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    Waldron Trail

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    7.9 km
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    704 m
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    Waldron Trail is a hiking trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon that’s a bit of a hidden gem. Leaving the crowds and traveling along a route that sees far less traffic than most other nearby trails, you’ll still experience the stellar views the Grand Canyon is so famous for. This hike is likely to be rated as moderate for strong hikers and hard for less experienced hikers, so prepare accordingly. Expect light traffic on this route.

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    Route Description for Waldron Trail

    The Waldron Trail is a quiet, less-traveled trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Despite leaving from one of the park’s popular viewpoints, Hermit’s Rest, this hike is far less busy than others nearby. The views are still stunning, though! More casual hikers will find this route to be tough, but more experienced hikers often report finding it to be moderate.

    This route can get rocky and a bit harder to follow in spots because of the relative lack of traffic. Use good boots, bring poles, and consider offline navigation if it’s your first time visiting. As always in the Grand Canyon, bring lots of water, sun protection, and layers for the variable weather conditions.

    From Hermit’s Rest, hike down the canyon wall to where the trail splits. Most hikers will be going right, but you’ll go left. A brief flat section of the trail allows you to catch your breath, but it’s right back to the grind as you climb steep switchbacks up the other side of the canyon. At the top of the rim, look back to soak in the views before retracing your steps.

    Insider Hints for Waldron Trail

    • You can take the shuttle to Hermit’s Rest from the Grand Canyon Village to make getting to the trailhead less of a hassle.

    Getting to the Waldron Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Waldron Trail is at the end of Hermit Road.

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      Out and back

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