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Transept

Easy/Intermediate
 4.7 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Another beautiful Grand Canyon trail along the North Rim.


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2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

96%

Runnable

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°)

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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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  4.7 from 7 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
Transept trail-rain puddle or a tunnel?
Jan 25, 2016 near Grand C…, AZ
A short ways from the south of Bright Angel and Transept Trail. Just left of center is Oza Butte. Transept Gorge below. What looks like a ridge is a square peninsula that includes the Widforss hike.
Jun 25, 2018 near Grand C…, AZ
North Rim Lodge with the sun setting.
Jun 18, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim
May 14, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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