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Tonto Plateau

Trip Highlights

Day 1 Arrival and dinner...Day 2 Backpack to Hermit Creek Camp ...Day 3 Day hike to Hermit Rapids...Day 4 Backpack to Monument Creek Camp...Day 5 Day hike to waterfall and rapids...Day 6 Backpack out and stay at Yavapai Lodge...Day 7 Departure from Grand Canyon

Accommodations: 2 nights lodging, 4 nights camping

Grand Canyon Backpack: Hermit Trail

Hike to the Colorado River on the South Rim's unfrequented Hermit Trail and discover a solitude not found on busy cross-canyon trails. Waterfalls, slot canyons, a quiet camp near the river and more make this a unique Grand Canyon experience.

This challenging Grand Canyon trek is a classic—and off the beaten path. If you've done the Bright Angel or Kaibab routes and are ready for more, this is the trip for you. May and October are the best time to travel in the Grand Canyon when the weather is not too hot.

This trail has an interesting and rich cultural history as well as amazing vistas. It began as an Indian route, was worked on by a "hermit" prospector in the late 1800s, and then improved by the Santa Fe Railroad.

Along this route there are fossilized shells, natural springs and graceful waterfalls, narrow canyons and sweeping vistas. As we descend into the inner canyon, we'll enjoy the unfolding beauty of Hermit Basin. Along the Tonto Plateau we will see amazing views of the North Rim temples. Along the two creeks, we will explore narrow slick rock canyons on our way to some amazing rapids on the Colorado River.

This has been termed the quintessential canyon trail by seasoned canyon hikers.

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On our Southwest trips, we serve one of our specialties, a spicy turkey stew. You can try it at home or on your next camping trip. Go to Anasazi Stew recipe.

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