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Hermit Trail, Arizona

   
(...) Hermit trail is in the Grand Canyon! And anyone who thinks it will be in the 70's in summer in the bottom of the Grand Canyon is in for a very unpleasant surprise!  More like 120 degrees and you can die from that heat.  Best hiking time is spring or fall for this trail.  Summer is too dangerous, unless you are used to that broiler-oven desert heat.  You need a permit to hike this trail, and since it is popular with backpackers, you will have to get it 4 months in advance, and it is not free.  If you have never backpacked before they won't issue it to you, either. (...) Says Elizabeth

This backpacking trail has only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to hike it normally. Now this hiking trail is pretty long, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Hermit Trail is 16.8 miles long; it's longer than many great outdoors hiking trails. This backpacking trail has a total elevation difference of 4,438 feet which is a higher than average number. Hermit Trail goes through some very different elevations which of course means you need to be prepared for different conditions on different parts of the great outdoors hiking trail. This area does get very dry sometimes, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Of course, this is an overnight backcountry walk, 2.5 days normally, so it's a fine thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job.


Total in and out hiking length = 16.8 miles

Total climbing distance = 6.8 miles

Difficulty : Difficult

Casual Hiking Pace: 2.5 days

Fast Hiking Pace: 1.5 days

Total elevation difference: 4438 feet
   
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