Far below Pima Point, you can see the ruins of historic Hermit Camp. The Santa Fe Railway built Hermit Trail and established the tourist camp here in 1912 to compete with Ralph Cameron’s Bright Angel Trail and Indian Garden camp. Tourists traveled to the camp on mules after taking the train to the village and the stagecoach to Hermits Rest, where the Hermit Trail began.
During its glory days, Hermit Camp offered mule riders well-furnished tent cabins, a dining hall presided over by a Fred Harvey chef, stables, a blacksmith, restrooms, phones, and showers. Operating until 1930, the camp got its supplies via an aerial tramway leading 6,000 feet down from Pima Point. At the time, the tramway was the longest single-span cable system in the world.
© Kathleen Bryant from Moon Grand Canyon, 5th Edition