I just recently applied for a backcountry permit for the corridor trails of the Grand Canyon and was unfortunately denied due to the popularity of this trek at this time of year (I'm from North Carolina).
After speaking with a ranger I found out that Hermit Creek campground was available for the two nights that I will be in the area. Thankfully, today I received confirmation that I have a reservation for two nights at Hermit Creek campground during the last week of October.
I have never been to the Grand Canyon and have no experience hiking in the canyon. My plan is to hike from Hermit's Rest to Hermit Creek the first day, hang my pack and secure my food and make the trek to the rapids for a few shots at the Colorado River before heading back to camp and posting up for the night.
My goal is to make it to the Colorado the first day after I drop my pack so that I may be able to day hike to the monument at Monument Creek the second day, returning again to Hermit Creek.
Any of you experienced canyon hikers have any suggestions or reservations to this itinerary? Although my original plan was to hike the corridor, the more I read and learn about the Hermit's Creek area, the more rewarding I feel that it will be. And, yes, I will be solo hiking and have read some of your posts to others about solo hiking in the corridor. Thanks for any advice and/or tips in advance.