Boucher Creek to Hermit Creek Loop

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

Boucher Creek to Hermit Creek Loop

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."

More Boucher Creek to Hermit Creek Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"A three- to five-day hike on historic trails in Grand Canyon National Park. There is always water in Hermit Creek, and there’s designated camping at the Park Service campsite. The trail down Hermit Canyon is about 1.5 miles, and descends through ancient rock formations to the Colorado River. The Tapeats sandstone, a rock that was derived from beach sand, forms the rim of lower Hermit Creek.

The somber dark gray rocks of the gorge are Vishnu schist, among the oldest rocks on earth. The hard, twisted schist is the result of extreme pressures deep in the earth, probably caused by movement of the continental plates. The side canyon ends at Hermit Rapid, one of the largest in the Grand Canyon. For modern river craft, Hermit Rapid is fun but not difficult, because the water is deep and free of rocks. At high water the waves reach heights of 20 feet or more."

Boucher Creek to Hermit Creek Loop Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Grand Canyon
Nearby City
4,310 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best: March through June; September through November
6,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,330 feet
Top Elevation
Grand Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS quad: Grand Canyon; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park
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Oct 2018