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This is an awesome hike and well worth seeing the nature the Grand Canyon has to offer. Highly... read more

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New York City, New York
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Just look at the photos I have included to see the beauty that is The Grand Canyon and Hermit... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2018
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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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 3 weeks ago

This is an awesome hike and well worth seeing the nature the Grand Canyon has to offer. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark42139
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Just look at the photos I have included to see the beauty that is The Grand Canyon and Hermit Trail. The trail itself I found to be rather challenging, especially hiking back up, going down wasn’t too bad, but going back up was hard. Like...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Courtesy of the Just Roughin It trekking Company, I walked with my daughter, three great guys and our leader Jason Hamburger in the Grand Canyon in October 18. What a blast! Jason's leadership was informative, interesting and challenging. It gave us the opportunity not only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anthea H
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Hermit Trail has a bit of everything - great views, steep trails and easy walks between viewpoints. There’s a gift shop and snack shack at the final stop and shuttle buses if you can’t quite make the walk.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

So glad that my family and I went to the various locations along the scenic sensation of the Grand Canyon.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karen D
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Moonmel
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

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Jim R
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

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank 17KAG
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

Date of experience: October 2017
5  Thank ExploreAZcouple
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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Peter T
January 28, 2018|
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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Clarksville, Maryland
Hermit Trail (1 Reply)
What is the Hermit Trail like? How far would you reccomend going for a summer dayhike? Trying to decide which of the 4 trails to hike below South Rim.
June 04, 2005|
Beijing, China
3 nights in GC (from Page) (1 Reply)
Friends of 5 (30+) going to visit GC in Oct. GC lodges already booked for 3 nights, thanks to the reminders i read in this forum. Plan to drive from Page in the afternoon and reach Desert View, allowing 1 hour sightseeing and @ Lipan Point, then go on to the lodge. Q1: will it be too rushed? Better to have sunset at Desert View or Lipan Point? Second day will try to catch the sunrise and then do some hiking down and up, i think we can do like half of the SK Trail. Q: Should we stick to SK...More
September 25, 2014|
Response fromDetTigerFan|
Sunset in October will be somewhere around 5:30-6:15, depending on what part of the month. I would plan to arrive at the park (east gate) about 2 hours before the official sunset time. I recommend a stop at Desert View (before Lipan); expect to spend 30-45 minutes there and climb the Watchtower. Lipan is a great spot. I also love Grandview -- and you can see the first few switchbacks of Grandview Trail there, a classic GC trail. South Kaibab is a beautiful trail for views. "Half" of the...More
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Temps to expect hiking to river from North Rim mid May (8 Replies)
I've had heat stroke few years ago and heat exhaustion a few time since. I'm 64 and we want to hike to river taking 2 days down, 2 days up if we get permit. So want to know temp to expect on the way down at Cottonwood. I hiked the Hermit trail 30 years ago so I've been there. I plan on taking it as easy as possible and not hiking if its too hot but find some shade and hide for a while. Hiking on north side makes me wonder if its less likely we could find some shade.
February 09, 2016|
Response fromSouthjerseygirl|
Hi Are you coming down North Kaibab and spending both nights at Cottonwood then coming back up North Kaibab? The temps on the North Rim (which will not open until May 15) will be cool and possibly dipping down below freezing at night! You will start out hiking down at much cooler temps...possibly in the 40's in the morning and might even encounter some snow on the top of the trail. The temps at Cottonwood should be warmer but don't expect them to reach into the 90's! Night time temps at...More