My first hike into the Grand Canyon left me with mixed feelings. The Canyon is beautiful. Now the Grand part must be referring to the crowds of people. The lack of parking and mind boggling entrance fees are just part of the package. If your mind is set on a relaxing hike into a breath taking canyon where your heart cries go to Canyon de Chelly. =) In all fairness, the employees of the park are very friendly.
Okay Welcome to the Grand Canyon! The hike to Dripping Springs is about six miles round trip. Begin at Hermits Rest and follow the Hermits Trail down into the Canyon. Midway into the hike turn left onto the Dripping Springs Trail. The trail goes back into the alcove where the Dripping Spring is found. As the name states this spring is dripping. The drip is from a wall above and falls into a small pool below.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.