Waldron trail is an alternative route down to the Hermit basin from the South Rim of the Canyon just west of the village. Due to construction on the west rim road in 2008 which was limiting access to Hermit's Rest the Park Service were recommending using Waldron to link up with the Hermit trail within the canyon. Take Rowe Wells road that leads west from the village to the trailhead following the railway line to Williams for about 2 miles, the first 1/2 mile being paved. The Park Service recommends parking at a picnic spot near Rowe Wells due to clearance issues for cars. It means a hike of 2.75miles to the actual Waldron trailhead on forest roads. The Park Service had placed little orange flags at forest road junctions to help guide you to the trailhead.
From the trailhead you head north through ponderosa pines to the left of Horsethief Tank staying on the side of the drainage as it turns to the west after about 1/4 mile. The trail goes westerly for nearly 1/4 mile with the drainage down to your right before gradually heading north. Another 1/4 mile and you head down into the gully and up the other side which is the crest of the canyon at about 6350 feet. From here you start your descent through gravelly switchbacks down the Kaibab layers and through junipers and pinon pines. After descending 800 feet in 1/2 mile through Toroweap and Coconino rock layers you are in the Hemit basin and the trail levels out. Another 1/2 mile and you come to the signed junction with Hermit trail at 5400 feet.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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