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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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Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked down to Cedar Ridge and back up. A couple of hours, but worth it to get there. Was a great spot to stop and look out over the canyon in both directions. Liked this better than Bright Angel.

Thank LaLiga16
Reviewed yesterday

Couldn't imagine visiting the Grand Canyon and not doing a hike. Catch the free shuttle at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and get off at the So. Kaibab Trailhead. Go early during the summer, as it can get quite hot coming back up the trail...More

Thank Jenice C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We opted for South Kaibab as our destination was Phantom Ranch for a two night stay to make other day hikes. Yes, the Phantom reservation was made a year in advance. We took our time hiking the 7+ miles to PR, it's steep with many...More

Thank Katiedid_5129
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love the Grand Canyon and I loved this trail, though it is quite weathered by so much use so that all the irregularities in it make this a more challenging and taxing hike than merely the distance, elevation change and climate encountered alone would...More

Thank jesse o
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a little more difficult than the Bright Angel trail. Remember to bring water and salty snacks! :)

Thank trm9933
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the 1.8 mile round trip to Ooh Aah point. Going downhill of course was a breeze, but the ascent on the return was much tougher. We did this hike during mid day as we reached the GC late but it was still May...More

Thank Lolita D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked down SK on our way to Phantom Ranch. We chose this trail based on tips from other hikers going in/out of the Canyon. If you decide to use SK, I recommend using for the down vs. up option. The views are spectacular however,...More

Thank TravelAngel101
Reviewed 1 week ago

I definitely underestimated the difficulty of this hike, even after reading quite a few reviews. It was still doable and worth it, but not a breeze. My husband and I are relatively active adults and our kids are 7 & 8. The hike took us...More

6  Thank compton49er
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked the South Kaibab trail to 'Ooh Ah' point. Short hike, but I suggest hiking shoes as opposed to regular tennis shoes to assure good 'footing'. Bring lots of water. The hike to 'Ooh Ah' and back up the canyon took less than 2...More

2  Thank Love2Travel9999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with a few friends (all in our 20's) and it was a great experience. We only hiked to OOH AHH Point, which was great because it was .9 miles to the spot and 2 mile round trip. We only wanted a quick...More

2  Thank Keith M
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Nichole P
I am going with some friends on May 21 and have a few questions. First do you have to pay to hike South Kaibab trail? We are all in our 30's and some what active. we want to see the Canyon but don't want to over do it. do you think the 1.5 hike down and back up is doable for us? any advice is great advice. thanks in advance for your help!
8 May 2017|
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Response from Ann D | Reviewed this property |
You definitely could do the hike down and back. I'm alot older than you - and mother of 7, so don't hesitate to do this adventure. The Grand Canyon charges $30 at its entrance for the park fee - it is good for 7 days. The... More
sabina h
Hey. Plan on going in late May. Does this trail take you all the way down to the river and if so how long does it take?
4 April 2017|
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Response from Dean L | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are an experienced and fit hiker accustomed to this terrain and changes in altitude you should NOT make the round trip to the bottom in one day. The only camping location is at Phantom Ranch (including the Bright... More
We will be visiting in two weeks and are trying to determine if we need crampons or Yak Tracks for traction on ice or snow on the trail. Curious is anyone has thoughts or suggestions on the level of ice/ snow/ traction in early Feb. 2017?
4 February 2017|
Response from JerryR10 | Reviewed this property |
My wife, our 14-1/2 year old son, and I hiked the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails in early January. There was slick ice for the first 1/4 mile of each trail then and is likely true all of this month. We did not have... More