Since the North Rim is so far way and since I almost never get to make trips for hiking that require an overnighter since we're raising two small kids now, I try to make the most of every trip. Thus, after we finished the Uncle Jim Trail, we immediately packed our stuff into Wally's Jeep and made our way over to the Widforss Trail, which is barely 2 miles away. This hike also started with a climb at the beginning, but after that was mainly level, except for a few annoying drainages that accounted for elevation change. The first half of the trail stays close to the rim, allowing for some very nice views over towards the North Rim Village and of the Transept. The first half also has numbered posts that correspond with brochures available at the trailhead which give some narrative and interesting info.
After the first half, the trail meanders away from the rim and thru some forested area until comes out at Widforss Point, which gives some very nice views towards the south. The San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff were visible on the horizon. We could also see a number of forest fires that were occurring to the south, and the one to the east that we saw earlier on the Uncle Jim Trail had grown substantially. The plume of smoke from that fire had become huge, and even appeared that it might be in the North Rim Village, but fortunately it wasn't.
On the way back, I saw a deer that crossed the trail in front of me that I managed to get a couple decent pictures of. After we finished, we saw a doe with two fawns on our way to the lodge. I managed to get my camera from the back of the Jeep, but it went on the fritz again as the one fawn practically posed for me for a full 2 minutes. Oh well, at least I got a picture of one deer.