The next day, a ranger recommended the Widforss Trail. Becky and I made sure to take plenty of water for the hike. It wasn’t nearly as strenuous as the North Kaibab Trail, but it skirted through the woods and then along the rim. We enjoyed some breathtaking views and once we passed the mid point marker, the hike continued on through forest and meadows without the canyon in sight. It was a great hike for the day and once completed, we went to Bright Angel Point (behind the North Rim Lodge) and marveled at gorgeous views at sunset. The trail was crowded and short but well worth the effort, especially before a good meal at the lodge.
From there, we ate dinner at the North Rim Lodge (had to make reservations a few days ahead of time) and enjoyed a at iron steak and potatoes with Night Owl Merlot, a nice contrast from two straight days of eating Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried food. The North Rim Lodge is a wonderful piece of architecture that has one of the best views in the world. You can sit on the back porch all day and not get tired of looking at the same thing. The accommodations at the Lodge were nice and we had a restful sleep.
On the way back to Vegas for our flight home, we stopped by Zion National Park and took the scenic shuttle tour though I wish now that we had not done so since it was merely a tease. While at Zion, I discovered that the East Rim could be a fun excursion so we are hoping to coordinate a visit there on our next trip. As for the trip in itself, the North Rim of America’s grandest canyon is one that any adventure seeker should someday enjoy.
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