The Dripping Springs Trail is one of those Hermit-Waldron trails that most
people access by coming down the Hermit Trail. The actual trailhead is 1.2
miles west of Dripping Springs. The easiest way to reach the actual
trailhead is to drive southwest from Grand Canyon Village on Rowe Well Road and
turn west (right) at the Rowe Well Picnic Area, where you will see a rundown
picnic pavilion. This road quickly turns into Horsethief Trail, which you are allowed to drive
on, but you are not allowed to drive on Old Pasture Wash Road. Park at the
Waldron Trailhead. A high
clearance vehicle is required, but it is not necessary to have four wheel drive
unless it is wet. Be sure you have a detailed map or GPS with topo
software. Total time from the Village to the Waldron Trailhead is anywhere from
thirty minutes to one hour, depending on road conditions. You will then be
required to walk the 3.5 miles on old roads over to the actual trailhead.
The trail descends gently to
the east at first and then begins to go downhill at a more rapid pace. The
trail moves from the south side of the gorge to the north side and eventually
begins a series of wide, sweeping switchbacks down to Dripping Springs, a
perennial water source. The trail heads east out of Dripping Springs and
remains almost level past the Boucher Trailhead and eventually reaches the
Hermit Trail. A favorite day hike for many people is to come down the
Hermit Trail, proceed west on the Dripping Springs Trail until reaching Dripping
Springs, and then backtrack to Hermits Rest.
Click here for a trip report on this trail.
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