Grand Canyon National Park
Thursday we boarded the bus that took us to Hermits Rest. Hermit Road, is a 7 mile scenic drive used by shuttle buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians...no cars. Our goal was to walk the 7.8 miles back to the GC Village.
Louis Boucher, nick-named "the Hermit", was an immigrant from Canada. He was a part-time prospector and full-time tourist guide who operated crude overnight camps below Hermits Rest. "the Hermit" came to the Canyon around 1889 and mined copper until 1912. He called his mule Calamity Jane.
Road builders of the 1930s placed narrow pullouts at overlooks for viewing along Hermits Road. Although Hermit Road was reconstructed in 2008, today's drive is essentially the same as the one completed in 1935. Park services began improving the foot-path back in the 1930s and continue today.
Another 1.7 miles to Monument Creek Vista. This part of the foot-path is a paved greenway trail...bicycle and handicapped friendly.
For the next 3.1 miles we passed The Abyss, Mohave Point, Hopi Point and arrived at Powell Point all on an unpaved trail.
A view of the rapids at Monument Creek Vista.
In the picture below, we had a spectacular easterly view of Dana Butte with Granite Rapids visible...if you look close...at Hopi Point.