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Widforss TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking4.48 Miles 757 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   1.99 mph
757 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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Debated about what rim hike(s) to take while camping with the family near Jacob Lake, and finally settled on Widforss Trail. We did the portion of the trail that corresponds with the self-guided tour brochure https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/ ... dfross.pdf, which includes 14 markers along the trail--totaling about 4.5 miles. I was a bit disappointed to find that there weren't any actual copies of the brochure at the TH. Should have printed one out beforehand.

In any event, the hike was pleasant and perfect for the family crowd, which included my two grandsons (a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old). That said, there was a bit more up and down than I had led the family to believe, which earned me a mild rebuke from my wife, who made me promise to stick with easy, flat hikes. 8-[

We took it easy, and enjoyed the forest stroll. There were a lot more canyon overlook opportunities than I was expecting. And the "end" of the guided portion of the trail stops at a great little viewpoint of the Transept.

We took a break and some pictures from the outcropping overhangs at our turn-around point, and then made our way back.

About a 1/2 mile from the TH< we came across a nice-sized gopher snake. He was gracious enough to let us take photos and videos but also did his best rattlesnake impression by rapidly tapping the tip of his tail on a nearby log.

Ate lunch at the TH then wandered down to the nearby Harvey Meadow to take a quick look around the natural cave that USFS game warden, "Uncle Jim" Owens, converted into a shelter in the early 1900s, while pursuing the USFS's overzealous efforts to "manage" the mountain lion population.

Overall, a great rim hike with a moderate workout, decent views, and pleasant summer temperatures.
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