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Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr, AZ

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Distance One Way 11.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,800 feet
Elevation Gain 880 feet
Avg Time One Way 6 hours
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Hermit/Tonto/BA Loop
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Overview: The dynamic interplay of soft and hard layers of stone created an open benchland at the rim of the Inner Gorge called the Tonto Platform. Easily visible from several South Rim overlooks, the greenish Tonto rocks have eroded into an obvious exception to the striking vertical cliffs that characterize most of Grand Canyon. The Tonto Trail follows this natural transcanyon route for 95 rough, unmaintained miles, from Red Canyon on the east to Garnet Canyon on the west. All of this makes the Tonto Trail unique among Grand Canyon pathways. Most descend from the rim towards the Colorado River, but the Tonto Trail offers passage by foot up and down the canyon, parallel to the course of the river. Because of its length, most hikers approach the Tonto Trail not as a single unit, but rather as a series of installments, breaking the route down into four or five sections defined by rim-to-river trails and the natural lay of the land. A notable lack of reliable water makes most of the Tonto Trail a daunting, possibly dangerous, proposition, but the section between Bright Angel and Hermit Trails is blessed with three water sources hikers can count on. As a result, this segment of the Tonto Trail offers a degree of civility not found elsewhere along the Tonto, and it is here that most hikers get their first exposure to the unique nature of this singular transcanyon route.


Hike: Walk down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden and head west on the Tonto Trail. The Plateau Point spur diverges north about 3/4 miles beyond Indian Garden. Plateau Point directly overlooks the Colorado River and is perhaps the best single viewpoint within the Bright Angel Trail system. If time and energy allow it is a worthwhile detour.

Meanwhile, the Tonto Trail continues west toward Horn Creek. The Tonto Trail could be compared to a contour line on a topo map. The trail much prefers to maintain a consistent elevation, gaining or loosing height only when there is no other option. It can seem infuriatingly indirect but, when evaluated with benefit of hindsight, it almost always represents the line of least resistance.

There is water in the bed of Horn Creek about half the time, but unfortunately it is radioactive so don't drink it unless death by thirst is the only other option. The source of the radioactivity is a deposit of high quality uranium contained within a collapsed cave system geologists call a breccia pipe. The odd yellowish stain on the rocks near the rim at the head of Horn Creek testifies to the presence of unusual minerals and a claim predating the park allowed the deposit to be actively mined as late as 1969. Some of the individual loads of ore that were taken from the Orphan Mine were among the highest grade uranium ever recorded from a North American mine. Percolating ground water picks up traces of the radioactivity and carries it to the surface in the bed of Horn Creek.

A small ridge north of Dana Butte forces the Tonto Trail up for a short distance, but soon the path resumes its predictable progression toward Salt Creek. The designated campsite at Salt Creek is located directly upon one of the most common types of archaeological sites in Grand Canyon. Archaeologists call them mescal pits or roasting pits and they represent the remains of slow cooking mechanisms employed by native people to prepare the hearts of agave plants. The plants were trimmed down to a fibrous core, buried and roasted. When the cooking was complete the people broke open the pile of stones to retrieve the food, thus creating a distinctive, crater-like circle of stones. Mescal pits are found throughout Grand Canyon, sometimes in the most unexpected of places.

The trail wanders west, past the little seep at Cedar Spring, and on to Monument Creek. Monument is the largest of the drainages between the Bright Angel and Hermit Trails, and the only one that allows passage through the Vishnu Formation to the Colorado River. Granite Rapids at the mouth of Monument is steep and impressive. The view upriver from the beach at Granite Rapids is a classic canyon scene that has attracted photographers since the days of the Kolb brothers.

The Tonto Trail winds on, turning the corner north of Cope Butte. Soon after entering the Hermit Creek drainage watch for the Hermit Trail junction west of Cope Butte. The intersection is marked with a sign and large cairn. Follow the Hermit Trail to the rim or continue along the Tonto Trail to the Hermit Creek campsite.

Notes: The Tonto Trail is a rough, unmaintained wilderness route. Washouts and narrow, eroding sections are common. Hikers must be prepared, mentally and physically, to deal with the harsh realities of inner canyon hiking outside the cross-canyon corridor. The army surplus food storage boxes at Monument Creek (BL7) and Hermit Creek (BM7) were removed. Bring some type of animal-proof food container to protect your food.

The entrance to cave systems can occasionally be seen in the cliffs above the Tonto Trail. These inaccessible caves in the upper part of the Redwall Limestone have provided nesting sites for California Condors for thousands of years before they disappeared from Arizona skies in 1924. Captive breeding has produced sufficient numbers of birds to support re-introduction to the wild, and today the Grand Canyon hosts 30 or so of these magnificent animals. New nesting pairs have adopted the same caves used by past generations of condors, so hikers along the Tonto Trail are occasionally treated to a sight some experts predicted would never again be seen: a wild, free-flying California Condor riding the thermals of Grand Canyon.

Water Sources: Purified water is available at Indian Garden. Occasionally water can be found in Horn and Salt Creeks, but neither is recommended. Horn Creek is radioactive and Salt Creek highly mineralized. Cedar Spring is unreliable and can be difficult to collect. Good water can always be obtained at Monument Creek at or below the Tonto Trail crossing. Hermit Creek is also reliable, but requires a one mile detour west from the Hermit Trail junction. The Colorado River can be accessed at the mouth of Monument or Hermit Creeks. With the exception of the treated water from Indian Garden, all water must be purified.

Campsites: Increasing popularity has created a need for a system of designated campsites along the Tonto Trail between Indian Garden and Hermit Creek. These designated campsites are the only legal places to camp within this area. Legal campsites are located at Indian Garden Campground (CIG), Horn Creek (BL4), Salt Creek (BL5), Cedar Spring (BL6), Monument Creek (BL7), Granite Rapids (BL8), Hermit Creek (BM7), and Hermit Rapids (BM8).

Segments to Consider:
Bright Angel trailhead (6860 ft)toIndian Garden, CIG (3800 ft)4.6 mi
Indian Garden (3800 ft)toHorn Creek, BL4 (3550 ft)2.5 mi
Horn Creek, BL4 (3550 ft)toSalt Creek, BL5 (3550 ft)4.8 mi
Salt Creek, BL5 (3550 ft)toMonument Creek, BL7 (2995 ft)3.4 mi
Monument Creek, BL7 (2995 ft)toHermit trailhead (6700 ft)9.3 mi
Monument Creek, BL7 (2995 ft)toHermit Creek, BM7 (2900 ft)3.5 mi
Bright Angel trailhead (6860 ft)toHermit trailhead (6700 ft)24.6 mi


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Most recent of 27 deeper Triplog Reviews
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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BA Tonto Monument Hermit
Been sitting on these permits for 2 months now and finally it was time to go back to the Grand Canyon! I took my oldest daughter there last year for her birthday and she had a blast, so we did it again this year and also brought the boy and his friend. Stevie Wonder and my friends Corey and Alix rounded out our group of 7.
Camped in the forest near Tusayan on Thursday and got an early start on Friday morning down Bright Angel. This is my first official time down the BA. So many people it reminded me of the Squaw Peak superhighway but more international. Great views the whole way down to Indian Gardens. Everything was still nice and green. Took a short break here and filled up on water. Then on to the fun stuff. The Tonto has got to be one of the best trails of all time. It keeps a pretty steady elevation as it winds in and out of every side canyon. The views never stop on this trail. Neither does the sun. After stopping at Horn Creek for a short break we continued towards Salt Creek. This is when several in our group started to break down a bit due to the heat. Thankfully, Salt Creek had some nice shaded ledges to lay down on. We rested and fueled up and headed to Monument Creek. On the decent down to Monument Creek through the Tapeats, we saw 4 kingsnakes. Enjoyed the penthouse suite again at Monument.
Saturday we packed up and headed down to the river. This whole day was spent just relaxing on the beach. The Granite Rapids research project is looking good as several of the recently planted trees had grown quite a bit since last year. After some cliff jumping, the guys mostly just relaxed while Madi did gymnastics and the boys played baseball.. what a surprise.. Several groups of rafters passed through the rapids and a few stopped at the beach before hitting the whitewater. A group of 30 senior citizens on an 8 day rafting trip shared the beach with us for the night. The crew of Jay, Margeaux, and Leila were AWESOME!! After 4 days on the water with the seniors they were so happy to see the kids! They fed us real food and gave us beer.. THEY GAVE US BEER! :y: Probably the best part of the whole trip was when Margeaux and the crew threw Madi a birthday party at the river, complete with cake and singing! She loved the attention (and the cake)! What a special moment for her.
Next day we helped them pack up and wished them off down the river. Our group then made the 5 mile hike over to Hermit Creek. All of the camp sites were on the east side of the canyon and exposed to the sun so we spent a majority of the day hanging out at a nice waterfall. We did make it down to Hermit Rapids and the beach there. The rapids were intense but the beach there was not that impressive (compared to Granite). However, the hike through this canyon was really cool. I really liked how it went from narrows with some cool waterfalls to a very expansive but still closed in canyon. Back at camp with our larger group, we were very close to running out of fuel but another group was headed out that night and they were happy to get rid of the extra weight so it worked out perfect. They even gave us some of their extra food! We ate very well that night and got a good nights rest for the hike out the next day.
Beat the sun to Cope Butte and made it up the Cathedral Stairs no problem. Took a nice break at Santa Maria and then up up up.. That last stretch of coconino and kaibab are brutal, but victory was ours to be had. FYI the best ice cream cookie bars are at Hermits Rest, and its not even close..

Overall this was an awesome adventure and we had a really great team to share it with. A lot of times I take these trips to be alone with nature and to be secluded, but ironically what made this trip so great was everyone on our team and all of the awesome people we met on the journey.
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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Hermit Monument Tonto & BA
Work has been really busy these past few months and I can't take time off right now. This limits my backpacking options to weekends. So I was very content to fit this trip to the Canyon in to a weekend window. And perfect weather for an early-winter Canyon hike!

We stayed with friends in Flag on Friday night, then left for the South Rim at 5a.m. We started hiking from Hermit's Rest at 7. After a little less than two miles east, along the Tonto, we headed down Monument creek to the Colorado, and then back up to spend some time in the narrows section. Monument Creek was definitely the highlight of this trip! We left Monument at 3:15pm and continued along the Tonto until we arrived at our campsite in Salt Creek backcountry area. It was about 5p.m. and the sun was setting in the Canyon. This left about 12+ miles for Sunday's hike out: east on the Tonto, and then up Bright Angel.

Snow conditions: scattered drifts on the rim. About 0.5 inch or so for the first mile on the Hermit, but no significant ice. BA has snow and scattered ice for the highest 1.5 miles. This was actually quite slippery, but trekking poles were enough. We all had microspikes, but no one wanted to stop and put them on when we were so close to the end of our hike.

Temps: 24 degrees on the rim when we departed down the Hermit, 28 degrees at our campsite on Salt Creek, 60 at Indian Gardens at noon, and 43 back on the rim at 2:15p.m. -- Not too bad, if you're prepared for it!
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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What could be more fun than hauling 500' of rope and a packraft down to the river and back. Down BA, west on the Tonto, down Salt Creek, short easy float to Monument Creek, exit up and out on Hermit. Pretty little canyon, with a nice bit of flowing water. The first rappel is off a small tree, sturdy but a future flash flood could take it down. I would put the second rappel at just under 250' off a good bolt. There are also several challenging downclimbs in the canyon where lowering packs might be necessary. The beach at the river would be great for camping.

Got grilled pretty good by a ranger coming down the Cathedral Stairs as I was climbing up in the late afternoon. Friendly, but she clearly thought I wasn't going to make the rim in time for the last shuttle bus and that I was probably planning to camp illegally. Just doing her job I suppose, but with the extra motivation I cranked up the pain dial a bit more and made the next-to-last shuttle bus with time to spare.
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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The road to Hermit Rest is open to all vehicles right now so I parked right at Hermit TH. Down Hermit then hit the Tonto heading east to Indian Garden and then up the Bright Angel. Was planning to explore either Salt or Horn Creeks but I got a late start so I just stayed on trail, except I went down the Monument narrows a bit. Only saw one group of hikers near the Hermit/Tonto junction and then another heading out to Plateau Point. No one on Bright Angel :o Cool weather most of the day and not much sun. Was dark by the time I got to 3 mile resthouse. Very little snow on BA and just a few icy spots. No buses running on Hermit Road so I walked back to my car, taking a couple of short cuts through the woods, following the power lines. Then I remembered mountain lions are known to roam around the these areas close to the village. Comforting thought.


There's a self pay kiosk at the entrance now so you don't have to feel guilty if you arrive at the park too early and there's no one manning the gate.

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Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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We backpacked Hermit, Tonto, and Bright Angel as a five day, four-night loop. What an incredible experience- a bucket list trip that has wet our appetite for more Grand Canyon adventures. Personally, this was my first time venturing below the rim and everything went wonderfully according to plan, including above average temps for this time of year.

The Hermit trail is a very difficult descent and it took the group most of the day. I felt the trail was in good shape however and we were going easy on our legs while soaking up the views around every corner. Cathedral Steps pushed us to the edge through the red wall layer. Thanks Hikearizona for the geologic descriptions of all the rock formations! Camping at Hermit Creek the first night was pleasant besides our position downwind of the latrine.

It was onto the Tonto trail the next day to Granite Rapids. Reaching the river and camping there one night was very rewarding and exciting. A high flow event happened to be scheduled for the morning and we curiously watched the water levels rise, the river turn to brown, and the rapids become an even more incredible torrent.

Tonto trail to Cedar Spring: very enjoyable short day. Monument Creek is also a nice camp and extremely picturesque. Cedar Creek has an interesting little slot canyon overlook at the edge.

Horn Creek was our next camp along the pleasant Tonto Trail. The only drawback was hauling our camp water from Cedar to avoid the radioactive flow from the old mine. The deer and skunks didn't seem to mind the water.

Overall this was an amazing trek through more remote areas west of the corridor. There was a ton of variety and amazing views along every section of the trail. We broke up our journey so we could enjoy and make the most of our time. It's nice appreciating some solitude before meeting the crowds at Indian Garden. It forced us to upgrade gear, pack more efficiently, and become more creative with our dehydrated menu. This trip no matter how you plan your camps is whole-heartedly recommended, and will easily tempt us back for more exciting future journeys.
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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Solo into the canyon
Tried out new boots, no blisters but they're much to thick and warm for the heat down there right now. They're the ahnu brand ahno? Whatevs I won them in a contest. They'll be great for cooler weather!

Super hot out not a soul until IG
Got a new gopro but it was charging when I left, maybe next time I'll get to use it.
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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Solo on the tonto. Holy beans its hot!!!

Saw no one after santa maria until Indian garden

One bighorn I startled up it was nosing around horn creek

Salt creek had lots of water thanks to our crazy monsoons!

Started with 3L of water actually filtered 2 more at salt and filled 3L at IG
Its HOT :)
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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Hermit/Tonto/BA Loop
I started writing a super in depth report for this trip but it seems to be kind of a big time investment. I'll just do a moderately in-depth report instead:

Dustin, Tanner, Gil, Matt, Devin and myself headed down into the Canyon on a drizzly Saturday, in tow we had 3 first time Canyon hikers. Going down Hermit was a tad wet, but the impact of the descent is what really seemed to make it rough. The newbies were pretty torn up and slow moving for the last few miles. I was trying to keep things moving because the rain was supposed to hit again in the late afternoon. Sure enough, water started falling from the sky about a mile from camp. I made it to Hermit Camp a few minutes in advance of everyone to scope out campsites, and found a nice spot under a rock overhang that provided some nice shelter. Everyone looked pretty exhausted. Dinner was eaten and tents were pitched. Three of the guys were so tired that they were in bed pretty much at sundown. I also managed to forget my quick-release plate on my tripod, essentially I was lugging around an extra four pounds of worthlessness. I was expecting to have to sleep on the ground at Hermit Camp, but I did manage to get my hammock hung on some mesquites, although I did get some sag in the middle of the night and my butt was touching the ground in the morning.

After a rough first day, the second day was the easiest and best. We got a late start as a couple of the guys slept for a good 13 hours, but we only had about 3.5 miles of packing on the Tonto to do. We rolled into Monument about 1:00, after taking a nice break along the way in a side drainage. Gil was moving slow due to a sore knee from the rugged Hermit descent the day before, but powered through. It was truly a breathtaking moment coming around the bend and seeing the Monument towering in the middle of a gurgling Monument Creek. We took lots of photos and proceeded to Monument Camp. After getting settled in, I went with Dustin and Tanner down to Granite Rapids. The other three decided they better take it easy to preserve themselves for the rest of the trip. I'd been to the river before so I knew what to expect but the other two were pretty blown away. We poked around and took photos, and even took off our shoes to dip our feet in the ice cold water. Tanner collected a bottlefull of Colorado River water as a souvenir. When we returned to camp, Devin had just woken up from a two hour nap, while Gil and Matt had done a little exploring upstream. Dustin, Tanner, Devin and I decided to go check out the narrows where Monument cuts strikingly through the Vishnu-Zoroaster complex. I took off my shoes and splashed barefoot while the others kept their shoes and performed athletic moves to navigate the creek without soaking their footware. I always say that the creeks are my favorite part of backpacking the Grand Canyon, and that section of Monument reaffirmed that opinion. Upon returning to camp and proceeded to have hammock problems. I used too big of cordage on part of my suspension (which I threw together on the fly since the one I ordered wasn't delivered in time). To make a long story short, my hammock whipping failed on me four times and I ended up sleeping on the ground.

Woke up with the typical ground sleeping pains, which is exactly the reason I like sleeping in a hammock. We got out of camp a little earlier as we had a 10 mile day ahead of us. I put Gil in the lead for the first couple miles since he was slow going with his knee. Eventually he ended up in the back, but we were cautious to make sure we didn't leave him behind. It was noticeably warmer this day, and it was a typical day on the Tonto, working in and out of drainages all day long. The whole day seems like kind of a blur. I remember good but seemingly distant views of all the temples on the north side of the river. I remember stopping at every major drainage like a checkpoint to refuel, drink water, and wait for Gil. Everyone would get wind in their sails at different times, with a few different people taking the pole position at different times. I remember identifying the Battleship above us and thinking we were close, and then realizing that it was still another long traverse around Horn Creek. We rolled into Indian Gardens with a bit of a culture shock after not seeing many other people the last couple days. We had a bit of a party that night, with lots of laughing, joking, friendly banter and such. When it was time to go to bed, we realized how quiet the campground was on how boisterous we were :D I managed to fix my hammock problems and had another pain-free night sleeping above the ground.

In the morning, Gil and Matt got a good 30-40 minute headstart as they knew Gil was gonna be slow with his knee. The rest of us hit the trail about 9:00 and set a pretty steady pace up to 3 mile rest-house, where we caught up to Matt and Gil. Dustin, Tanner, and I proceeded to keep pushing up pretty good and topped out just before noon. I had a weight on my shoulders still, however. Back in October 2012, I had a bum knee coming out of Havasupai, and Dustin made it out well before me, dropped his pack, and came back down to carry mine out for me. I felt like I had the opportunity to pay it forward so I ran back down Bright Angel. I ran into Devin after about a half mile, and then reached Gil and Matt about three quarters of a mile down. I confiscated Gil's pack and hauled it up for him. We all made it out by 1pm, and proceeded to drive to Flagstaff for a heavenly late lunch of my favorite Mexican food in the world at La Fonda.

The first day was kind of rough, and I had a few gear SNAFUs of my own, but it turned out to be an amazing trip. I laughed so much and so hard like I haven't done in a while. We saw amazing country, banded together to setup gear, eat and share food, collect water and survive together in the big ditch for four days. I was a bit anxious about taking a group of Canyon novices on this itinerary with a rainy forecast, but in the end we persevered and had a great time. I'm proud of our group :)
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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I woke up at 12:45 am and left the house at 1:30 am for the Grand Canyon. I got to the park at 5:15 am and caught the 5:45 am shuttle out to the Hermits trail. I left the Hermits trailhead at 6:30 am where it was about 25 degrees and I was in shorts, but as always at the canyon it warms up as you go down the hill. I had never done this route and I was doing it alone so I was a little nervous as I knew there would not be a lot of people out there if something went wrong. Hermit was slower going then I thought because it was so rough but it had amazing views. The area around Catherdral staircase was beautiful. Saw a Scout group struggling to get out which were the first people I ran into. I found the Tonto Junction and headed over to Monument Creek. Monument creek was really cool and found water to filter. Took a while to find the Tonto coming out of Monument. Tonto was a little rougher than I thought. Ran where I could but hiked a lot of it. Truly amazing views in the inner gouge. Some great places to view the river. It was a long haul to get to Indian Garden. Happy to get there. Only ran into about 15 people before the masses on Bright Angel. Great day and perfect weather. Got done about 3:00 pm then drove back to Goodyear.
Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit Tr
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We started hiking before the sun rose. It was super windy. I expected the wind to die down when we got below the rim, but it didn't. It was windy all the way down to the artist’s house. The wind did help keep the temps down. The devil's corkscrew wasn't that bad this year. I did two extra trips. I went to the plateau point and to Dana's Butte on the Tonto. I got my boots wet in the Horn creek, so they could be glow in the dark :sl: ! The Horn Creek is not safe to drink because it flows through a uranium mine.


It was super windy and cold when I came out on the south rim. Another fin day of hiking in the canyon!

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From Flagstaff head west on I-40 for 30.4 mi to SR-64. Turn right/north and follow SR-64 55 miles to the park. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance.

The Bright Angel trailhead is located just west of Kolb Studio in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. It is within easy walking distance from Maswik Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, rim lodge parking areas and from Parking Lots E and D. Out of consideration for daytime park visitors, it is recommended that overnight hikers park at Parking Lot E (the Backcountry Information Center parking lot). Though this is not the closest parking area, it is the most secure and is also where the largest number of parking spaces are located.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 234 mi - about 3 hours 43 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 339 mi - about 5 hours 13 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 87.2 mi - about 1 hour 34 mins
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