Has anyone done the trail down to Hermit Rapids? My friends and I applied for a permit and they sent a letter saying they are holding it, but that it's a difficult trail, etc. etc. They want us to tell them our experiences in the GC, what tent we're carrying, etc. Do they do this for all non-corridor trails? Is it really that difficult for an experienced hiker?
It kind of freaked me out that it may be too hard for us but we have some decent GC experience. We plan to hike down, stay 2 nights at the Rapids, then come up on the third day. As far as GC experience, we've done RTR (S Kaibab to Cottonwood- day 1, then Cottonwood to N Kaibab- day 2), Havasupai- about 22 miles, Bright Angel to Indian Gardens and Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs.