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Address: Trailhead on the South Rim, 500 feet west of Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Loved being able to drive our car to this spot

During the winter months, the park buses do not drive to this location. We have taken buses in the past but driving is much more fun and one does not have to wait at various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
creekertraveller
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Carefree, Arizona

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Carefree, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During the winter months, the park buses do not drive to this location. We have taken buses in the past but driving is much more fun and one does not have to wait at various look-out points along the way till the bus comes to take you to the next overlook.....

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was freezing!!! However, I am so glad we did this. We went at sunrise and got the most amazing pictures.

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The Hermit Trail is a beautiful short hike along the South Rim. It's not strenuous, is relatively flat, and many areas are paved. It offers some spectacular views and is well worth the hike. We encountered a small herd of Elk. The bus runs along the trail, so on the return trip you can take the bus back.

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This is a rugged, rocky, sunny trail with exposed edges that starts at the end of the Red Route (Hermit's Rest). We chose it because it is NOT a mule trail (like Bright Angel or Kaibab) and is less well traveled.It is not a trail for the casual hiker. The park service deems it "difficult" or "very difficult" depending on... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is a 7 mile, round trip hike. 1500 feet of descent. After the initial descent the trail is a mix of slight rises and descents around the rim about a third of the way down into the canyon. A nice variety of geology and plant life. Incredible views of the canyon from different angles. The trail does get a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great trail, rough at spots, easy to follow, but do take poles if you are a bit unsteady like me. Man, it was fun going down to Maria Springs, but then you had to return back the way you came. Oh my. This is for experienced hikers, take lots of water and sunscreen, and have fun. We liked it but... More 

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new jersey usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This trail is very historic and so well built you can hike it 100 years after it was last maintained. But it is so hot that it doesn't open until Sept 1st. We hiked up it, not down, so I cannot comment on that direction. But to go up from Hermit Camp you must leave early - like 5AM to... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

this is in my opinion the view points along the rim take the Red Shuttle to Hermits Rest & get off at all Nine View points along the way

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Concerning the trail by itself and not the red route shuttle bus ( ! ). Nice hike to Santa Maria spring. Not a easy hike, more difficult than bright angel or south kaibab, you can think it is a shorter one but it looks steeper. Need a good physical shape for the hike back. The road is unmaintained, but the... More 

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Laughlin, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I hiked the Hermit Trail the other day to the Dripping Springs Trail!--The temperature was probably well over 100 and there is a 1500 foot descent into the canyon and another 500-1000 feet ascent to Dripping Springs so the hike entails having to climb 1500 -2500 feet and in the heat of the day I would not recommend.The views are... More 

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