This scenic day hike leads three miles one way from Hermits Rest to Dripping Spring. Hikers along this route will experience some of the amazing trail work within Hermit Canyon and get sweeping views from the head of it. The destination of this hike is an oasis in the Coconino sandstone complete with maidenhair fern.
Begin this hike from the end of West Rim Drive at Hermits Rest. The trail leads southwestward at the start. It descends through the upper stratum of the canyon along a meticulously carved stairway. The trail work along the upper section of this trail is a testament to the long hours in the hot sun that were spent creating it in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Slightly less than a mile and a half from the trailhead this route reaches the Waldron Trail. Waldron leads southward toward Horsethief Tank. At this junction follow the Hermit Trail to the right as it continues southwestward for a short distance. It soon turns sharply northward to meet the Dripping Springs Trail. At this junction turn left on to the Dripping Springs Trail and begin contouring the head of Hermit Canyon. In one mile the trail reaches a junction with the Boucher Trail. Turn left at this junction and follow the drainage westward that leads to the spring. This track parallels the northern bank of the drainage to Dripping Spring. The trail continues above the springs for several miles into the Kaibab National Forest.
Directions: From South Entrance Station, Drive northward on South Entrance Drive to the East Rim Drive/West Rim Drive junction. Bear left on to West Rim Drive and follow it 8 miles, through Grand Canyon Village, to Hermits Rest. The West Rim Drive is open to private vehicles from October through March. At all other times a free shuttle takes visitors to Hermits Rest. The Hermit trail leads southwestward from Hermits Rest. Follow it one and a half miles to the Dripping Springs Trail. This will take you to Boucher Trail.
Elevation: 6,640 feet
Ending Elevation: 5,600 feet
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