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South Kaibab Trail

Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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One of the two superhighways into the Canyon, the other being the Bright Angel Trail, this path runs along a ridge offering stunning views. During the summer, visitors are advised to bring at least two quarts of water along because it can get very hot and the trail offers no shade.
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  • Average1%
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Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Reviewed 3 days ago

GC up close. One of the best experience, though we only hiked till Cedar Ridge but we think it gave us enough experience for a lifetime. Love the view at Ooh Aah point & cedar ridge. It is as good as it looks from the...More

Thank Jia Huey L
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The most popular trails to the Colorado river from the south rim of the Grand Canyon are the Bright Angel and the S. Kaibab. The S. Kaibab is the steeper of the two which is why it is my pick for the downhill leg of...More

Thank Dan O
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We hiked with our kids ages 10 and 14 to the Oooh Ahhh point. Going down was actually more difficult than going up for us. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be regarding the drop offs and heights. We hiked around 8:30...More

Thank nikolaik
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hiked the Kaibab trail in July to the second view point of Cedar Ridge which is approx 3 miles roundtrip. We started right after watching the sunrise and catching the shuttle (between 6:30-7ish) in order to avoid HEAT and crowds... I can't emphasize enough...More

Thank Kori W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband, 9 year old son, and I began the climb down the trail around 8:00am. We were there in an overcast day with temps in the 70s. I would suggest starting earlier if it is a warm day. Walking down the trail is easy...More

Thank Angela S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have made several Rim-to-rim-to rim hikes! The beautiful sunrises we have witnessed a the views of the Colorado River and the cliffs while hiking this trail, are best captured in person...not on a digital image (picture)! Grab a gallon of water...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The lack of a parking lot at the trailhead makes this trail much less traveled than the crowded Bright Angel Trail. We parked at the next overlook and walked to the trailhead. I think this trail offers better views that are more diverse than Bright...More

Thank Jon C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked down the South Kiabab trail starting at 6am and were able to watch the sun rise over the canyon. It was amazing! This is the steeper of the south rim trails. I have hiked to the bottom of this twice, but up it...More

Thank SuperDrDavey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we only went down to the first rest stop. but it was worth every step. Take hiking poles! you can rent them at the village in the general store

Thank jmwd83
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took this trail down into the canyon to phantom ranch. No water available and little shade, start early! You are descending into a hotter place as the day progresses so plan accordingly. The wind feels like a hairdryer! Footing was solid and trail well...More

Thank tami2525
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Saptaparni G
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Haley F | Reviewed this property |
We left from the SK trailhead at 6:06 AM and arrived at oh ah point at 6:28. We were not walking fast,I'd estimate maybe 2mph. In regards to how long it takes to come back up: A good time of thumb to follow is it takes... More
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Jennifer A
April 28, 2018|
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Response from tandmgroup | Reviewed this property |
Hello! We parked at the visitor center and took the free shuttle to be entrance of the trail. It should say the trail names st the signs where the lines are at for waiting. It was definitely warmer the farther down the... More
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Christine M
April 8, 2018|
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Response from OntarioCanuck1 | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, no need for a tour. As above u cannot park at trailhead but easy free buses from free parking to start. It will be HOT in July so take water, try to go in early morning, be realistic about how far u are going... More
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