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Boucher Creek to Hermit Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide
"A demanding loop trip of three to four days, tracing one of the most difficult South Rim trails. Although the trail is generally easy to follow, there is considerable exposure in places, and you must down-climb at one point on an exceedingly steep and rocky trail.The trip begins at Hermits Rest at the end of Hermit Road. From March 1 through November 30, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. During this time a free shuttle bus offers access to Hermits Rest every 15 and 30 minutes from about 5:15 a.m. to sunset each day. You can board the shuttle bus at the Hermits Rest Transfer shuttle bus stop."
--Ben Adkison, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park (Falcon Guides).
Boucher trail follows along the ledge of the canyon most of the way giving outstanding views until it makes two long steep drops down into campsite for first night. Make sure to get started early, 9 miles the first day and lots of boulder hoping and difficult at times. Campsite is nice and secluded. The second day is a 5 mile fairly easy hike with more great views of the canyon and river. Hermit campsite is very nice with great sites and even a little pool area in the creek. Only drawback was alittle crowed. The final day was a 7.5 mile hike up. Santa Maria Spring is a great place to eat lunch and refill water before final few miles to top. Great trip! Boucher trail not for everyone, but worth the trip for those who try. First time to Grand Canyon, weather was perfect, Canyon was amazing!
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