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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
Jim_H
Hiking15.00 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.88 mph
4,200 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Probably the best "unmaintained trail" I have ever seen. After this and the Tanner, the NPS and USFS trail crews should swap out a summer! I know a few maintained FS trails that could use some NPS lack of attention. The mule waste free sandstone stairs are impressive.

The Plateau is already very cold at night, high 20s to start, and coming from 100 the day before, that is hard to take. Heavy smoke fog filled the canyon from the Ike Fire on the North Rim. It lifted by my hike out, but going in was a lung filler. Ike started in summer, and had died down by Labor Day Weekend. A backcountry ranger read me an internal email detailing how it escaped containment during the Red Flag Day 2 days before my hike. Whether due to that, or the closure from earlier in the summer, Swamp Point, the North Bass, and Powell Plateau were closed. Good thing I had already decided to skip a North Rim Diversion for driving disdain reasons, as I wouldn't have been able to make it out on to the Powell, even if I wanted!

Far fewer people than the BAT or SKA, but way more than the Tanner. Went to Hermit Creek, just past the toilets, and enjoyed my lunch while I soaked my feet in the creek. Hiked out from there, too tired and time constrained for the river. All the usual enjoyable canyon words. AEG is the TH elevation minus the creek elevation from google, plus the elevation gain from Hazbot going out. Seems like 15 miles is fair, given some of the mileage for the hike using GPS routes, even when I trimmed them down.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Santa Maria Spring Dripping Dripping
Clear, full trough. Lots of tadpoles, so you know the water is pure, but probably microbe filled, too.
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