At one point in time, this trail was considered the best in the canyon. Some sections of the trail are still paved with stones that were laid by the Santa Fe Railroad 100 years ago. On the Just Roughin’ It Grand Canyon Hermit Trail backpacking trip, you have a chance to see one of the largest rapids on the Colorado River, as well as an opportunity to explore parts of the Grand Canyon's history. These areas hold all the ingredients for what a vacation should be–unforgettable!
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
After picking you up from your hotel, we head to the Hermit trailhead on the South Rim of Grand Canyon, where we hike 8.2 miles (13.2 km) to the campground at Hermit Creek, 3,740 ft (1140 m) below the rim. The average hiking time to the campsite is about 6 - 7 hours and along the way we pass two of the best collections of fossils on any trail in the canyon.
Shed your large packs today and take a day hike! You can head to the Colorado River at Hermit Rapids, and other points of interest. On many occasions, we will see a rafting trip run the rapids while hanging out on the beach. We can also hike along the Tonto trail to some out of the way places or do some off-trail hiking up Hermit Creek. There are many exploring opportunities in this region and this day can also be used to relax at camp by the creek.
Back to the rim! Today we follow our tracks back to South Rim- an 8.2 mile trek (13.2 km) and about 3,740 ft (1,140 m) ascent). We should be on the trail about 6-7 hours. Once at the top, there may be time to have lunch and shop for souvenirs before heading back to your hotel to complete your journey.
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Trip Cost Per Person
- Round trip transportation from Phoenix-Metro or Flagstaff.
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- All necessary gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, meal kit, trekking poles, headlamp, etc.)
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity (10% of the tour price is recommended).
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