Widforss Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 14.8 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
10,557 Steps 1  (4.8 mi)

The Widforss Trail is a 4.8 mile trail, located on the Kaibab Plateau at the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail provides magnificent views of the Bright Angel Canyon at Widforss Point (elevation 7,811 ft). There's a picnic bench at the point but there are no restrooms or potable water along the trail.

Widforss TrailThe Grand Canyon at Widforss TrailTrees at Widforss Trail

Gunnar Widforss was an early twentieth-century artist who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the 1930's. His watercolor paintings are prized for their geologic detail of the Grand Canyon.


The Widforss Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,306 ft (2,532 m), a minimum elevation of 7,978 ft (2,432 m), and an elevation range of 328 ft (100 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
10,5574.8 mi7,978 ft8,306 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.1 hrs26.8321 ft466 ft
[ B to A ]
2.2 hrs38.8466 ft321 ft

What is the length of the Widforss Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.8 mi (7.8 km) or 10,557 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Widforss Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.2 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Widforss Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Kanabownits Spring, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Little Park Lake, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Point Imperial, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cape Royal, AZ

Is there a Widforss trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Widforss Trail is located on the Bright Angel Point topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.