Hermit's Rest Viewpoint to Santa Maria Spring

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Hermit's Rest Viewpoint to Santa Maria Spring is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,735 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike (and my first) at the Grand Canyon! We got started around 9am and finished at 12:45pm. Pretty quick descent with lots of switchbacks and some great canyon views. Hiking poles were very helpful. The trail is rocky but easy to follow and well maintained. We stopped at the Santa Maria spring for some food and rest before starting the ascent. Walk about 100ft past the rest house for a great flat viewing point.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike in mid-February. The weather at the top of the canyon was not ideal, but as we made our way down the rocky trail, the weather improved. Very quiet and secluded, we only saw two other couples. It took us about an hour to get to Maria Spring, and two hours to get back up (with a couple photo ops and beer breaks along the way). We even got to see a triple rainbow as we hiked back to the top!

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rocky, good decend. Minimally maintained, quiet, peaceful hike. Rest house was a good stopping point for us as the temps were going to be 110 plus. Started at 6:00am. The worse part is the 9 stop shuttle service to get to the trail head. No direct routes to the trailhead

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This trail is great if you don't like the crowds of the main trails. You can branch off to a couple locations if 3.5 miles isn't enough for you. The "stairs" are a bit rough, since they aren't maintenanced. However, it's not as bad as I was told. Bring plenty of water or a way to treat the sprig water. I went through 3 liters on this hike.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

A great trail to get away and look at canyon colors in the evening.

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hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017