The Dripping Springs Trail is accessed from the Hermit Trail. The first section of this trail is steep, unmaintained and rocky. There is no potable water on the trail, so pack plenty. You can fill up with water at Hermit's Rest.
This hike is strenuous, so take care with your footing. You will know when you're at the start of Dripping Springs; prickly pear and other plants grow in the masses here, an oasis of green will meet you before you actually reach your destination. Please be aware, the trail is below the 'Dragon Flight Corridor', a flight path used by helicopter tours; when the tours are operating, the area is very noisy.
The Dripping Springs Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,490 ft (1,673 m), a minimum elevation of 5,063 ft (1,543 m), and an elevation gain of 4,226 ft (1,288 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Dripping Springs Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|3,686||1.7 mi||5,063 ft||5,490 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|51 min||0.8||4,226 ft||3,284 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|46 min||0.2||3,284 ft||4,226 ft|
The length of the Dripping Springs Trail is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) or 3,686 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Dripping Springs Trail in 51 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 46 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Dripping Springs Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.
Yes, and it's free! The Dripping Springs Trail is located on the Grand Canyon topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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