- The Boucher Trail begins at Hermits Rest on the South Rim and leads ten and a half miles northwestward to Boucher Rapids on the Colorado River. This route is not well maintained or well used. A section through the middle of it is extremely exposed and is dangerous to winter hikers. Use extreme caution when hiking the Boucher Trail. Beginners are encouraged to test their skills on an easier Rim to River trail before attempting this route.
Begin this hike from the end of West Rim Drive at Hermits Rest. The trail leads southwestward at the start. It descends through the upper stratum of the canyon along a meticulously carved stairway. The trail work along the upper section of this trail is a testament to the long hours in the hot sun that were spent creating it in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Slightly less than a mile and a half from the trailhead this route reaches the Waldron Trail. Waldron leads southward toward Horsethief Tank. At this junction follow the Hermit Trail to the right as it continues southwestward for a short distance. It soon turns sharply northward to meet the Dripping Springs Trail. At this junction turn left on to the Dripping Springs Trail and begin contouring the head of Hermit Canyon. In one mile the trail reaches a junction with the Boucher Trail. Turn right at this junction and follow the Boucher Trail northward.
The Boucher Trail follows the western wall of Hermit canyon. The track leads along the Supai Formation past a number of very exposed areas. Hikers should pay great attention to their footing through this two and a half miles. The view of the Hermit Drainage is fantastic along this exposed portion of trail. The trail veers slightly westward along the canyon wall and reaches contours around Yuma Point before descending through the Supai sandstone.
At the top of this descent you've hiked nearly six miles from Hermits Rest. The tread descends 900 feet from this point into Tavertine Canyon. It then crosses the canyon and contours the western wall for a half mile to a flat area south of Whites Butte. The route then follows a drainage immediately west of Whites Butte to a junction with the Tonto Trail. At this junction turn left to follow the Boucher Trail. This junction should be well marked.
One half mile from the Tonto Trail junction is Boucher Creek. You'll find camping sites at this junction and a reliable water source. The Boucher Trail continues northeastward (right) along Boucher Creek from this junction for one and a half miles to the Colorado River.
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