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Transept TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2012
writelots
Hiking3.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   3.40 mph
50 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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The Transept is sort of the ultimate 'not-really-a-hiker's hike. For the folks who rented their El Monte RV to drive from North Dakota and see all of the National Parks of the west in a whirlwind 2 week adventure, the gentle walk between the campground (with toilets, showers, hot coffee and food) to the lodge (with toilets, showers, hot coffee and food) is the perfect way to justify their purchase of a 'I Hiked the Canyon' t-shirt and ball cap bonus-bundle. It has some pretty views of Transept Canyon, and provided you don't bail out at the first lodge turn out, connects right up to the Bright Angel Point trail and the views there. There's even a little interpretive spot with the remains of a prehistoric dwelling and a few well-placed benches.

It may sound from the paragraph above like I didn't like the hike. In truth, I enjoyed the walk more than I might have a stroll through my neighborhood and less than I might a scramble through some seldom-visited escarpment in the middle of pumpkin-head nowhere.

The Bridle Path back was even more pedestrian (for lack of a better word), and was one step down from a paved greenway. However, there were some cool construction features that were no doubt left over from its days as an actual bridle path. The pines were swaying in the breeze, the air was crisp and beautiful, and the company was marvelous. How can you go wrong?

All in all, a very nice trip to lunch and back - and I got a new Grand Canyon map out of the deal.
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