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Dripping Springs

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This scenic traverse across the red wall layer to the Dripping Springs cave is still tough going.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Point to Point

5,506' 1,678 m

High

5,128' 1,563 m

Low

514' 157 m

Up

228' 70 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Dripping Spring is a worthwhile destination and makes for an enjoyable side hike when traveling these parts of the South Rim. From the intersection of the Hermit Trail, the Dripping Springs Trail initially contours over flat ground before dropping steeply into the valley holding the headwaters of Hermit Creek. Starting about five minutes from the intersection, look for fossils of brachiopods, corals, and sponges along the ledges on the north side of the trail. The vegetation here is scrubby provides only limited shade. There are beautiful views of the surrounding walls and peeps into the lower reaches of the canyon. After covering some flatter ground, you'll pass the junction with the Boucher Trail.

Finally, head back towards the alcove where Dripping Spring is housed. This last part of the trail climbs steeply up a side canyon to the base of a huge overhanging sandstone cliff. Here is where the water drips out from above, down into a small pool. The season and nearby rains determine the flow. The overhanging wall provides some shade and makes this a lovely spot for a snack. If the spring is your final destination, retrace your steps back to the Hermit Trail. However, just past the springs is a faint path up the cliffs to the rim- this Dripping Springs Extension Trail is an alternate way to reach the top, but does not lead to Hermit's Rest parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Pinyon, juniper, yucca, prickly pear cactus.

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  4.0 from 5 votes

#15

in South Rim

#9806

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#15

in South Rim

#334

in Arizona

#9,806

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Hermit Rim from Boucher Trailhead.
Apr 30, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Heading out on a Hermit Trail adventure!
Apr 29, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Junction of Hermit Trail and Dripping Springs Trail  (NPS Photo by Michael Quinn)
Jun 17, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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Jan 5, 2020
Percival Xu
5mi — 5h 49m
Apr 2, 2019
Chris McCloud
Beautiful hike in afternoon light to the source of Hermit Creek.
May 7, 2018
Matt Hage
Very warm with little shade — 2h 00m
Apr 15, 2018
Taylor Coull
you start on hermits trail. the path is well marked once you get into the canyon. plenty of signs telling you wich way the trails go. As everyone s… 6.5mi
Jul 30, 2017
Buck Pate
Nov 17, 2014
Sam Haralson