This rewarding hike is a great first step away from the popular corridor trails and into Grand Canyon’s more rugged backcountry. The route descends from the South Rim on the historic Bright Angel Trail to Havasupai Gardens before merging onto the Tonto Trail for a night in the quiet and secluded Horn Creek. Over the next two days, you’ll travel west along the Tonto Trail, traversing in and out of the many side canyons and being treated to some of the most awe-inspiring views Grand Canyon has to offer. Monument Creek is a beautiful watery oasis with great campsites along the babbling stream. A final night along Hermit Creek offers the opportunity to visit the Colorado River at the mighty Hermit Rapids. A hearty climb out the Hermit Trail on Day 4 will test your endurance while rewarding with stunning views along this exciting route.
*Due to a temporary closure of the Bright Angel Trail from December 1, 2023 through April 14, 2024, this trip will follow a modifed itinerary. We will descend the Hermit Trail to Hermit Creek on Day 1. Day 2 will hike to Monument Creek and the Colorado River at Granite Rapid. Day 3 will return to Hermit Creek and spend the afternoon hiking to the Colorado River at Hermit Rapid. Day 4 will ascend back out the Hermit Trail.