It definitely would win a people’s choice award for one of the most FUN rapids to raft in Grand Canyon. Hermit, at river mile 95, is a rapid to write home about.
Hermit Rapid is one of the few rapids in Grand Canyon that is not created by obstructions from debris flows coming out of Hermit Creek side canyon. Instead, this rapid is more about constriction, or the narrowing of the river channel. The roaring Colorado River is constricted, or forced into a narrower section, at this point in the Canyon. The constriction creates pressure, which manifests as waves! The interesting thing about Hermit being formed by constriction rather than obstruction (think: rocks and debris) is that, compared to many other ‘biggie’ Grand Canyon rapids, Hermit is a relatively easy rapid to run in a 35-foot-long motorized raft. (Boatmen have to maneuver around those obstructions in the more techincal rapids to avoid banging up their motors and propellers.) Hermit's 10 consecutive waves are big, the ride is definitely e-ticket and the boatmen can enjoy the ride just as much as the passengers!