Waldron Trail

A short hike on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim into the Hermit-Waldron basin, the Waldron Trail is an alternative to the Hermit Trail. Getting to the trailhead simply involves walking 1.2 miles (2 km) down Hermit Trail and deciding that Waldron is a far easier option. Splitting off from Hermit trail, the remaining path extends for barely a mile, making …

Tanner Trail

Tanner Trail is a geological wonder, lying right in the center of the Grand Canyon Supergroup, a collection of complex tilted layers dating back a billion years. These are the oldest deposits on the park, not only drawing attention for their age, but mostly for their nature. Since these layers are the oldest, they are also the most vulnerable to …

Hermit Trail

The Bright Angel Trail was the beginning of many new adventures for the Grand Canyon, including the infamous toll charges. In an effort to bypass the fee, Hermit Trail was constructed, named after the small camp near Hermit Creek, which was used as a stopping point for camping parties in the mid 1920s. Constructed and elaborated by the prospector Dan …

Grandview Trail

Originally built with the intention of providing access to copper mines on Horseshoe Mesa, the Grandview trail was one of the first highly-maintained trails on the South Rim. As such, the trail quickly became a magnet for tourists as it provided visitors with a way into the canyon at a time when such trails didn’t exist. Instead of leading to …

Boucher Trail

The Boucher Trail was created by none other than the man who put “hermit” into Hermit Creek Basin. Well acclimated to Grand Canyon terrain, Louis D. Boucher designed a trail even the seasoned hiker would find challenging. The trailhead is located a quarter of a mile down Hermit’s Rest, accessed via Hermit Road. To bypass the gate enclosing Hermit Road …

A Scenic Tour Along Desert View Drive 

Desert View Drive was constructed to accommodate the growing motor traffic in the early 1930s. Located just inside the park’s eastern gate, the scenic trail hugs the entire south side of the rim for 23 miles (37 km), offering views accessible to drivers as well as hikers. Extending from Mather Point to the Desert View itself, the trail offers year-round …

South Bass Trail

From the moment you set foot on the South Bass Trail, you’ll thank yourself for making a non-traditional decision, Grand Canyon-wise, at least. Once you learn about the unmaintained trails, it’s hard to keep off of t hem. For those who have traveled its path during a snowfall, there are few sights lovelier. The trailhead is in a remote area …

Rim Trail

Rim Trail is an easy-going hike following the South Kaibab trailhead west toward Hermit’s Rest. The trail offers unrestricted views of the inner canyon along a fairly unchallenging pathway. The trail also serves as an introduction to the Grand Canyon’s scenery, offering a sneak peak into it’s all-encompassing beauty. Everything about this trail is easy-breezy. Paved for most of the …

Grand Canyon Trails: Bright Angel

Ever since Ralph Cameron eyed an invisible path into the canyon and toward the Colorado River, the Bright Angle Trail has been the grand prize of a 60-year tug of war. Precisely because of the attention it fostered, it is perhaps the most well-maintained trail on the South Rim. Bright Angel Hike Details Location: South Rim, northeast of the Hermits …