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South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
(4.9/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Reward yourself with some of the best views Grand Canyon National Park has to offer by hiking South Kaibab Trail. From the trailhead near Yaki Point to the end of the trail at the Bright Angel Campground, the trail is 11.4 km (7.1 mi) long. With the elevation change of 1,460 m (4,780 ft), the trail is pretty steep and hiking its entirety is generally recommended only to seasoned hikers. Those who go the distance will be rewarded with breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. The trail has little shade and no access to water until you reach the Bright Angel Campground, so dehydration is a serious hazard. It's absolutely essential to bring enough water as well as water purification tablets, because even the water at the camp is not always drinkable. Make South Kaibab Trail a part of your Grand Canyon National Park vacation plans using our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.
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  • We picked SK Trial due to our short visit at the Grand Canyon. It came recommended by hikers as a good spot for sunrise photos. We left our lodge in the village and parked in the main visitors center ...  more »
  • At the beginning of the route, I felt a terrible fear of heights and I was walking by the wall, afraid to look anywhere. But it's worth it! I admire the families with children, that there they have chosen. Be sure to wear covered shoes (enough trainers, although people in sandals too...), the route is not difficult, but it is not easy. We came to Skeleton Point, along the way, Oh Ah Point and Cedar Point. At Cedar Point only. Bring together a lot of water and something to food. I regret that we didn't have time to go down to the River, but it was still there. You have to prepare for the descent into the Canyon is quite other than what we are used to, that is, first we go down and then up. The warning seemed to us funny, but really makes a difference is that our body is accustomed to the fact that after you reach the viewpoint generally return is much easier, and here only the back begins to fight. Us on the way back, she grabbed a large and heavy rain, you have to be careful, because the path quickly it gets very slippery.
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  • After reading many stories in various websites we decided to go down to the Colorado River along the South Kaibab Trail route and go up Bright Angel Trail. Recommendations: 1.-Although you can read like us that young people and normal walking regularly in sport and hiking can easily make this route, is absolutely lying. A good physical preparation, is required once you start to get off, the braking effort can spend Bill. It is not easy or fairly easy. So, although us, preparing us 8 months earlier, Bill gave us. And much... 2.-start it down very early, already to them 7 / 8 am as maximum 3.-Although your idea is download and upload the same day, down with flashlights. You never know if you can lead to injuries you, as we happened to us, we became night in the route of ascent. 4 buy footwear for trekking, truth, spare no brand or quality, as well as good clothes that protect from the Sun. To us we rained (August) and thanks to our recognized branded clothing, dried us almost immediately. 5. on the way down by South Kaibab no water (carry enough) since in the ascent by Bright Angel Trail is not that water sources are so close 6.-take a little salt, if salt, hydrate. Enjoy much, is an experience unique and really worth the penalty. But you have to be really prepared, you can lose a life by any recklessness.
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