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Dripping Springs Professional Review and Guide
"For a moderately easy introduction to the world below the rim of the Grand Canyon, this 3-mile-long trail to Dripping Springs offers both spectacular views and a perennial source of cool water."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
The first part of this walk is amazing. It is not difficult with well maintained paths and it is surprisingly green with a lot of vegetation. It is also nice to get away from the busier trails (and mules!) like Bright Angel.
The last bit of the trail, from the signpost where the path splits into the 'Hermit trail' and the 'Dripping springs trail' it becomes very, very tricky though! While the first part of the trail is on wide paths with mostly a shallow drop, this part is on some very narrow pathways and very close to a vertical cliff. It has to be said that there are some amazing viewing points, that is, if you dare to stand still and look at them. We decided to track back and did not continue all the way to the dripping springs. Only do this part if you are really confident of your footing and not afraid of heights. It is pretty scary!
The first part of the trail I would definately recommend, it gives a good idea of what 'life beyond the rim' is like and it is very doable. It took us 4-5 hours taking it easy and having some breaks. (That is without going to the dripping springs though!) All in all, it is an amazing experience to walk down into the Grand Canyon. It makes you realize how large, and beautiful, it really is!
The hike to Dripping Springs via the Hermit Trail is a great day hike with a refreshing destination to boot. The views of the surrounding cliffs as well as the North Rim are picture-perfect. At the end of the journey, a well-deserved respite can be enjoyed in an alcove while enjoying the sounds of the dripping water.
This hike was very interesting and very enjoyable. The walk was different in the way that we usually ascent then descent but this was the other way around. Walking down into the Grand Canyon was spectacular as we had amazing views almost all along the way. There were some parts of the path that we had to be careful on as there were some high vertical drops, especially as parts of the path were covered in snow. However, the walk to and from Dripping Springs took us around 4.5 hours and we only passed one person on the route. Definitely recommended!
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