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 length of the Dripping Springs Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is 1.6 miles and requires around 56 minutes to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 5,490 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 0.8 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 0.6 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Dripping Springs Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Grand Canyon Topo Map: Download the free Dripping Springs Trail topo map 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.
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