Hermit to South Kaibab Loopprint
Just Roughin’ It’s Grand Canyon Hermit to South Kaibab backpacking trip is a great alternative to the South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop for thrill seekers and beginner backpackers alike who seek a more secluded, challenging and less trodden path at first but then you get a sense of where 75% of the rest of Grand Canyon hikers hike. (Kaibab is pronounced KY-bab where KY rhymes with Eye and bab rhymes with cab - for those of you who like to amaze your friends at parties). Constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1911, the Grand Canyon's Hermit Trail was originally carved out for tourist access to the Colorado River.
From Monument Creek, you can set your eyes on one of the sheerest drop-offs in the entire park or explore a number of slot canyons. From Hermit Creek, you can swim in tranquil pools formed by 10-foot waterfalls or explore the many miles of trails along the Tonto Platform. A night's camping at Granite Rapids or Hermit Rapids will allow to spend the night on the beach of the Colorado Rapids along two of the biggest rapids in the canyon. You may even see a few rafting trips run through as you’re soaking in the views from the beach. You may even see some crazy dude running the rapids in an inner tube!
The night at Horn Creek is unforgettable - there is only one campsite in the entire area, so just your group camping, so no need to share the vast night sky with anyone else! A great reward before moving on to the more trodden area of the park.
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability. Also avaiable as a 5 day trip as well.
Need more information about the trails? Click the below links for the official Hermit to Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trail descriptions from Grand Canyon National Park. These descriptions do not fully depict the actual JRI itinerary, but are provided to give you an idea of the overall route. For example, we do not ascend Bright Angel Trail on this hike as depicted on the Hermit to Bright Angel Trail description. If you want that route, we offer it! Click here instead.
Hermit to Bright Angel
South Kaibab Trail
We will pick you up in North Scottsdale and head north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Once we reach the canyon, we’ll take Hermit Trail approximately 8.2 miles (13.2 km) to the campground at Hermit Creek, which is 3,740 feet (1,140 m) below the rim. The average hike time is 6 hours.
Today we move camp up river to camp along the Colorado River on the beach at Granite Rapids. Our route takes us to Monument Canyon and past the 168-foot sandstone monolith called the Monument, which gives this canyon its name. While we are camping at the beach we usually catch a river trip or two floating down the river, which is really fun to watch. Our hike this day is 5.1 miles (8.2 km) with only about 600 feet (183 m) of elevation change.
This is the day we cover the most miles but the terrain is over rolling hills. We will cover 9.8 miles (15.8 km) of magnificent views of the inner canyon as we hike the Tonto Trail from Granite Rapids to Horn Creek. This is our last day of quiet before we head back to the busier trails. If time permits, we will head to Plateau Point to experience some of the best views of the inner canyon.
This second half of our trip has us joining the numerous hikers along the main trails - busier, but still beautiful! Today we head to Bright Angel Campground or Clear Creek Camp, hiking 7.5 miles (12 km) down the Bright Angel trail. Once we are settled, take a dip in Bright Angel Creek or the Colorado River, grab a drink at the Phantom Ranch canteen or just chill. (Add an additional 2 miles if camping at Clear Creek for some seclusion).
Today we start our hike out of the canyon along the South Kaibab Trail. It is popular but we divert off the main trails to Cremation Canyon to camp for the night. Today's hike is about 4.7 miles (7.6 km) with 2 miles of trail away from the crowds - just what you are used to. There are many side hiking opportunities along the Tonto Plateau with amazing views into the inner canyon below.
Out we go! Today is the steep hike out - climbing about 4500 ft (1372 m) to the top over 6.5 miles (10.5 km). The views from South Kaibab Trail are vast so make sure you get a chance to stop and look ofter. This trail is popular but for good reason - expansive views of the canyon from either side of the trail. Once at the top, we will have time for lunch and souvenir shopping before heading back to the Phoenix area.
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- Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area).
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity (15% to 20% of the tour price is recommended).
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