Hermit Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 8.6 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
12,235 Steps 1  (5.5 mi)

The Hermit Trail is a steep, rocky and unmaintained trail with a lot of switchbacks. There are no water facilities on the trail, but you can fill-up at Hermit's Rest before your hike.

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The Hermit Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,628 ft (2,020 m), a minimum elevation of 4,378 ft (1,334 m), and an elevation range of 2,250 ft (686 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,2355.5 mi4,378 ft6,628 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.4 hrs3.036 ft2,283 ft
[ B to A ]
3.3 hrs190.22,283 ft36 ft

What is the length of the Hermit Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) or 12,235 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Hermit Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.3 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Hermit 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Havasupai Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Piute Point, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Metzger Tank, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ

Is there a Hermit trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Hermit Trail is located on the Grand Canyon topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.