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Sep 12 2020
friendofThundergod
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 AZ
Monument Creek PinnacleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hike & Climb21.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hike & Climb21.00 Miles   14 Hrs   20 Mns   1.47 mph
4,000 ft AEG
Lead II G  • Trad • 5.10a Other Good • 150 Feet 5 Pitches
 
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Another day well spent chasing summit registers in the Grand Canyon. Sean, myself and Chris climbed Monument Pinnacle in route to a bit of a marathon day in the Grand Canyon.

We had to start our long day from the Waldron Trail, as we had issues with the Hermits Rest gate. This was my first time on the Waldron Trail and I really liked the short little trail, although, I would not get to really appreciate the trail until our hike out, as we started to headlamps at 3:50 in the morning. Big thanks to @john9l who helped me develop the plan B after being foiled by the gate.

We cruised to the Pinnacle, but a unique sense of dread develops in one as they cruise down a steep trail in the Canyon, for everyone knows that what goes down, must come up in the Canyon. This is a hard thought to escape when carrying heavy packs, but we tried our best to stay focused on the climb and not dwell on the second half of our day.

Upon reaching the majestic pinnacle of Monument Creek, little time was wasted and we were ready to start our climb. Sean drew the rope gun card again, meanwhile, Chris and I alternated between catches and wondering how the hell Sean just led a pitch.

Pitch Break Down:

1st pitch: Tricky start to stay the least, heady roof pull on a semi detached block, yard lightly friends, a stout 5.8.

2nd pitch: This is the money pitch of the climb, the beginning goes 5.11-, which we all aided (you don’t hike 10 plus miles to the bottom of the canyon to split hairs over free ascents and aid, no shame) tough varied climbing and a stout hands finish.

3rd pitch: A bit of a meh pitch, some decent climbing mixed in with soft holds and future death blocks. The semi burly mantle finish is the highlight.

4th pitch: The fourth pitch is a fun steep block party with some engaging movement and hero moves, short but sweet.

The north facing direction of our route shielded us from the sun for most of the climb, but there was nowhere to hide from the sun on the summit, so we did not stay long. Two raps will get you to the base of the climb.

The hike out was hot at times, a bit of a slog and became a little tedious the end as our anticipation for the car grew, but nevertheless, we reached the vehicle with a car to car time just over 14 hours.

36th Grand Canyon Summit.
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Jan 09 2020
kyleGChiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hermit Trail to Santa Maria Spring, AZ 
Hermit Trail to Santa Maria Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2020
kyleGChiker
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,693 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   1.71 mph
2,693 ft AEG      16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I took some friends from ASU to the Grand Canyon. It was their first time to the Grand Canyon, and for some of them (from India), their first time seeing snow! We had an amazing time! We didn't get started on the hike until early afternoon because we drove up that morning and then took our time at several viewpoints before driving out to Hermit's Rest. The trail was in good condition. There was some ice for the first mile or so. I had crampons with me, but didn't feel the need to use them. My Indian friends wore the crampons, and they felt more confident on the ice with the microspikes. But of course, it was also their first time seeing snow/ice, so that is understandable.

The hike itself is beautiful, with very good scenery. We went a little past the spring to where there is a great flat rock overlooking Hermit canyon below. Interestingly enough, Hermit creek was not flowing because all the water was frozen, forming icicles where the waterfalls would normally be.

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The trough was full as always. The flow rate was quite low, but there's always plenty of water.

All of Hermit Canyon was full of water (mostly frozen!)
Nov 23 2019
keepmoving
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 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 23 2019
keepmoving
Backpack14.44 Miles 4,265 AEG
Backpack14.44 Miles2 Days         
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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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Sep 21 2019
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
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.

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Clear, full trough. Lots of tadpoles, so you know the water is pure, but probably microbe filled, too.
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Jan 02 2019
bretinthewild
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 Phoenix, AZ
GC Loop Hermit Tonto Bright Angel, AZ 
GC Loop Hermit Tonto Bright Angel, AZ
 
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Fun 5-day winter loop in GCNP. Heckuva hike out in the snowstorm on Jan 6.

The plan
Hermit to Monument
Monument to Indian Garden
Indian Garden to Bright Angel Camp
Bright Angel up and out

Day 1
Arrived at GCNP amid the shutdown. Never got a code and drove around the Hermit Road gate (more on this later). Nice clear day but plenty of snow on the ground. Strapped on microspikes and headed down. Really helped we weren't making fresh tracks -- had a couple brave souls somewhere ahead of us. Basically, we could count on snow in the shade and dirt in the sun for the next few days. Worried for a minute about water at Monument Creek since it was cold and our first time there. But when we arrived it was flowing no problem. Had Monument Camp all to ourselves. Met a couple young guys from out-of-state day hiking from Salt Creek to Granite Rapids. They were the only people we saw our first two days.

Day 2
Headed out from Monument on the Tonto toward Indian Garden. Beautiful trail and probably my favorite day hiking of the trip. Epic views of the river. Can't beat all the snow on the canyon layers either. When we got to Indian Garden it was fairly busy. Some people hadn't followed instructions and the nearest water in camp was frozen over. But the other two spigots were working fine.

Day 3
Woke up at 4am and headed out to Plateau Point for the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. It was amazing. :o We probably saw at least 20-30 meteors in the course of an hour. The sky was so clear and it was a new moon. Of course it was cold and windy out there so we lasted as long as we could. My buddy kicking over the hot water for coffee mid boil didn't help :app: I went back to bed for a few hours and our other friend, who had hiked in at 5am during the shower, met us at camp. We then hiked down to Bright Angel Camp and had dinner at Phantom Ranch. Great day.

Day 4
Our day off. Got up for early breakfast at the canteen. Spent the rest of the day relaxing, hanging out at Boat Beach, stretching, writing postcards and playing card games. We knew the weather was going to turn that evening and the next day (rain/snow) but decided we'd still rather have a day off at the bottom of the canyon. I don't regret it.

Day 5
Up and out. It rained all night and the rain turned to snow in the morning, which I would guess is pretty rare for down at the river. The precipitation turned to a freezing rain and then into a beautiful snowstorm. It snowed all day as we trudged uphill. Got some great photos but boy it was tiring. Was very glad to have full rain gear (pants/jacket) and spikes. I made it in 6 hours and my buddies got up a couple hours later.

Here's the fun part: my car was out at Hermit's Rest and the road was not going to be plowed until at least the following day. ](*,) Our original plan was for my friend who hiked in late to drive me out there, but that wasn't going to happen. Luckily, Bright Angel Lodge had rooms available, so my friends braved the snowstorm home to Phoenix and I got to stay overnight.

Day 6
The extra day. I woke up wondering how I was going to get my car. The front desk of the lodge was SUPER helpful. First they called the Taxi company but because the road was technically "closed" they were no help. So they called the park service and somehow there was a Ranger available to take me out there. :y: The road had been plowed and she wanted to check it out anyway, so she gave me a lift. We picked up a couple backpackers hiking the road along the way. They were heading out on what sounded like a crazy, epic trip down Hermit and west on the Tonto, over to Royal Arch, where they were going to hike out on South Bass and walk the road back to the park. She quizzed them on their gear, re-wrote their permit (originally for ski camping on north rim) and we sent them on their way. I drove home.

Thanks for reading. Hope it's helpful for anyone trying to hike the canyon in a snowstorm during a gov't shutdown!
Dec 08 2018
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
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Hiking18.61 Miles 4,859 AEG
Hiking18.61 Miles   11 Hrs   10 Mns   1.90 mph
4,859 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
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Started from Hermits Rest just after 5:30am. Cold, but I shed my jacket within the first mile, and wore a heavy long-sleeve shirt and was just fine. The trail was frost covered, but not icy with the exception of about 20 feet about 1/2 mile in. Heading down through the first steep mile or so in the dark slowed us down a little, but after it was bright enough to put the headlamps away, we picked up the pace. The mile and a half along Hermit Creek was probably my favorite part of the day. We were able to avoid getting our feet wet, despite several creek crossings, and reach the River just after 10:30.

We took a long snack break, and I changed to a cooler shirt now that the sunlight had finally reached us for the first time that day. We started heading back up at 11:15 and made faster progress than I thought we would. Getting back into the shadows on the uphill was welcome, as it felt warm despite temps that were mostly in the 40's. We took a short break at Santa Maria Spring, then continued heading up, finishing a little after 4:30. Saw four people all day, all were descending while we were heading back up. Perfect weather all day, and it was nice to finish before sunset.

Route Scout picked up an elevation gain of over 7000', my Garmin recorded 5056'. I was expecting to be around 4800', but I'm going with the 5056' unless someone knows a more accurate figure for this route. ***edited to 4859’.
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Trough was full.
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Nov 09 2018
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking17.71 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.31 mph
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Belated post of a hike that almost wasn't. Couple of side notes. I had finished up my rim hike around 7:30 on a Thursday night. Arriving back to the visitor center parking lot by shuttle bus, I discovered that the GC believes strongly in the concept of minimal lighting. It was dark! The night sky was beautiful, but it was dark. The white strip across the sky (some call it the Milky Way) was cool to see, but it was dark. It's amazing how being a city dweller can redefine one's definition of darkness. There was only a handful of cars left in the parking lot, and luckily one of them had their headlights shining directly on my car. Otherwise it may have taken me some time to find my car. Ironic, the idea of not being able to find your car in an empty parking lot, but it was that dark. The other memory that will stick with me, is that it was cold! The wind was constant, bringing the temps down into the 20's. And that ties directly into, the hike that almost wasn't. I had decided to car camp so that I could get another day of hiking in at the Canyon. Finding an old forest road, I turned off the car and tried to get comfortable with my two blankets. That lasted for a little over an hour. It was freezing!! According to a phone app, it was 18 degrees. I tried to go back to sleep, but I was miserable. So miserable, I came very close to driving home that night. I actually ended up driving to another forest road before deciding to give it another go. I ended up turning the car on and running the heater until I warmed back up every couple of hours to make it through most of the night.

After a great nights :zzz: (not), I was all charged up (true) to hit the Hermit Trail. Arrived at the Canyon around 4:30. There is limited parallel parking at the beginning of Hermit Rd. if you get there early enough. I didn't have a problem. Took the first red shuttle bus at 5:00am out to Hermit's TH. Surprisingly, I had the bus all to myself. Got started on the trail a little after 5:30 am... and guess what....it was Dark! :lol: Used a headlamp for the first hour. Turned the headlamp off around 6:30 and tried to get some pictures, but unfortunately the lighting still wasn't good enough for my garmin. That's too bad, because the views were Fantastic! This would have been shortly after the Dripping Springs juncture where I got my first lighted look of the Canyon. Shortly after that I came upon a small enclosure with some benches and its own dripping spring. Very cool! I noticed that just below that shelter, on a lower shelf, there appeared to be some sort of stone structure. There was no obvious path to it and unfortunately I was too eager going down and too tired coming up to make an effort to check it out. Not sure what it's purpose was. :-k The views were never ending. I found myself stopping every 10 minutes or so, trying to capture the beauty that was unfolding before me. I failed. Pictures just don't do it credit. I was amazed at how the trail fit into the walls of the Canyon. I found myself trying to figure out where the trail was going, and more times than not, I just had to wait to see where the trail took me. (The same held true going back up, even though I knew where the trail should have been). The descent into the Canyon was more gradual than I anticipated. I thought it would be a constant "Squaw Peak", but it wasn't. There were only 2 major descents/climbs. Right out of the gate at the TH and then again around the Cathedral Stairs area. Otherwise, it was fairly gradual (or, at least, short enough in elevation change that I didn't really notice it).

My thought was to hit the river and then turn around, but once I hit the end of Hermit Trail, I had a few decisions to make. (Confession, my understanding of the GC trails below the rim is non-existent ((though I hope that will change in the next few years)), so I was unsure of my route ((after Hermit Trail)) and of the description that I will provide). The sign at the terminus of Hermit Trail said Monument trail to the east and Hermit Creek trail to the west. (After completing this hike and doing some light reading on HAZ, it sounds as if this/these trails are classified as part of the Tonto Trail(?)). I decided on Hermit Creek, since that seemed to achieve what I wanted. Plus as I was coming down the Hermit Trail, I saw a structure in that direction that I wanted to check out. About a mile in I came upon another juncture for Hermit Rapids. In my mind I had already committed to Hermit Creek, but I was tempted and I thought maybe on the return. The hike to Hermit Creek was nice with minimal elevation change, but with still some surprising drop offs along the way. Shortly after the Hermit Rapids juncture I came upon the foundations of an old stone structure and a corral. And then shortly after that I came to Hermit Creek, which is also apparently Hermit Campground, a designated camping spot. There wer 4-5 tents pitched in the area with people milling about. The water was flowing gently, nicely. But was a poor substitute for the mighty Colorado which had been my initial thought as I hiked down. Still not sure what that structure is that I saw. It was raised about 6 feet off the ground and was made out of a fabricated plastic (like the tool sheds you can fear at Home Depot). It may have been just that, a tool shed, or a type of outhouse. It had solar panels on top and looked fairly new. I took a few pictures of the creek and headed back.

Since this was my first time down in the Canyon in 30 plus years, I wasn't sure on my ability to do this as an in and out. With that in mind, I forewent the Hermit Rapids option and chose to hike straight out. I actually did ok. I didn't really hit the wall until the last couple of miles, which of course involved the last major climb. I'm sure my pace slowed noticeable during that last stretch and I ended up pausing a few times to "enjoy the scenery." That being said, my split going up was actually a little faster than that going down. Of course I wasn't stopping evert 10 minutes to take a picture on the way up. Traffic was (I'm guessing) light for a Canyon trail. Met about 35 hikers all told, most as I was heading out. About 19 of them were backpackers with apparent plans for an extended stay. No wildlife, but awesome views! This was a nice intro into the interior. Hope that many more will follow.
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Sep 21 2018
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Monument - Hermit Creek, AZ 
Monument - Hermit Creek, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Backpack32.77 Miles 10,977 AEG
Backpack32.77 Miles2 Days   2 Hrs   17 Mns   
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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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Apr 06 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Bright Angel to Hermit Loop, AZ 
Bright Angel to Hermit Loop, AZ
 
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Kingofvail
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This is my first triplog entry so sorry if it's clunky. First GC hike of the year. Weather was great, although had high winds on the 2nd day. 1st camp at Horn Creek. Water is supposed to have high radiation levels, but it wasn't glowing so hard to tell (humor). We didn't drink it. Next camp was Monument Creek. Spent 2 nights here and it was fabulous. A lot to explore, not too many people, had trickling water, and the hike to Colorado river was easy. Hiked out the Hermit Trail. Left camp at 6 am and we were out by 1 pm. Beautiful hike out.
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Some cactus were blooming but it was infrequent. Brittle bushes weren't quite out yet.
Nov 23 2017
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 CA
Hermit-Tonto-BA, AZ 
Hermit-Tonto-BA, AZ
 
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rally_toad
Hiking31.20 Miles 5,000 AEG
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It has been a while since I've done a hike in the Canyon but spent two days at Cedar Springs for Thanksgiving.

Got a late start from Las Vegas (we are a long ways from the Canyon now) on Thanksgiving day. Did not get started on the trail until after 1 pm when we arrived at Hermits Rest. Made our way down the hermit trail, a fair amount of backpackers coming up the trail. After we made it to the junction with Boucher we did not see another soul until Monument Creek.

We made it to the junction with Tonto trail just before dusk and headed east. We were pressing to make time before sundown. Of course the inevitability of night hiking hit a mile or two before monument creek. We took out headlamps and pressed on, seeing the lights of campers and Monument Creek well before arriving there. Having never been to Monument Creek before it was a bit confusing in the dark, had to look around a bit to catch Tonto Trail out of the Campground. We were very tired and the next mile to Cedar Springs seemed like forever in the dark. We got to Cedar Spring had a Thanksgiving meal of Turkey Jerky and mashed potatoes and then passed out. There was enough water at Cedar Spring for us to use.

Slept in on Friday, got up close to noon and did a day hike back to Monument and down the Creek to Granite Rapids. Beautiful creek and awesome part of the Canyon. Got to see some rafters and kayakers take on the rapids. Very cool.

Saturday we knew we were in for a slog. Woke up early and headed out east on the Tonto Trail for about ten miles. What a beautiful part of the hike this was. No people, just some awesome views. Got into Indian Garden at noon and what a change of pace. Throngs of crowds for the next 4.5 miles out of the Canyon, the entire party was slow and very tired by this point. We trudged out of the Canyon steadily but slowly, getting out just before 4. Then we braved the shuttle back to Hermit's Rest.

Glad to get back in the Canyon for a nice trip. Missed it a ton.
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Oct 15 2017
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.65 mph
1,250 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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It's been a warm October (looks like it will continue) and I am already cold. 5:21pm to 6:21pm.
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 The Basin
BA Tonto Monument Hermit, AZ 
BA Tonto Monument Hermit, AZ
 
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Backpack35.50 Miles 6,775 AEG
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Been sitting on these permits for 2 months now and finally it was time to go back to the Grand Canyon! I took my oldest daughter there last year for her birthday and she had a blast, so we did it again this year and also brought the boy and his friend. Stevie Wonder and my friends Corey and Alix rounded out our group of 7.
Camped in the forest near Tusayan on Thursday and got an early start on Friday morning down Bright Angel. This is my first official time down the BA. So many people it reminded me of the Squaw Peak superhighway but more international. Great views the whole way down to Indian Gardens. Everything was still nice and green. Took a short break here and filled up on water. Then on to the fun stuff. The Tonto has got to be one of the best trails of all time. It keeps a pretty steady elevation as it winds in and out of every side canyon. The views never stop on this trail. Neither does the sun. After stopping at Horn Creek for a short break we continued towards Salt Creek. This is when several in our group started to break down a bit due to the heat. Thankfully, Salt Creek had some nice shaded ledges to lay down on. We rested and fueled up and headed to Monument Creek. On the decent down to Monument Creek through the Tapeats, we saw 4 kingsnakes. Enjoyed the penthouse suite again at Monument.
Saturday we packed up and headed down to the river. This whole day was spent just relaxing on the beach. The Granite Rapids research project is looking good as several of the recently planted trees had grown quite a bit since last year. After some cliff jumping, the guys mostly just relaxed while Madi did gymnastics and the boys played baseball.. what a surprise.. Several groups of rafters passed through the rapids and a few stopped at the beach before hitting the whitewater. A group of 30 senior citizens on an 8 day rafting trip shared the beach with us for the night. The crew of Jay, Margeaux, and Leila were AWESOME!! After 4 days on the water with the seniors they were so happy to see the kids! They fed us real food and gave us beer.. THEY GAVE US BEER! :y: Probably the best part of the whole trip was when Margeaux and the crew threw Madi a birthday party at the river, complete with cake and singing! She loved the attention (and the cake)! What a special moment for her.
Next day we helped them pack up and wished them off down the river. Our group then made the 5 mile hike over to Hermit Creek. All of the camp sites were on the east side of the canyon and exposed to the sun so we spent a majority of the day hanging out at a nice waterfall. We did make it down to Hermit Rapids and the beach there. The rapids were intense but the beach there was not that impressive (compared to Granite). However, the hike through this canyon was really cool. I really liked how it went from narrows with some cool waterfalls to a very expansive but still closed in canyon. Back at camp with our larger group, we were very close to running out of fuel but another group was headed out that night and they were happy to get rid of the extra weight so it worked out perfect. They even gave us some of their extra food! We ate very well that night and got a good nights rest for the hike out the next day.
Beat the sun to Cope Butte and made it up the Cathedral Stairs no problem. Took a nice break at Santa Maria and then up up up.. That last stretch of coconino and kaibab are brutal, but victory was ours to be had. FYI the best ice cream cookie bars are at Hermits Rest, and its not even close..

Overall this was an awesome adventure and we had a really great team to share it with. A lot of times I take these trips to be alone with nature and to be secluded, but ironically what made this trip so great was everyone on our team and all of the awesome people we met on the journey.
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Apr 22 2017
Hippy
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 1,823
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Hermit Basin Jaunt, AZ 
Hermit Basin Jaunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2017
Hippy
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.13 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Headed down Hermit with Jamie and our two good friends KC and Clint for Earth day.

None of them had ever seen Sweetheart Spring so we went there first.

Then after gawking at the Coconino-Hermit contact we contoured down toward the Supai and out to a pretty "point" where we spotted Santa Maria Spring just below us.

From there we skipped merrily back to Hermit trail near Red Bud Cove and Hikes back up toward the rim after poking around Waldron for about half an hour.

Just below the rim Jamie and I led our friends down into a drainage and headed out to show them the "Four Sisters" and some of the "unidentified rusty crap" in the area.

We found glass insulators, beer cans, chew cans, wagon wheel, gasoline containers, something that looked like Fanta, a beanie from the late 90's?!, oh and a gorgeous collared lizard.

Score!

We then hiked out and got booze.

Tis a rough life, but someone must live it.
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Apr 15 2017
joebartels
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 Guides 241
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Boucher Hermit Loop, AZ 
Boucher Hermit Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
joebartels
Hiking22.94 Miles 5,800 AEG
Hiking22.94 Miles   12 Hrs   32 Mns   2.16 mph
5,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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T'was the day before Easter and all through the canyon we searched for companions. A bunny was not to be found yet the buttonose chipmunk near and dear emitted strange sounds.

Shivering was the name of the game for the first hour followed by perfection for the balance. After five miles it felt like we were still near the rim.

Just a nice hike until the mother of all wildflower shows along my least favorite Tonto killed the pace.

Lunched in the shade of the narrows along Hermit Creek before hiking out. Denny didn't care for the ascent but found the gear to get us out before the buses stopped.

Great to hike new terrain and Dave had a funny or two to share. Big thx to Wally for driving, he's been under the weather this week.
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Bazillion Sego Lilies, brittlebush gone wild

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout One drip a second
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Apr 15 2017
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 Routes 78
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Boucher Hermit Loop, AZ 
Boucher Hermit Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking21.69 Miles 5,800 AEG
Hiking21.69 Miles   12 Hrs   34 Mns   2.04 mph
5,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   55 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Full disclaimer: I tanked it on the climb out and was praying God would get me up the last 2.2 miles. Joe's mileage is a little more for coming back down and carrying me out.
Wally wasn't feeling good but still drove us up, hiked the first couple miles, then hiked and napped on top until I dragged myself out. He rocks!
The hike itself was a good one and the trails are in pretty good shape. A couple small rock slides but the trail is still visible. This is a good loop. With the wildflowers putting on a show and Joe and Dave joining me it really was enjoyable for the most part. I would say if your going to filter do it at Hermits creek as it's on the way. Santa Maria spring has water in the tank you could filter but not as clean. The pipe was not dripping enough to filter from.
After the hike we took an adventurous ride on the shuttle and meet back up with Wally. We all went over to Maswik food court to eat before the drive home. Thanks to Joe,Dave and Wally for another great outing,like HAZ, :yr:
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Whites Butte
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Apr 07 2017
lwbenso
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29 male
 Joined Feb 08 2016
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 07 2017
lwbenso
Backpack19.44 Miles 6,776 AEG
Backpack19.44 Miles1 Day   22 Hrs   43 Mns   
6,776 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Forgot to post this right after the trip. I remember it was an excellent hike though :D
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Apr 01 2017
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2017
toddak
Hiking18.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   9 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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Down to the river and back
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Mar 11 2017
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Boucher Rapids Hermit Loop, AZ 
Boucher Rapids Hermit Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
BiFrost
Hiking35.65 Miles 9,452 AEG
Hiking35.65 Miles   18 Hrs   14 Mns   2.20 mph
9,452 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We had done this loop before but without going down to Boucher Rapids so this time we added that piece. Down Boucher went without any issues and all the steep sections were easy to navigate. Took short break at Boucher Creek before heading out to the rapids. Lunch at Boucher Rapids getting there about noon and took 45 minute break to enjoy the river which was unfortunately muddy brown but still nice to see.

After lunch headed back to Tonto Trail junction above Boucher Creek and started the traverse over to Hermit Creek. We had forgotten how long this section is at about 5 miles but made it to Hermit Creek and took another break to fill up water and recharge for the climb out. It was almost 4pm and Hermit camp site was filling up so we talked to couple of the guys. Water topped off and ready to go we headed up Hermit and the long climb. Slow going uphill and reached Santa Maria Spring as it was getting dark. Another short break and last push to the top.

We knew the last bus was about 730 so at this point we were pretty sure wouldn't make that arriving about 1 hour late. Backup plan was to call taxi from Hermits Rest which would have worked if the signal was strong enough. Tried several times but the call kept dropping before I could tell the guy to send taxi to Hermit's Rest. So we started walking the road back to the Bright Angel Lodge where the vehicle was parked. Long day made longer by extra walk but cool to see the rapids!
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Boucher Creek Boucher Rapids
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slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Boucher Rapids Hermit Loop, AZ 
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slowandsteady
Hiking35.65 Miles 9,452 AEG
Hiking35.65 Miles   18 Hrs   14 Mns   2.20 mph
9,452 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
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1st trip
We had to renew our "You're an idiot" badges. :y:
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nikorock28
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Hermit TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2016
nikorock28
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,350 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.61 mph
2,350 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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It felt like it had been a while since I've been on Hermit and I had forgotten what a lovely trail it was. I was hoping for warmer weather, but with the overcast skies and breeze, it was a little chilly. I made it down to the overlook just under 4 miles down and scrambled up to the top. The sun had broken out by this time and I was up there for nearly half an hour, soaking it in (including a short nap). The view from the point is pretty stellar and most impressive up canyon, in my opinion.

I came across several people the upper two miles, but it was quiet further down as the backpackers were topping out and the tourists don't go past the springs. Really enjoyed this one and the flat portions didn't seem to annoy me on this occasion.
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