Dripping Springs via Dripping Springs and Hermit Trail

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Dripping Springs via Dripping Springs and Hermit Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.3 miles
2,614 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




no dogs

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.

2 months ago

Hiked this in April 2016 and it was my 3rd time to the springs. Along the way there are some spectacular views down the ravines. Once at the springs, I decided to do a loop by continuing on the trail and exit back to the south rim via Eremita Mesa. This will bring you out to the jeep access roads which you can follow back to the shuttle bus stop at the Abyss. Total distance for this loop was 11.3 miles. The last several were a bit tedious as it's mostly flat-ish and view-less walking on the forest service roads. Be forwarned that there are no signs marking your directions or progress mileage after passing Dripping Springs, so you'll need to be aware of your directions on the return if you plan to hike back to Hermit Road this way.

3 months ago

Nice hike. Took us 2 hours there and 3 back including a break for lunch at dripping springs. Nice views throughout and not many other people. Ran into a few on the trail. The springs is not spectacular, but it’s interesting.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A great hike. Wife and I did this hike in September and the temperatures were not too bad. Switchbacks near the rim were the most challenging part of the hike. Once you reach the dripping springs, there is a nice shady area for lunch. Not much shade on this hike, so bring enough water.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice hike very rocky

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

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 drl2250@yahoo.com

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