jpamusher`s travel pix - 83 - Grand Canyon Part 1

Photos from the first part of my Sept 2012 backpacking below the rim in Grand Canyon. This part of the hike took me down the Hermit Trail to a camp at Hermit Creek thence on further down to the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon Part 1

Santa Maria shelter
Santa Maria shelter
A few miles down from the Hermit`s Rest trailhead,the rock shelter at Santa Maria spring is reached. It can be seen here from a vantage point higher up on the Hermit trail.
Santa Maria shelter
Santa Maria shelter
I rested here for a bit and filled up from the spring outside. A large planter in front of the shelter provides privacy and shade.
Santa Maria shelter planter
Santa Maria shelter planter

The Hermit trail
The Hermit trail
trail descends deeper into the Grand Canyon. It is about 7 miles from the South Rim to the Hermit Creek campsite and another mile down to the Colorado River.
continuing down the Hermit Trail
continuing down the Hermit Trail
one of my first glimpses of the Colorado River as I descended the Hermit Trail
Hermit Creek
Hermit Creek
my camp for night 1. This was a secluded part of the creek upstream from the campsite.
cascade on Hermit Creek
cascade on Hermit Creek

rock pool
rock pool
someone piled up rocks to dam a section of Hermit Creek and create a small swimming hole. Rather refreshing as it was close to 90 F
Hermit Rapids on Colorado River
Hermit Rapids on Colorado River
I bushwacked down the mile long trail from the campsite to reach the Colorado River. This is a powerful rapid!
Hermit Beach
Hermit Beach
relaxed here in the warm sun for about an hour.

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