South Rim Trails
5,280 feet (1,609 m): Boucher trailhead at junction with the Dripping Springs Trail
2,330 feet (710 m): Boucher Rapid
10.5 miles (16.9 km): Hermit trailhead to Boucher Rapid
9.5 miles (15.3 km): Dripping Springs Trail junction to Boucher Rapid
Washouts and rockslides require some route-finding skill. Hot and dry in summer. Stash water on way in for use on way out. Use instep crampons in winter.
Part-time hermit Louis Boucher first came to the canyon in 1891 and soon began guiding tourists and prospecting for mineral deposits. He built a camp at Dripping Springs and a cabin near his copper mine in Boucher Canyon where he planted an orchard of 75 fruit trees. Remains of the cabin are still visible on the east side of Boucher Creek.