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South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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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 got a late start on our hike. It was an August afternoon, sunny, and very hot, but we were determined to do a little hiking into the canyon. We took the shuttle from the visitor center to the trail...  more »
  • If I had to choose one to hike of the two main trails of the south rim, this is it. It's steep, the views are amazing. We actually rode up this trail on mules. It was scary at moments only because we ...  more »
  • Hiked down to skeleton point as an afternoon hike. Was amazing. Views get better and better as you go, and end with a great view out over the north rim. Took us 3 hrs - 6mi round trip and ~3k elevatio...  more »