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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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“cedar ridge” (257 reviews)
“ooh aah point” (182 reviews)
“skeleton point” (174 reviews)
Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My friend and I only had time to do a day hike so we decided to go to skeleton point on the south kaibab trail. It's about 6 miles round trip. If you plan on doing this trail, get there by 8:30 or 9 am....More

Thank hamsterippo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well we ( husband in much better shape but slightly overweight 35 yo and 19 yea old teen in good shape And experienced hiker) started our trek down around 9am which is an hour later than expected. We went in with the idea to get...More

Thank emily w
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm 51, and my son is 15. We backpack on the Appalachian Trail, so we are not unfamiliar with hiking. This trail is a challenge for sure, but it can be a lot of fun if you are smart about how you approach it. We...More

Thank Jeep63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I had only one day in the park so just hiked the mile down to ooh aah point and back up - with plenty of photo taking took 1.5 hours roundtrip (the park's advice is for every hour you hike down, budget...More

1  Thank paxa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful; highly recommended. NO water other than the water in YOUR pack. So bring plenty of water with you; no way to get more water until you are all the way down or all the way up to the trail head.

Thank Karwendel52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family of five aged 9-43 did this hike down to the ooh aah point sign. Mile down and a mile back up. Took the orange shuttle to the trail head. Went around 9:30 or 10:00. Part of the trail was in the shade. Make...More

Thank vcedell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The weather was unpredictable but well worth it for the view! Our kids wanted to hike but we weren't prepared so we only walked down a little bit then explored up top. Water and bathroom facilities up top.

Thank Sofia B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unbelievable says it all. My wife, two teenage daughters and I hiked down the 1.4 miles to Cedar Ridge. So glad we did it. It took us 2.5 hours for the round trip hike. Going down wasn't bad, causing a little fatigue on the thighs....More

2  Thank Richie61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail goes down a ridge that extends up from the canyon walls. This means there are numerous vast views of the canyon. The Bright Angel trail is in a gully resulted from erosion, which means the "ooh-aah" views are less frequent - especially infrequent...More

Thank Bryce20993
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did this hike on July 21 to phantom ranch. Caught the shuttle at 5 am and reached the trailhead at 5:30am. It took 5 hours to hike down to phantom ranch. As previously said..NO WATER AND NO SHADE!!! We were prepared but it is...More

Thank tnbiker
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Nichole P
9 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
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
5 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