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Monument - Hermit Creek, AZ
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Monument - Hermit Creek, AZ 
Monument - Hermit Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 21 2018
BiFrost
Backpack32.77 Miles 10,977 AEG
Backpack32.77 Miles2 Days   2 Hrs   17 Mns   
10,977 ft AEG
 
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Spent 3 days exploring Monument Creek, Granite Rapids, Hermit Creek and Hermit Rapids. Friday morning starting about 10am hiked down to Monument Creek campground via Hermit Trail. Pretty warm but once the shadows moved in over the canyon it was much better. Good water to filter in Monument Creek near camp. Two groups were already there but everyone was cool and talked to a few people. They also installed new toilets as well replacing the old open air ones so that was kind of a luxury.

Second day the goal was to explore Hermit Creek and check out Hermit rapids. We left early and made the Hermit Rapids from Monument by about 945. Cool rapids but the hike through Hermit Creek was also a highlight as well. We took about 45 minute brake at the rapids before heading back to Monument campground. Once there we filtered more water and headed down to Granite Rapids for the afternoon. Easy hike down to the rapids but the afternoon heat was on full blast so the Colorado was a welcome sight. Checked out the rapids and went over to the beach for a swim. We stayed over 2 hours and there were a few other backpackers camped there. About 3pm a boat crew showed up as we were getting ready to head out. But I stayed and chatted with them for 30 minutes and they were happy to give me a cold beverage. Then we headed out on 45 minute hike back to camp for the night.

Next morning, we started early about 6am to avoid the heat. Fortunately, the Hermit Trail is on the shaded side of the canyon in the morning, so we made it all the way to Hermit – Boucher trail junction with almost all shade. Then once up above 6,000 feet it was much cooler for the final hike out Hermit. Took 6 hours to get out Monument so not too bad for us. Another great Grand Canyon trip with Mexican food at Plaza Bonita in Tusayan!
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