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Hermit to Monument Creek



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Adventure Details

Our Hermit Creek/Monument Creek hike is the perfect hike if you have backpacked before or are already in great shape and want to experience the canyon in solitude. This 3 or 4 day goes in and out on the Hermits Rest trail staying at either or both the Hermit Creek Campground and/or the Monument Creek Campground. This hike will consist of 20-25 miles and will take you to some of the best lookout points and secluded campsites that the canyon has to offer.


Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:

Upon arrival to the South Rim you start hiking the Hermit trail, a trail constructed in 1911 by the Santa Fe Railroad, to give people access to the Colorado River. On our roughly 8-9 mile hike to camp, depending on permit availability, we will see spectacular views of Hermit Canyon. As we traverse above the Redwall, before we drop down to the tonto platform, we will see little, sporadic glimpses of the Colorado River and what tomorrow has in store. After getting onto the tonto platform we have a flatter hike to camp along either Hermit or Monument Creek. Either camp we stay at feels after descending 3,700 feet and soak those sore feet in the water.

Hermit TH to Hermit Creek 8.2 Miles 3700 feet loss

Hermit TH to Monument Creek 9.3 Miles 3700 feet loss

Day 2:

After a relaxing morning we head to the Colorado River. While hiking past vast views of the Grand Canyon and the 160 foot sandstone Monument we descend into the dry creek bed of Monument Creek. Hiking on the tonto plateau and in the dry creek bed of Monument Creek the descent of 700 feet almost feels flat compared to yesterday. As the walls get higher as we get closer to the river the water from monument creek pops back up. As we walk along the water we start to hear the loud rumbling of Granite Rapids. As we are about to see the Colorado up and closer for the first time our guide turns out of the creek bed and takes us to a secluded camping area we will stay at for the night.

Hermit Creek to Granite Rapids 4.6 Miles 700 feet loss

Monument Creek to Granite Rapids 1.6 miles

Day 3:

After yet another relaxing morning we head back up trail to break the ascent into two days.

Granite Rapids to Hermit Creek 4.6 Miles 1600 feet gain

Granite Rapids to Monument Creek 1.6 miles 700 feet gain.

Day 4:

After two relaxing mornings it feels good to e on the trail early to beat the heat. As we climb up the Hermit trail we are shaded and the temps are cool. As we get closer to the Rim we are sporadically in the sun but it feels good. The trail is less crowded than one of the main trails so it is hard to know when we are close the Rim. With the cooler temps and our 4th day on the trail you will be surprised with the times it takes to go up the Hermit Trail.

Hermit TH to Monument Creek 9.3 Miles 3700 feet loss

Monument Creek to Hermit TH 9.3 Miles 3700 feet gain

***Due to permit availability, the specified itinerary and route maybe different.

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Transportation from Scottsdale Hotel Partner Included

  • From:

    $975 – $1097

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate – Advanced

  • Mileage:

    20 – 25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    4000 – 6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    Year Round

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked no less that 4 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards

  • From:

    $975 – $1097

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate – Advanced

  • Mileage:

    20 – 25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    4000 – 6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    Year Round

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked no less that 4 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards

What to Bring

Our camping and hiking trips include all pro-quality gear, meals required for your adventure. This includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking supplies, trekking poles, and daypacks and/or backpacks. We are happy to accommodate food allergies and most dietary restrictions. Please include your preferences in your Registration Form so that we can prepare accordingly.

Gear Included

Discovery Treks tours are all inclusive tours which include:
  • All meals from lunch day 1 through lunch day 4
  • An experienced Wilderness First Responder Certified Grand Canyon Backpacking Guide
  • Transportation From Scottsdale
  • Necessary pro-quality backpacking gear including 65 - 75L Osprey backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, double occupancy tent (Single tent upgrade available for $50)
  • All permits and fees

  • From:

    $975 – $1097

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate – Advanced

  • Mileage:

    20 – 25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    4000 – 6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    Year Round

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked no less that 4 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards

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  • From:

    $975 – $1097

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate – Advanced

  • Mileage:

    20 – 25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    4000 – 6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    Year Round

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked no less that 4 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards