Hermits Rest Viewpoint to Dripping Springs Trail is a 14 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, AZ that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from South Entrance Station: Drive northward on South Entrance Drive to the East Rim Drive/West Rim Drive junction. Bear left on to West Rim Drive and follow it 8 miles, through Grand Canyon Village, to Hermits Rest. The West Rim Drive is open to private vehicles from October through March. At all other times a free shuttle takes visitors to Hermits Rest. The Hermit trail leads southwestward from Hermits Rest. Follow it one and a half miles to the Dripping Springs Trail.
Nice hike very rocky
Moderate to difficult hike because of the steep switchbacks scaling the canyon wall. After the initial descent into the canyon, the hike is mostly easy with minimal inclines until the return trip up. There are a few narrow/slippery sections but they're short. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent/ascent into the canyon. Expect the hike to take at least 5 hours, at least. I took many breaks and photo stops, so took more like 6 hours.
The destination was worth the trip. We started at Hermits Rest TH and ended at Dripping Springs returning the same way. We clocked between 3.3 and 3.5 miles one way. The trail continues beyond the spring. Elevation change was about 1220'. This, in my opinion, is a double-black diamond trail! Do not take this lightly! For approx 2.5 miles, the grade averages over 20%. A real knee pounder going downhill and you've still got to come out! Took just under 3 hrs to reach the spring which is really water dripping through the rock from somewhere way above. You aren't supposed to drink the water and we didn't. The overhang was cool and shady after the strenuous, hot hike and we enjoyed a great lunch having the place to ourselves. Returning to Hermits Rest took 4.5 hrs and we got absolutely soaked in the monsoon. A four star hike based on solitude, physical challenge and the final destination. Trail is well marked, very steep in places, rocky and mostly shadeless. Go! But be smart! Anyone wishing to trade or receive more information on this or any other local hike I've done, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org