Hiking Grand Canyon National Park
by Ben Adkison (Falcon Guides)
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A strenuous hike even with decent weather - the climb back out was a tough one. Recent monsoon rains have created many washouts on the trail, including one significant washout/rockslide across the trail that created a "hands on" shuffle across the loose rocks to re-engage the trail. Beautiful views of Hermit Basin and Gorge. Hike out was tough - I felt more strenuous than South Kaibab to Skeleton Point and back.
I would rate this a strenuous hike. The trail is unmaintained and often rough/rocky, and it is quite STEEP! There is not much shade along the way, so bring plenty of water/Gatorade especially in warmer months (I would recommend 1 gallon per person). The view along the trail is beautiful! Shortly (maybe 3/4 - 1 mile) before reaching Dripping Spring there is a plateau (and some shade!) where we could rest and be treated to a lovely view of the Grand Canyon. Dripping Spring is pretty neat ... water drips from the overhanging cliff into a small, round pool. It took my family & I about 7 hours to complete the 6.5 miles trip (my mother & I felt like we were never going to make it back to the top!). It is a challenging hike, but we enjoyed it especially because we were by ourselves most of the time -- we like to be able to enjoy the canyon in solitude.
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