South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail

South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Tonto Trail winds for over 70 miles along the Tonto Plateau through the eastern Grand Canyon. This hike covers the remote western half of this scenic trail. Starting from the South Bass Trail, the hike passes near the Grand Scenic Divide, where Grand Canyon geology changes dramatically. West of the Grand Scenic Divide, a red sandstone plateau called the Esplanade forms a major terrace about 1700 feet below the canyon rim.

The Esplanade abruptly ends at the Grand Scenic Divide, and the Tonto Plateau takes over as the Grand Canyon’s major mid-canyon terrace. This bench is about 3500 feet below the rim and reflects the gray-green color of its underlying shale rocks. Several side canyons allow side trips to the Colorado River and some of its major rapids, as well as exploration upstream."

South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail Trip Reports

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5/4/2006
Did this trip April 2006 with 4 friends over 7 days. This section of the Canyon is remote, rugged and not often visited. We saw 7 people in the first six days, 28 on our way out on the last say. Water is key element. Trip only possible in spring, winter or during the late summer early fall monsoon season. Milage for our trip was closer to 50 miles than the reported 43-44. Trails not marked. Could be done in as little as 4-5 days, but why hurry!!!
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Trail Information

Grand Canyon
Nearby City
42.7 miles
Distance
5,970 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 days
Duration
Best October–November, March–April
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023, (928) 638-7888 www.nps.gov/grca
Local Contacts
Havasupai Point, Shiva Temple, Grand Canyon, Piute Point U.S.G.S.
Local Maps

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