Hermit to Monument Loopprint
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 a Just Roughin’ It Grand Canyon Hermit to Monument backpacking tour you have a chance to see two of the largest rapids on the Colorado River, as well as an opportunity to explore parts of the Grand Canyon's history. From Monument Creek, you can set your eyes on one of the steepest drop-offs in the canyon as well as the 168 ft pillar of rock that gives this area its name. From Hermit Creek, you can swim in tranquil pools formed by 10-foot waterfalls or explore the miles of trail along the Tonto Platform. These areas hold all the ingredients for what a vacation should be - unforgettable.
*Route Variation - specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
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Need more information about the trails? Click here for the official Hermit Trail description from Grand Canyon National Park.
Your trip starts from the South Rim of Grand Canyon, where you head to the Hermit trailhead. When the group reaches the trailhead, you begin the 9.3 mile (15km) hike to Monument Creek, descending around 3,800 ft (1158.2 m). Monument Creek offers breathtaking views and a peaceful environment. After about 8 hours on the trail, you will set up camp in an area where you will camp with only a handful of people.
Today you have the option of taking a 3.2 mile (5.1 km) side hike to the Colorado River at Granite Rapids. Then, you pack up and head to Hermit Rapids. The hike totals 5.3 miles (8.5 km) with a relatively small elevation change. Since you are spending much of your time along the river today, you will see rafting tours run the rapids throughout the day.
Today, you will have a short hike when you move to Hermit Camp along Hermit Creek. You can cool off in the waterfalls at Hermit Creek or go on some off trail hiking along the Tonto Platform. This is a laid back day and you will only have to hike 1.5 miles (3 km) with your backpacks.
As your trip comes to a close, the group hikes back to the Hermit trailhead. The day starts early, as you have about 7 hours of hiking ahead. The hike is 8.2 miles (13.2 km) with approximately a 3,800 ft (1158.2 m) gain in elevation.
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Just completed this hike in May 2017 and it was everything I could have hoped for. Truly spectacular scenery. Chose this particular route to avoid the crowds; to be in a small group of like-minded people in this pristine wilderness was a humbling experience. And jumping butt-naked into the icy Colorado River will be forever tattoo'd in my memory !
Everything about JRI was excellent - booking, organisation, hotel, transport, camp food, etc.
Our guide was Colin Courtney - what a dude! Perfect balance of fun, adventure, knowledge and safety, with a Zen-like appreciation for the group and our surroundings.
Two things from my experience that I would warn of: Boots and Bedding. My trusty well-worn leather UK hiking boots got way too hot. Suggest light-weight canvas or similar. Also, could not get comfortable on the bed roll alone as supplied by JRI. Take a small inflatable camp bed for a good night's sleep. Only takes a few puffs.
Grand Canyon hiking fulfilled a bucket list experience for me. This trek was hard work but well worth the effort.
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- 65-75 liter multi-day backpack
- 2 person ultralight backpacking tent (1 tent per 2 people)
- Sleeping bag appropriate for the season you are hiking (20 F to 45 F synthetic bag)
- Therm-A-Rest Z-lite backpacking mat
- 1 pair trekking poles
- 1 backpacking stove and fuel (1 stove per 2 people)
- Backpacking meals (dinner and breakfast)
- Trip planning and logistics assistance
*Please note - Just Roughin' It is not a guide service for Grand Canyon National Park. Just Roughin' It is providing trip planning and outfitting service and will not be physically present during your hike. Hikers are required to know their fitness abilities and limitations on any backpacking route they choose to apply for directly from Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers will be required to sign a waiver when picking up the outfitter package.
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