Trail Run Project Logo

Waldron

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 59' 18 m
Descent: -1,369' -417 m
High: 6,720' 2,048 m
Low: 5,359' 1,633 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Megan W

This is a connector between the rim's forest roads near Horsethief Tank and the Hermit Basin trails.

Megan W

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

This remote, infrequently used route connects the forest roads south of Hermit's Rest to the Hermit Trail and Dripping Springs trails. Depending on how far you want to drive your car on the dirt roads past Rowe Well Road, you can park closer to Horsethief Tank and begin the trail at a gate. The Waldron Trail is attractive for Grand Canyon aficionados who crave solitude and want to access Hermit Basin using a trail that is gentler on the knees than Hermit Trail.

From the gate, follow the road over a wooded plateau for about 3/4 of a mile to the trailhead for Waldron. Here, take the right-hand fork and descend gently to Horsethief Tank. The views improve as you approach the rim. Switchback steeply down about 1000 feet through the Coconino and Toroweap layers and finally arrive at the flatter terrain of Hermit Basin. After passing through more scrub, the trail ends at the junction with Hermit Trail. Take in the views of Hermit Creek from nearby cliffs.

Flora & Fauna

Cliff roses.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Runner Notes

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 2 votes

#22

in South Rim

#19478

Overall
  3.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
50%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#22

in South Rim

#697

in Arizona

#19,478

Overall
42 Views Last Month
677 Since Jun 15, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
50%
50%
0%
0%

Photos

Wonderful canyon views through this cut in the rim
Jun 16, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Junction of Hermit Trail and Waldron Trail (NPS photo by Michael Quinn)
Jun 17, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running