Hermit trail to Dripping Springs

Hot
Updated
Grand canyon as seen from Hermit trail
California Condors along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hiking along the Hermit trail
Dripping Springs
map: Dripping Springs (Grand Canyon)
elevation plot (descending): Dripping springs

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

From Flagstaff, take HWY 180 north towards the Grand Canyon. Once you enter the park, you'll head towards the Grand Canyon Village. During the busy season, you will need to take the shuttle from Grand Canyon Village to the Hermit Rest trailhead.
city
Grand Canyon
state
AZ
country
USA
Region
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

Distance
6.50 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
6.5 miles round trip to Dripping spring.
Time
4.25 [Hours]
Time-details
This hike took us about 4.25 hours with about 20 minute break for lunch.
Elevation Change
3,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
1,500 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Details
1500 ft elevation loss to Dripping spring
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back

Season

Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Season Details
All year (SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER AND SUMMER TIMES!)
Date Hike completed
May 05, 2007

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
This trail is better than the Corridor area of the grand canyon. Expect to meet 15-30 people this day.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
This hike is Moderately difficult. We're in the Grand Canyon baby! It's also nice to get away from the crowded Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails.

Kids in good shape can make this hike with adult experience and supervision.

Permits

Be Aware of
Shuttle ride required, extreme temperature changes
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER AND SUMMER TIMES:

, For Winter Hiking: Remember that the South Rim is damned cold in the winter. Snow and Ice will cover the trail for the first few miles. Crampons recommended.

, For Summer Hiking: Get an early start and don't hike during the heat of the day. Remember that the bottom of the canyon will be MUCH hotter than the top.

Hike the Hermit trail to Dripping Springs in Grand Canyon national park, Arizona.

Less crowded and with the same spectacular views, the hermit trail is hidden away at the west edge of the popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon. To get to the trailhead, take the (free) shuttle from the Grand Canyon Village to the Hermit Rest stop. Allow 60 minutes for this, as the shuttle makes seven stops on the way for the gawking tourists. At Hermit Rest is a gift shop, restrooms, and water.

While the Hermit trail goes all the way to the Colorado River, taking the Dripping Springs fork to Dripping Springs makes for a nice 1/2 day hike. Although this trail is not maintained, it is still in reasonably good shape. As the trail descends down the white sandstone region, enjoy the work put in by the Santa Fe railroad when they built this trail in 1910. After 1.2 miles of hiking, you reach the junction of Waldron trail (JCT 1A on the map), which is an alternate route to the rim of the canyon. Stay on the Hermit trail by keeping right here. After 1.5 miles of hiking, you reach the junction of Dripping Springs trailhead (JCT 2A on the map). To the right is the Hermit Trail to Hermit creek. Stay left here.

You will be walking along the top of the redwall as you skirt the edge of Hermit Canyon. The views of Hermit Canyon are impressive here. After 2.75 miles of hiking, you reach the junction of the Boucher trail (JCT 3A on map). There will be some brief climbing here as it soon ends at a box canyon. At the back of this canyon is Dripping Spring. 

The spring is a nice place to take a break, with shade and comfortable places to sit. It also marks the turnaround point of our hike. 

Map

Swap Start/End
Adding markers to the map ...
Copyright © 2001-2020 Arizona Hiking.Org | Powered by: Kaibab Enterprises, Inc.All rights reserved
Menu