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Hermit Trail

Trailhead on the South Rim, 500 feet west of Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Recent Trail Maintenance--wow!

We did a 3 day backpack here mid-October. Our trip coincided with the end of a long... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ExploreAZcouple
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Phoenix, Arizona
Great Hike. But Watch the Ascent On The Return

Yes! Do this trail. It was originally constructed as a trail by the Santa Fe Railroad and Fred... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Zoom_Gotti
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Henderson, Nevada
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Trailhead on the South Rim, 500 feet west of Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a 3 day backpack here mid-October. Our trip coincided with the end of a long trail-maintenance endeavor on just below Maria Springs. The sections that were previously sketchy do to rock slides and neglect are now cleaned up nicely! This is a TERRIFIC...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yes! Do this trail. It was originally constructed as a trail by the Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey as a way to guide guests down to a campsite and river access. I think it went into disuse in the 1930's and now is still...More

Thank Zoom_Gotti
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This was my second backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon. My best friend and I went with Wildlandtrekking. A beautiful sunset at Plateau Point on our first day with an overnight at the solitude of Horn Creek. This remote route takes you far into the...More

1  Thank Georgann F
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Just went all the way. Downhill for nearly 8 miles is brutal. Be in shape to go beyond Santa Marie springs. Brace yourself for beauty beyond description... and to feel small again. The full Hermit/Monument trail is not for the timid or the unprepared. Trails...More

2  Thank twilite59
Reviewed 12 April 2017

It is the only place west of Grand Canyon Village that goes down into the canyon. The trail is different than most of the other trails although being the only one west it is well used.

2  Thank Yrneh1
Reviewed 30 March 2017

So you came to the Grand Canyon thinking you would at least hike a little way down, and then you looked over the rim. The trails at the Grand Canyon are not for cowards, but if you happen to be one....and your heart was set...More

3  Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Trail is very manageable, going down or up, but still requires a certain amount of energy. Well worth it. Great views, especially of the Bright Angel Trail and those brave enough to take it on.

3  Thank sycha
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Went with a guide to dripping springs. 3.5miles one way. Steep, amazing views. Tough hike. Did it with my 2 teenagers. Glad I had a guide.

1  Thank Lauren Z
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Thought we would try something different having been on bright angel and Kaibob.....lots of snow and ice in February. Quite a workout. Lots of uneven rock to scramble through. Several sections are dry packed rock on edge, very interesting. We made it as far as...More

2  Thank happyme_13
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The trail is a bit like Bright Angel in the you initially start by descending in a side canyon and only see various glimpses of the main canyon. Trail is truly unimproved with rocky debris and some steep steps at times. Definitely not doable in...More

1  Thank huangj02
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