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Transept Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,255 feet
Elevation Gain -50 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.58
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Bright Angel Point - Transept Trail
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Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014
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5  2013-06-09
Rim to Rim
4  2012-09-02
Bridle Trail
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Author Dschur
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 0
Photos 532
Trips 51 map ( 299 miles )
Age 60 Female Gender
Location Payson, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:35am - 7:34pm
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Easy Transept View
by Dschur

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Transept Trail is a relatively easy and short trip to see lots of the views from the Grand Canyon. It starts behind the North Rim lodge at the beginning/end of the Bright Angel Point.

Gilbert Stanley Underwood designed a rustic lodge and cabins rather than a single hotel unit. A crew of 125 men, earning between 50 and 85 cents per hour, worked throughout the harsh winter of 1927-28 to build the lodge. When it opened to the public in 1928, staff would line up at the door to sing a song of welcome. In the evening, they put on a talent show followed by a dance. Visitors would depart to strains of a farewell song sung by the accommodating staff. On September 1, 1932, fire razed the four-year-old Grand Canyon Lodge. Rebuilding began in 1936. The design altered somewhat: steepened roofs replaced flat rooftop observation decks, more stone, and less wood. Interior space became more massive with high, gabled ceilings and exposed beams; durability under snow load and resistance to fire improved. The tower, with its museum and natural history, exhibits painstakingly assembled by park naturalist Eddie McKee, was never replaced. When the Union Pacific Railroad, builder of the lodge, ceased passenger operations in 1971, it had no incentive to promote accommodations like Grand Canyon Lodge. The lodge and cabins were donated to the National Park Service, which now leases the buildings to a concessioner. The lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring that this aesthetically appealing structure will be maintained in its present condition until, millennia from now, canyon erosion returns it to the environment from which it came.

There are two excellent railed viewpoints just along the pathway that has a magnificent view of the South Rim of the canyon. You can also see the Desert View tower here as well as the San Fransisco Peaks. You can also see part of the South Kaibab, Bright Angel, and Plateau Point trails on the South Rim too. These views can be dangerous in the middle of the Monsoon when there is lightning present in the storms. The trail then winds along the edge of the Transept Canyon to the West of the Lodge and cabins. You walk right below all the cabins, and there are even a few maples that can be deep red color in the fall of the year. There are Chipmunks, deer, and many birds that will sing to you along the way. You walk along with many different views out into the canyon. You then walk along next to the canyon on the Kaibab Limestone. There are also many rocks along the path with fossils in them: crinoids, shells, sponges, and many other sea creatures. The trail ends at the North Rim Campground.

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2009-05-23 Dschur
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To North Kaibab Trailhead
The North Kaibab trailhead is located 41 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67 (1.5 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge). A small parking area offers limited parking. Transportation is available from the Grand Canyon Lodge (twice each morning; check at the lodge for times and fares) or, for those staying at North Rim Campground, it is a half-mile walk to the trailhead. Hikers on a rim-to-rim hike and who have only one vehicle often use the private Trans-Canyon Shuttle (928-638-2820), which provides service between the North Rim (departs around 6 a.m.) and the South Rim (departs around 1 p.m.) daily from May 15 to October 15. North Rim park facilities (lodge, store, gas station) close on October 15, but Highway 67 remains open to vehicle traffic until winter conditions preclude access. Visitors should be prepared for road closure anytime after October 15, but often Highway 67 remains open into November. Once closed Highway 67 remains so until May 15. It is not possible to reach the trailhead by vehicle before May 15.

Bright Angel Point Trailhead: This trailhead is somewhere around the Grand Canyon Lodge. Trail takes off southward. HAZ needs more information on the exact location. Looks like the a spur trail goes around the cabins to the parking lot too.

Transept Trailhead: North Rim Campground near the General Store

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 354 mi - about 6 hours 25 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 459 mi - about 7 hours 55 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 208 mi - about 4 hours 18 mins
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