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Widforss Autumn Sunset

Widforss Autumn Sunset

"Not every trail at the canyon is a grueling death march. The Widforss, for example, never dips below the rim. Named for Gunnar Widforss, and artist who painted western national parks in the 1920s and 1930s, the trail rambles through shaggy woods, offering big canyon panoramas on the way. Near the trailhead, grab a brochure from the metal box. The guide matches up with numbered markers scattered long the first 2.5 miles of the hike identifying points of interest. Much of this segment traces the edge of the gorge, so you’ll enjoy impressive viewpoints. The final marker is one such overlook. You can head back after that for a nice 5-miler. If you continue, the trail turns into the forest, cutting through a picturesque little vally where I had my lupine epiphany. Even though it was early in the monsoon season, blooms were splashed across the forest floor. I spotted fleabane, paintbrush, fireweed, and several others I couldn’t readily identify.

On approach to Widforss Point, a picnic table sits in the shade of a big ponderosa pine. It has to be the most superfluous picnic table in the park. Who’s going to drive to the North Rim, hike five miles into the woods, then stop a few feet from the rim – where there are no canyon vistas – to have a picnic? My suggestion is to continue walking the additional fifty yards to Widforss Point. There you can find a nice sitting rock with terrific views and have yourself a proper canyon-side repast. Remember: friends don’t let friends picnic irresponsibly."

Source: Roger Naylor "Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook For Hungry Hikers.