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Take a backpacking tour into the heart of Grand Canyon and immerse yourself in one of the natural wonders of the world. At 277 miles long, 6000 feet deep and up to 18 miles wide, the scale is simply stunning. Most visitors never get beyond the rim, and that’s a shame since to truly experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon you need to hike down into it and spend a couple nights insidea. On this guided tour, we’ll do just that.
The Hermit to Bright Angel route is one of the more secluded in Grand Canyon, and for that reason it is without a doubt one of the favorites of both our guides and clients. This hike covers over 30 miles in 4 days of walking, but amazingly it has the least amount of elevation gain and loss per mile of all of our backpacking tours.
We’ll start with one night in a comfortable lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon where you’ll meet your guides, get outfitted, and talk about the adventure to come. Then from the Hermit Trailhead at the western end of the main corridor, we step into the Grand Canyon for an exceptional journey spending 4 days and 3 nights on the trail.
The rush of the modern world falls away as you descend into Grand Canyon; the river threads its way below you as the rim rises above. Days will start with breakfast at our hotel, or at the campground prepared by your guides, which gives us the energy needed for the day ahead. Then we’ll be out on the trail exploring the wonderful landscapes the Grand Canyon has to offer. Each morning you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hikes around 4 pm, giving you time to relax or explore the creeks and side canyons near our campsites. The Grand Canyon is particularly well suited to fall, winter, and spring hikes. Colder weather at the rim is ideal for hiking, and warmer temperatures near the bottom are comfortable without the overwhelming heat the region experiences in the summer. Temperatures at the bottom of the canyon are typically 25-30 degrees warmer than at the rim, so we can enjoy cool days for hiking and comfortable evenings at camp.
Grand Canyon Village – After arriving in Phoenix, rent a car or we can help arrange a shuttle service to pick you up and drive north through Arizona’s surprisingly varied landscape to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend your first night at the rim at one of the comfortable hotels in Grand Canyon Village and enjoy a wonderful dinner at their classy restaurant where your guides will meet you to talk about your backpacking tour.
Hermit Creek Camp– We’ll start with a brief shuttle to the western end of the park’s main corridor where we’ll find the Hermit Trailhead and begin our trek down into Grand Canyon. We’ll get expansive views from Lookout Point before descending Cathedral Stairs and heading west on the Tonto Platform. This wide plateau marks the top of the inner gorge and is composed of shale, limestone, and sandstone layers. At 2,980′ in elevation, perennial Hermit Creek has cut a beautiful side canyon into these layers making for a perfect scenic place to spend our first night below the rim.
Monument Creek Camp – This morning we’ll pick up the Tonto Trail and track east under Cope Butte in the Redwall Formation. The hike to this camp is a relatively short and easy 2.5 mile traverse to where the trail intersects Monument Creek. We’ll plan to get here early in the day, and after dropping our full packs and setting up camp we’ll continue on unhindered to the Colorado River. Winding through this sometimes narrow twisting side-canyon is worth every minute of exploration on our way down to the very bottom of Grand Canyon. Here, the last two days of hiking are rewarded with the rush of the Colorado’s power at Granite Rapids; a sound reserved for the relatively few visitors who venture this deep into the park. We may see whitewater rafters or kayakers running this impressive rapid which can be quite thrilling sight in itself! Once we’ve had our fill we’ll hike back up to Monument Creek Camp completing our 4 mile afternoon excursion where we’ll spend a relaxing night.
Indian Garden Camp – After breakfast we’ll break camp early this morning for Indian Garden. Although the hike today is the longest of the trip at about 10.5 miles, it gains little elevation. We’ll traverse our way along the top of the inner gorge around the bases of Dana Butte and the infamous and often-photographed Battleship Butte towering above. Perhaps we’ll take a short detour out to Plateau Point for some of the most spectacular views of the inner canyon before finishing our day at Indian Garden. This camp is set in a lush green riparian corridor shaded by huge cottonwood trees in the heart of Garden Creek. Enjoy a hard-earned dinner prepared by your guides here in one of our favorite places to rest after a full day of adventure and wild scenery.
Grand Canyon Village, Departure – For our final hike of the trip we’ll join the Bright Angel Trail climbing up 3000 feet back to Grand Canyon Village. Topping out of the Grand Canyon at the South Rim after such a journey is a uniquely satisfying experience understood only by those who have been to the very bottom on foot! We should reach the top around noon today at which point you’ll bid your guides farewell. You however, may choose to linger for the afternoon and soak in the views from South Rim before heading on your way to your post-trip destination.