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Waldron TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2015
John9L
Hiking6.27 Miles 1,667 AEG
Hiking6.27 Miles
1,667 ft AEG
 
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We started off the trip with a stop at the Waldron Trail. My goal is to hike all the named trails and this one is on the list. And the Canyon is a nice place to visit. :)

We entered the park via FR328 and followed that to Rowe Well. From there we followed the access road about two miles to the trailhead. I built a GPS driving route and this helped move us along as we kept to the right at the intersection and then crossed the Park Boundary Road, which is wide open ;). Our road is in good condition and ends at a gate where there is parking for 3-4 vehicles.

We started hiking and followed the road just under a mile to the official Waldron Trailhead. You have to veer right and follow the single track as it descends to Horsethief Tank. It's a few more minutes to the rim and the views slowly open up. Hermit Basin nears and before long the view fully opens up into magnificent Grand Canyon welcoming arms! I always enjoy the Canyon no matter where I am.

The descent went really well. The Waldron trail is in good condition as it switchbacks it's way down. We took our time and enjoyed the views and arrived at Hermit junction a few minutes later. From there we continued on another quarter mile to a viewpoint overlooking Hermit Creek. Another view that never disappoints.

After our break we started our return. The temps were pleasant and our going easy as we climbed back up the Waldron Trail. It's a solid climb gaining over a thousand feet. With some effort we topped out and returned to the jeep. We then entered the park by Maswik Lodge. A very convenient alternate entrance ;)

The Waldron Trail was a nice hike. We were the only ones on the trail and it was nice entering Hermit Basin via a different route. Give this hike a look if you're looking for an alternate option without the people and a little easier on the knees.
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