This hike offers magnificent views from all the designated points. Currently, until 5 June 2020, no shuttle buses are running and no cars are allowed past the barricades so this hike is very peaceful. It starts west of the Village and extends to Hermit's Rest so you can avoid the big crowds at the Village. Hike all the way to Hermit's Rest (about 8 miles one way) for a nice hike or turn around anywhere you desire. Again, this hike offers incredible views from the Rim and is less crowded than the Village. Bring water and wear a hat.

Different views from every side at Ooh Aah Point. Next time we plan to go on to Cedar Ridge (this is the halfway point). Switchbacks and loose rocks, so take your hiking shoes!

This was an excellent hike with spectacular views the entire time. Both the 1.5 and 3.0 mile rest points have fresh water points, outhouses, and shady rest huts. The trail itself is very well maintained. Coming up will probably take you double the time as going down. This is not a hike for young children due to the incline and severe drop-offs/ledges. Bring lots of water, wear a hat, use sunscreen and wear light hiking shoes. Great hike, loved it.

Always remember, what goes down, must come back up. Hiked in late May, and the rim is a lot cooler than the canyon, though where we got too (just over 4 miles in) it was still comfortable.

over grown
9 days ago

Got a question for those who have completed the Hermit recently. I last went down the trail on 1967. (Was a Geology student a5 NAU at the time). Back then, there was the camp dump which contained numerous bottles, cans and a broken down Model T. Additionally, there was an overhang in camp which could be used as a shelter. 2or3 old beds w/springs rested there. Reason I am asking is I am planning to hike the Hermit one more time come come next May. Too old to do it in one day, plan one day down, one to river and a third back up. Having to camp out for 2 nights the overhang would be handier than lacking a tent. Got some pics somewhere, if I can find them will add to post, so all you youngsters can see what was there 50+ years ago.

Awesome trail to an awesome view inside the canyon. So worth it.

13 days ago

Fantastic little trail! Leads you out to the most fantastic view of the Grand Canyon.

absolutely beautiful and extremely strenuous. There is water available at phantom at the bottom. fantastic adventure!!!

1 month ago

walking shift 2. gps trouble

Far exceeded my expectations! Definitely lives up to the hype! God’s creation is truly astonishing!!

Great long hike

I did this trail as part of my rim to rim on May 15th, opening day for the North rim. The weather was perfect. Definitely use hiking poles they will save you from falling. I would suggest getting a much earlier start than we did but we couldn't get in the park until the gates opened. Take your time to stop and look around the views are breathtaking. Make sure you check before you start your hike to see where the water is on at. During the winner at the North pipes had burst so we only had one place where we could get water until we hit the very bottom Phantom ranch area. People who had not planned for this were not doing very well.

This is appropriately named and is also a great place to watch the sunrise. Take the 4:00 a.m. shuttle in get out dark and early. A gorgeous sunrise in the Grand Canyon is like nothing you've ever seen.

This was not an incredibly lengthy hike but it is very steep. I'm not exactly the tallest person and I felt like some of the steps down were very tall. I definitely would recommend hiking poles. They saved me from falling a couple times. I had never used them before this hike and they were invaluable. Get started early and hike a couple miles down and find a great place to watch the sunrise. It's a nice chance to take a break and get a snack and the photos are amazing.

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Very simple trail but the best views!! I only hiked a couple km out of the whole trail. Make sure you have your camera!

Great trail! Views are amazing. Went down to Coconino Saddle. A little more technical since it’s not a regular maintained trail.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike - recommend to start early, morning light on this hike was amazing. I recorded the hike in 4k - posted on my channel for reference:

My wife and I, along with 4 kids (ages 2, 7, 10, and 13) hiked down to Phantom Ranch a couple of weeks ago. We spent a night at the bottom and then hiked out the next day. I’m writing the review because I didn’t see many comments about taking kids down to PR. I highly recommend it! First, we carried our 2 year old using an Osprey pack. For the other kids, we trained for months (walking stairs, hiking, and running up to 6 miles at a time). My kids aren’t superstar athletes but I was surprised how enthusiastically they embraced the training. They REALLY wanted to camp at the bottom and they trained hard. Here are a few tips: 1. Take a lot less stuff (even if you’re using mules to haul gear like we did); 2. Walking sticks (or just one) was very helpful even for the kids; 3. Even without rain you have to cross many streams so waterproof shoes helped the kids. 4. And finally - don’t listen to the naysayers who might discourage you from taking kids. We camped next to another family who had a 2 year old, and the rangers say they frequently see families with kids.

Really cool and the view was just amazing

We were here when the nps wasn’t offering their shuttle from bright angel and were hoping cars would be able to go to the end. No buses or cars due to covid though we saw several cars and a rv that ran the barricade and went by headed west as we hiked the rim. Awesome views and not one person on the trail. Definitely socially distanced! Wished we could have driven to the end and hiked out of there. Hope the nps will rethink their cars policy during the covid ordeal.

no shade
2 months ago

Hiked down to Bright Angel CG and stayed two nights then hiked out. Took three hours down and would definitely recommend trekking poles. Some of the steps are made for mules, not humans. Took four hours to hike out. Only three tough uphill stretches but be prepared for a serious weather change. Started in shorts and t-shirt but ended with long sleeves, wool hat, and gloves and was chilly.

2 months ago

We hiked in the AM, only vehicle in the dirt lot, easy trail through the woods, some mud, not bad. Lots of elk evidence, the point is amazing, highly recommend.

We did this hike with two nights at the Indian Garden backcountry campground. First day was South Kaibab to Tonto to camp. Second day, we hiked down into the canyon via Bright Angel and back to camp. Third day, we hiked from camp to the Bright Angel trailhead. I highly recommend spending some time down in the canyon if possible!! Walk in permits are available, so give that a shot if you weren’t able to apply for the lottery.

Don’t let the small amount of snow or minor exposure steer you away from this beautiful hike! My girlfriend and I started just before 1 pm, and it was about 45 degrees. A couple hours later down in the canyon, the temperature rose about 20 degrees. Coming from CO, the Grand Canyon was a whole new world for us, and we cannot wait to visit this environment again. I would guess a month from now would be ideal for temps. It’s a little cold now, but it will be better in April. What goes down must come up!?

Gorgeous views of the Grand Canyon that are infinitely less crowded than the drive and park or shuttle viewpoints. Easily marked dirt path to follow with level ground throughout until you get to the rock point itself. Was here late February/early March and there was still snow on the ground which made parts of the path wet and muddy. Plenty of shade and what made this trail even more unique was getting to view (from a safe distance) a herd of elk passing through.

The middle half from Skeleton Point - Tip Off - Skeleton Point is the best part -- trail traffic drops after most people turn around at Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point. Took our time and finished in seven hours (three down, one resting at the Tip Off shelter, three back up)

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