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Hermit's Rest Viewpoint to Santa Maria Spring

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Grand Canyon National Park

Hermit's Rest Viewpoint to Santa Maria Spring is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

More difficult than moderate. Very cool to see the different layers & colors as the trail descends.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Hammered this out with my 9 month old in a backpack. Rocky and steep. Thought it was harder going up than bright angel is from the three mile rest house. Great views. Few people. This trail drops the amateurs quick.

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rocky
snow
3 months ago

Wow...loved this trail! Very rocky and difficult lots of elevation change. It’s definitely a difficult hike not moderate. We did good but rested briefly every 100 yards or so on the way back up in the really step places. We are in our late 50s and are in good shape. We hike this trail February 10. Temps were in the low 40s on the rim and mid 50s at the bottom.

hiking
3 months ago

Never disappointed with the view. Took the bus from Grand Canyon village arrived a 7:30 in the morning in the cool of the day and only a few other souls present. Start of my 8 mile hike back to bright angel point

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

This is an awesome trail - can’t wait to come back and do the whole thing. It’s very rustic, very rocky. Quite difficult - more of a climb than a hike. Spectacular views!

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Significant altitude change on this hike, with little/no shade along the trail. Make sure to bring lots of water. The views into the canyon are stunning, especially as you get close to the Santa Maria spring. Fun hike.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

A nice hike, very exposed so don't expect a lot of shade. Bring plenty of water and snacks. We didn't make it all the way to the spring because we had underpacked. Don't make the same mistake!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Une belle randonnée au cœur du Grand Canyon, très très rocheux et escarpée alors si vous êtes plus au moins en forme peut être prévoir un autre sentier. Prévoir un minimum de 2L d’eau pas d’ombre. Une sentier très peu fréquentée alors la grosse paix, presque seul au monde.

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

Great trail for moderate hiking. We took 3 liters of water for two people. I would suggest 4 or 5! The park ranger tried to talk ya out of it and on the way back up I completely understood why! So fun and you feel like super woman when you’re done! Pack electrolytes and go early!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice day hike. Definitely plan for an extra 1.5 hours for the shuttles if you have to take the blue to the red line. You have the trail mostly to yourself and the views are gorgeous. The “spring” wasn’t much when we were there, but it gives us something to shoot for. I am not sure this is 3.5 miles though. The trailhead and our GPS called it 5. Very nice way to spend a morning.

hiking
rocky
Fri May 17 2019

Beautiful view to the canyon. Getting there from the visitor center takes a while (40min), because you need to take blue line and then red line. The hike is more rocky than the bright angel hike, but it's also less crowded. We were slow and it took as 50 min to get to the spring. On the way back we actually went also to Dripping falls (which was also beautiful hike, a bit more exposed, but very small elevation change). the whole hike (Santa Maria spring + Dripping Falls and back) with a lot of rest stops took us 3.5hour. The views are breathtaking. If you want some smaller hike I definitely recommend the Santa Maria Spring!

Tue May 14 2019

Fun hike. Good views. We went early and had the entire trail and end view point to ourselves. Cute hut at the end with the "spring" there is a book inside the hut you can sign. Nice spot on a bluff with a view point at the end to have lunch at. Steep climb out. A bit of trash along the way, someone even left a used pad on the trail...be better people..be better.

Sun Apr 28 2019

Great views but get ready for a tough climb out. Still worth the work!

hiking
rocky
Tue Mar 19 2019

First of all fantastic secluded trail, well worth the wait on the shuttle. Go all the way to the last stop on the red route. Follow the dirt road past the snack shop and trailer homes to get to the trailhead. It took an hour and 25 minutes to go down and an hour and 25 to go back up. The walk down was awkward because of the slanted flat rocks (bring a walking stick if you can). When you reach a fork in the trail, stay right! There are 2 forks you’ll come to, and it’s always a right. The Santa Maria spring you end up at is really just a big sink with water tricking into it, but there’s a cute little house with rocking chairs! The views to get there are amazing, it only gets better as you go down! The last bus is an hour past sunset, so make sure you get back to the top in time, otherwise you’ll be walking 7 miles back to the village. Enjoy!

hiking
Sun Apr 08 2018

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
Mon Feb 19 2018

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
Wed Jun 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

Wed 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
Fri Jul 29 2016

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

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