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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%
  • Poor1%
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Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Details: Began at South Kaibab, descended to River, crossed Black Bridge, followed River trail to Silver Bridge, crossed back over and ascended to rim via the Bright Angel trail. Did not actually go to Phantom Ranch. Began our hike at 6:06 AM on 4/28. I...More

Thank Haley F
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent trail. We did South Kaibab + Tonto + Bright Angel and it was moderatly challenging but very doable as a day hike. The views from South Kaibab are possibly even better than the ones from Bright Angel and the descent is not very steep....More

Thank Andrea M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Compared to Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail has a much wider view of the Canyon. There isn't water on the trail so I don't recommend doing the full trail during the summer months, unless you are used to the conditions. You can only get...More

Thank Dev313
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the round trip in one day, started at South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel. We went to the backcountry information center the day prior to talk to the rangers (who are required to advise you not to do it) and go...More

1  Thank B52wife
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail is steep but maintained very well - second time I've hiked up from the bottom of the canyon. Incredible views and good bathroom huts. It took us about 6 hours at a steady pace with temps in the 50's. Only disappointment this time...More

Thank edmondite
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

High yield views by taking this relatively short trail (roughly 3 miles one way from rim to Skeleton Point). Bring plenty of water (2-3L pp round trip). Easy to stop and turn around at any point. Ooh Ahh Point and Cedar Ridge are waypoints if...More

Thank MaineGlobeTrotters
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail is demanding for anyone not used to hiking. It offers spectacular views of the canyon the pain is well worth the gain. Best to start before dawn; temperature rises as you descend.

Thank Nudeflyer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used this on our descent to the river over a three-night backpack. Yes, it's a bit well used, but not like the freeway we call the Bright Angel Trail. Access to the trail is limited; you'll need to take a GC bus or hitch a...More

Thank C_William_L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just wanted to add my review for anyone wondering if this is possible with a small child. We went on a cloudy day as far as Ooh Aah Point and we were fine. We held our little boy's hand tight the whole way down,...More

Thank Harpslady
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are not in great shape. But, we could do this! It's a steep trail and due to the altitude, returning is more strenuous than heading out to the point. Vertical gain is about 800-feet. Best not to hike (up) during the middle of the...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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coachem
March 7, 2018|
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Response from DanielPofMI | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. Try going down to Cedar Ridge, it's about 1.5 miles down. A person of average fitness should have no trouble with it. Do remember to bring water with you.
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