Grand Canyon

Widforss Trail, North Rim – My first experience with the Grand Canyon was on the North Rim. To get started, I did what most people do; I walked to the viewing area at Bright Angel Point. It was amazing, but I had to get a real grasp of this magnificent place. I decided for a rim hike, and the trail to Widforss Point seemed to be a nice 10 mile round trip. It took me 6 hours, and I met only a few people along the way. I was all alone at Widforss Point. No crowds, no nothing, just me. That’s solitude. I spent an hour at the point enjoying the silence. The North Rim is at a higher elevation than that of the South Rim. On the southern horizon you’re able to see mountains 70 miles away. If the view isn’t obscured by haze, you can see Mount Humphreys, Arizona’s tallest peak with an elevation of 12,670 feet. The trail blends forest and canyon scenery. It’s really a great hike and a great introduction to Grand Canyon.

Grandview Trail, South Rim – I like it steep, rocky, and strenuous, so the Grandview Trail was the perfect choice for a day hike. The trail leaves the rim at Grandview Point, and trail conditions are said to be tougher than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. What I really love about this 6 mile round trip is that it stays in the open with views in all directions. The overlook on Horseshoe Mesa is where you can eat your lunch and replenish before the hike back up to the trailhead at 7,400 feet. Horseshoe Mesa is also a site of some old copper mines. Explore the area and imagine how it was to be a miner back in the old days.

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