' 2,480 m

Low

110' 33 m

Up

265' 81 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Family Friendly Easy access from the North Rim Lodge, spectacular views and easy walking make this a great trail for the whole family.

Overview

An easy, family-friendly trail along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. With a western aspect, this trail is a fantastic vantage point for sunsets.

Description

The Transept Trail is an easy trail that traces the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. It begins just north of the North Rim Campground and travels south all the way to the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Continuing just beyond the Grand Canyon Lodge, you'll be able to connect with Bright Angel Point.

History & Background

A timely example of Grand Canyons dynamic forces occurred on January 3, 1991, in The Transept, the large tributary canyon to the right if you are heading out to the Bright Angel Point. A massive section of Coconino Sandstone (the light-colored layer of rock near the top) succumbed to gravity and erosion, cascading into the canyon and trailing debris along thousands of feet of canyon wall. In 1992, similar landslides closed several major trails. The Grand Canyon area has been eroding since regional uplift began about 70 million years ago.

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Shared By:

Nicholas Shannon

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  4.4 from 11 votes

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North Rim Hike days before my Rim 2 Rim Hike
Jan 24, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
North Rim Lodge
Jan 24, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
Out on a North Rim Ledge taking some photos. Picture by Jim McNutt
Jan 24, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
Transept trail-rain puddle or a tunnel?
Jan 25, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
Watching the sunset just downhill from the North Rim Lodge.
Jun 18, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
North Rim Lodge with the sun setting.
Jun 18, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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Sep 25, 2022
Kathy Adkins
Sep 20, 2022
Tom Herr
Fun trail with many vistas of The Canyon. Went from the Lodge to the campground and back. Small ruin on the way. Love to do again! 4.2mi
Aug 21, 2022
Ron Bocian
Jun 21, 2022
Jim Franecki
Jun 9, 2022
Olga Norwood
May 31, 2022
G Allen Daily
Trail run — 0h 22m
May 25, 2022
Effe DiPo
May 22, 2022
Ryan Brennan