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 - Our 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.
Get ready for a full day of adventure! Just Roughin’ It will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the South Rim of Grand Canyon, where we head to the Hermit trailhead. When we reach the trailhead, we begin our 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, we set up camp, where you will camp with only a handful of people.
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, we pack up and head to Hermit Rapids. The hike totals 5.3 miles (8.5 km) with a relatively small elevation change. Since we are spending much of our time along the river today, we see rafting tours run the rapids throughout the day.
Today, we have a short hike when we 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 we will only have to hike 1.5 miles (3 km) with our backpacks.
As the tour comes to a close, we hike back to the Hermit trailhead. The day starts early, as we 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 we make it to the rim, we 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.
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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).
Booking and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of 50% of the total trip price is due upon the booking of a trip. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the date of departure and will be charged to the card on file unless otherwise specified. If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following fees apply and are due to Just Roughin' It at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation.
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