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Dripping Springs

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1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 514' 157 m
Descent: -228' -70 m
High: 5,506' 1,678 m
Low: 5,128' 1,563 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This scenic traverse across the red wall layer to the Dripping Springs cave is still tough going.

Megan W

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Runner Notes

Rocky and steep with very little shade.

Description

Dripping Spring is a worthwhile destination and makes for an enjoyable side run when traveling these parts of the South Rim. From the intersection of the Hermit Trail, the Dripping Springs Trail initially contours over flat ground before dropping steeply into the valley holding the headwaters of Hermit Creek. Starting about five minutes from the intersection, look for fossils of brachiopods, corals, and sponges along the ledges on the north side of the trail. The vegetation here is scrubby provides only limited shade. There are beautiful views of the surrounding walls and peeps into the lower reaches of the canyon. After covering some flatter ground, you'll pass the junction with the Boucher Trail.

Finally, head back towards the alcove where Dripping Spring is housed. This last part of the trail climbs steeply up a side canyon to the base of a huge overhanging sandstone cliff. Here is where the water drips out from above, down into a small pool. The season and nearby rains determine the flow. The overhanging wall provides some shade and makes this a lovely spot for a snack. If the spring is your final destination, retrace your steps back to the Hermit Trail. However, just past the springs is a faint path up the cliffs to the rim- this Dripping Springs Extension Trail is an alternate way to reach the top, but does not lead to Hermit's Rest parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Pinyon, juniper, yucca, prickly pear cactus.

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#15

in South Rim

#287

in Arizona

#8,293

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Hermit Rim from Boucher Trailhead.
Apr 30, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Junction of Hermit Trail and Dripping Springs Trail  (NPS Photo by Michael Quinn)
Jun 17, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Heading out on a Hermit Trail adventure!
Apr 29, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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