South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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. Our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner makes visiting South Kaibab Trail and other Grand Canyon National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I think this is the BIGGEST MUST to do while at The Grand Canyon. Fair warning: 1) you can't park at the South Kaibab Trail you have to park on the east rim road outside of the Yaki road. 2) soo...  more »
  • On 5-Apr-2021, we started hiking down on the South Kaibab trail at 6:15 AM and got back up via Bright Angel trail at 7:30 PM on the same day. Hike down took 4.5 hours and hike up took 8 hours(3 hours....  more »
  • WOW! Our goal was to make it to “Skeleton Point” and we made it! It is 3 miles down with a round trip of 6 miles. We stopped at Ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge point (bathrooms) and then Skeleton Point...  more »
  • Great trail for backpacking and views to get to the bottom. Well maintained and steep, but doable with lots of log steps put in.
  • Great hike down to the river
  • Beautiful hike. We hiked down to Skeleton point and you can get a view of the Colorado river from there. Make sure to pack plenty of water. We went down from the start of the trail to Skeleton point back in 4 hours which includes plenty of stops for pictures.
  • Fastest way to hike down to the river. World class views. Bathrooms along the trail but NO water.
  • Awesome hike! Just remember that you have to hike back up. It will be challenging for most people.

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