Hermits Rest to Dripping Springs

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

Hermits Rest to Dripping Springs

Hermits Rest to Dripping Springs Professional Review and Guide

"When most people envision the Grand Canyon, images of its South Rim come to mind. After Wall, the South Rim is the most photographed part of the Canyon, and calendars, postcards, and magazine articles have planted its panoramas in our minds. The vast majority of park visitors come to the South Rim for ample
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A more challenging out-and-back day hike below the South Rim leads to an aptly named spring. From Mar 1 through Nov 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 every day. You can board the shuttle bus at Hermits Rest Transfer shuttle bus stop."

More Hermits Rest to Dripping Springs Professional Reviews and Guides

"A rewarding day hike below the South Rim leading to an aptly named spring. 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.

To reach Hermits Rest trailhead in a private vehicle, drive to the Hermit Road interchange, then proceed straight ahead on Hermit Road for 7 miles to the loop at the end of the pavement at Hermits Rest."

Hermits Rest to Dripping Springs Reviews

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9/16/2011
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.
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6/16/2000
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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Trail Information

Grand Canyon
Nearby City
6.6
Distance
1,490 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Best: March through June and September through November
Season
USGS Grand Canyon; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park
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Activity Feed

Oct 2018