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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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Great place

We enjoyed the views from here and visiting the gift shop. You can even get something to eat. Buses... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Moonmel
A Bit of a Disappointment

You get to the Dripping Springs Trail by going down the Hermit Trail which starts at the end of the... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
Jim R
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Calgary, Canada
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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 May 2, 2018

We enjoyed the views from here and visiting the gift shop. You can even get something to eat. Buses were loaded dropping people off. We saw several elk grazing near the road. Busy location, but worth it.

2  Thank Moonmel
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

You get to the Dripping Springs Trail by going down the Hermit Trail which starts at the end of the Hermit Road and the trail junction is well signed and it is a pretty good trail. The hike there and back was better than the...More

1  Thank Jim R
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

This was our first experience at hiking down into Grand Canyon and we did not know how far we would go. In the space of about an hour, we managed to walk down 600 feet in elevation and about 1.6 miles in distance. Not sure...More

2  Thank 17KAG
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

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

5  Thank ExploreAZcouple
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Reviewed November 6, 2017

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

2  Thank Zoom_Gotti
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Reviewed August 18, 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

3  Thank Georgann F
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Reviewed May 1, 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

5  Thank twilite59
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Reviewed April 11, 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
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Reviewed March 30, 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 Starchgirl
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Reviewed March 10, 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.

4  Thank sycha
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Peter T
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Response from Zoom_Gotti | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't say it's more difficult. But you begin the hike by walking down rocky, chipped away stairs that were part of the original construction when a resort was here (probably eighty years ago). That's all. Forty minutes... More
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