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Hermit Trail to Tonto Trail

As a backpacker you get to drive your vehicle along the Hermit Road where there is a backpackers... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2018
Jim R
Calgary, Canada
Best hike ever. Be cautious, Be bravel

We are middle aged and hike a lot. We have tried three times to go to the GC and all trips failed... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

As a backpacker you get to drive your vehicle along the Hermit Road where there is a backpackers parking lot at Hermits Rest at the end of the road. Off we set down the Hermit Trail. We were informed at the backcountry office that Santa...More

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed February 4, 2018

So it was brutal, even though it was late April, early May. We were in the area for a few months and worked up our hiking. We went down S. Kaibab, crossed Tonto and then up Bright Angel. It got much more hot than we...More

Thank eddiemiller
Reviewed January 15, 2018

We are middle aged and hike a lot. We have tried three times to go to the GC and all trips failed. We knew this was our one and only trip. We tried the Phantom Ranch thing with no luck. We read the many horrible...More

Thank MadEater
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

I went in 1987. Down Hermits rest to a wonderful Creek and small water fall. Down to monument canyon to the river. Then out Bright Angel . It was August. We did some of it at night. Clear skies,no lights needed. So remote and beautiful....More

1  Thank Mark L
Reviewed July 24, 2017

We have 4 kids (ages 11-17) and this was a great hike for us! We only saw 3 other people on the Tonto Trail, and it was breathtakingly beautiful! After a TON on online research we mapped out the following plan... We began our hike...More

4  Thank SeenManyThings
Reviewed May 19, 2017

This is a underused and awesome trail. Not well known and barely any info can be found online from .gov websites. Go to the USDA forest service website for info. Be careful not to draw water from the unmarked radioactive stream. Named one of the...More

1  Thank greenluck007
Reviewed May 4, 2017

In April we went down Bright Angel Trail until Indian Garden and took then the Tonto Trail East to South Kaibab Trail, where we went up. The Tonto Trail goes inside the canyon with some nice views but nothing really special. It is 5.4 km...More

Thank Dietamr R
Reviewed July 26, 2016

We took the hike down Bright Angel and instead of the river we went for Tonto. Tonto East to be exact. After we passed the Indian Garden/Springs that was prob the last time we had a chance to fill water before the long journey through...More

2  Thank Lynn L
Reviewed March 2, 2016

We (my wife, 11yo son and I) came down South Kaibab and caught the Tonto trail at Tipoff on our way over to Bright Angel. While Tonto doesn't cut much distance (compared to going all the way to the Colorado) it does eliminate a lot...More

4  Thank getteedoff
Reviewed July 20, 2015

We did Tonto Trail in between South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails and loved it. The views are completely different, but made for a long 14 mile hike. Started early at 8am hiking down South Kaibab Trail, then took Tonto trail as a connector trial...More

4  Thank TennisPlayer15
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