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Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

Liverpool
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Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

Hey,

We'll be there soon and have just printed off some great info from the following web-site...

http://www.nps.gov/grca/

...but was wondering which direction to go on the shuttle bus? We'll only have time for one direction, and was wondering which one you'd recommend? And why...if you have the time!?

Many thanks.

Wv
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1. Re: Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

Go west towards Hermit's Rest. You can't see that area by car. You can take a car to the east and do that. If time for one, I would still pick west. Since no cars can go that route it is less crowded (although the bus brings its own crowd). Lots of beautiful viewpoints along the way....Maricopa Point, Mohave Point, the Abyss, Hopi Point, Pima Point.

Here's a link to Mohave photos:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Mohave+Point+Grand+Canyon&w=all

A link to Maricopa:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Maricopa+Point+Grand+Canyon&w=all

A link to the Abyss:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=chr-yie8&va=abyss+grand+canyon&sz=all

a link to Hopi:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Hopi+Point+Grand+Canyon&w=all

A link to Pima:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pima+Point+Grand+Canyon&m=text

Hope this helps with the decision making! Either direction will be wonderful!!!

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2. Re: Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

The Grand canyon is over 200 miles long. The park includes about 30 miles of that. Going west towards Hermit's Rest will keep you on the rim with an excellent variety of views into the canyon, all the way to the river and beyond. South Kaibab is a trail that descends down into the canyon, below the rim. The views will be more eastward. Both are worthwhile. You will cover more territory and get a better variety of views by going horizontal on the HR Road or trail as opposed to going vertical on SK.

So use the shuttle to go west. Plan to us your own car to drive the east road to Desert View.

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3. Re: Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

If you're looking to hike a trail Hermit's Rest Trail is a good one also and not crowded at all! You can hike a short way down via the trail to get a feel for below the rim a bit.

The trail head is back past the building itself and is well marked.

Enjoy

SJG

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4. Re: Which sightseeing route...Hermits Rest or Kaibab Trail?

When we visited in april 2008, we stayed 2 nights at Kachina. On our only full day in the canyon, we woke up early and had breakfast and then road the express shuttle to the S. Kaibab trail. My son and I hiked about a mile and a half into the canyon and it was the highlight of our stay. Then we walked along the rim trail until lunch and then hiked the rim and took the shuttle to as many of the sites as we could. At the time, the hermit's rest area was closed which was disappointing to me initially but we hiked until 4:30pm and saw all the open outcropping sites to the left of El Tavor and by then we were ready to call it a day and have an icecream on the rim and then a relaxing dinner at the Arizona Room.

So although I was initially disappointed by the Hermit's Rest closing, it was probably a blessing in disguise because we would have kept going when in reality, what we saw was just perfect. Even relaxing with an icecream on the rim turned into a nice memory because we watched the squirrels, relaxed and soaked in the view and reflected on how we were lucky enough to see California condors the day before when we first arrived.

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