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All reviews santa maria dripping springs grand canyon great hike final stop gift shop colorado river backpacking trip shuttle buses plateau point miles views boulders solitude unimproved campsite ascent
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 later, you're on greener and sometimes shaded pathways. Also it's not normally maintained and ranger patrols are not frequent. I like this trail for its solitude, but unless you take it to the bottom or across the Tonto, the upper views are better on the Bright Angel, Kaibab and the other non-maintained trails on the eastern drive.