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Hermit to Monument Loop


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Hermit to Monument Loop


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.

Need more information about the trails? Click here for the official Hermit Trail description from Grand Canyon National Park.

Day 1

Get ready for a full day of adventure! The guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to 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, the group sets up camp in an area where you will camp with only a han

Day 2

After breakfast, the group has 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.

Day 3

Today, you will have a short hike when the group moves 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.

Day 4

As the tour 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. When the group arrives at the rim, you may have time to relax and head to Grand Canyon Village to enjoy lunch. You may also have time to shop for souvenirs before heading back to your hotel.


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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.
Wholly recommended

Neil Luxton



Trip Cost Per Person
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What's included?

  • Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area). Please note that this logistic may vary based on the time of year.
  • 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! 

Prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

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Travel Protection

Now’s the time to consider purchasing a travel protection plan to help protect your trip investment. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0152.

Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 W20



Upcoming Trip Schedule

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Number of DaysDatesPrice/person
4 daysJun 6,2018 - Jun 9,2018$1100Check Availability / More Info
4 daysSep 27,2018 - Sep 30,2018$1100Check Availability / More Info
4 daysOct 23,2018 - Oct 26,2018$1100Check Availability / More Info
4 daysNov 26,2018 - Nov 29,2018$1100Check Availability / More Info
4 daysDec 13,2018 - Dec 16,2018$1100Check Availability / More Info
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