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Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack14.44 Miles 4,265 AEG
Backpack14.44 Miles2 Days         
4,265 ft AEG
 
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Overnight trip to Hermit Creek with Kaila and her Father. Made good time from Mesa to the trailhead and were on trail a little after 10am. Mostly clear skies with temps in the low 40s, there some small patches of frost and the ground itself was frozen, but the trail itself was completely snow free and we all warmed up quickly once we started moving.

Beautiful trail, and the views only get better the further down you go. We took our time on the descent since we knew he had plenty of daylight and there was no reason to rush. Not too many people on the trail, we ran into a couple of day hikers and had two other groups of people camped out with us at the creek, but it still felt pretty remote. Even got to see a bighorn sheep grazing along the trail just before we entered camp.

The mice came out in force overnight, scampering through camp and trying to find any unattended food items. Luckily I brought mice proof container so we had no issues with them. It got down into the upper 30s overnight, but nothing ever froze. We all stayed up for a bit after dinner to do some stargazing together before retreating to the warmth of our respective tents.

We all woke up early the next morning, had a leisurely breakfast, and were on trail a little after 0800. The climb out was long and slow, but it allowed us to appreciate the canyon and really soak in the sights. Felt great to reach the trailhead and enjoy the fig newtons that we had waiting in the car. On the drive out we stopped briefly at Pima Point to look down to look down on the canyon we had just hiked out of and try to spot where we camped.
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