Hiking the RIM trails are ideal day hikes. They offer a variety of different views along trails that offer good hiking with little elevation change. There are two short trails in the lodge area that make ideal day hikes for everyone.
The BRIGHT ANGEL POINT TRAIL offers a short half mile (1 mile round trip) hike with a great view of the canyon. The TRANSEPT TRAIL offers a 1.5 mile (3 miles round trip) hike, the view is mostly of the side canyon.
It is always a good idea that everyone carry water! Even though you will be hiking on the rim, you still need water.
Inclines to flat. Well defined. Shade along trail. Directions to Trailhead: Both start from the North Rim Lodge area. Trailhead Elevation: 8,255 Feet, little elevation change. Services:
NO water along trail. Water at Lodge and campground. Destination Distance (in Miles) Services: W = Water; T = Toilet/Restroom; E = Emergency Phone To Next Point Total From Trailhead Round Trip From Trailhead Services Notes W T E Bright Angel Point Trailhead 0.5 The trailhead starts from the parking lot, starting from the lodge shortens the hike. Bright Angel Point 0.5 1.0 Excellent overlook. Transept Trailhead 1.5 Starts below lodge patio area. Campground 1.5 3.0 X X Note: There is an overlook just a bit from the Transept Trailhead, very short distance.