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. 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'm not a hiker and for me was over the limit. I had to turn back but my family made it. If You want to see more than the parking stops, do it! 
    I'm not a hiker and for me was over the limit. I had to turn back but my family made it. If You want to see more than the parking stops, do it!  more »
  • This was our first walk below the rim and it was excellent. We only went as far as Ooh-ahh point and we enjoyed it and the views. Easy going down but harder up! Great photos. 
    This was our first walk below the rim and it was excellent. We only went as far as Ooh-ahh point and we enjoyed it and the views. Easy going down but harder up! Great photos.  more »
  • The trail is steep with many switchbacks. Not much shade. We decided to hike to Cedar Ridge which is 1.5 miles from the trailhead and drops 1,200’ in elevation. At Cedar Ridge, there is a restroom... 
    The trail is steep with many switchbacks. Not much shade. We decided to hike to Cedar Ridge which is 1.5 miles from the trailhead and drops 1,200’ in elevation. At Cedar Ridge, there is a restroom...  more »
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  • Love this spot of the south side of the Grand Canyon! This section of the rim is awesome during sunset! You can get there by car, shuttle bus, bikes/electric bikes and walking. It wasn't crowded at all when I went with my wife, which made definitely more pleasant. Check it out but be safe!👍
  • Really cool hike down into the canyon. It is steep! Keep an eye out for the mule train coming through. Great views and remember it's all uphill on the way back!
  • Omg. What an experience. I researched diligently but nothing can truly prepare you for the heat. Definitely a learning curve. When they say bring plenty of water they mean plenty. Take the heat SERIOUSLY, it will sneak up on you without warning. Definitely will do again albeit better prepared.
  • Nice to see the canyon from down below. Not too bad to get back up from ooh ahh point. Did have to stop often
  • Awesome - the entire family went including 4, 7, and 9 year-old and made it all the way to Cedar Ridge and back in just over two hours! If you do this in the summer make sure you start early and be on the trail before 8 AM to avoid heat and crowds

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