South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

4.9
#2 of 16 in Trails in Grand Canyon National 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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  • This hike has the best views of the canyon. There are multiple stopping points for varying degrees of hikers (ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point) before you get to the bottom. We caught the...  more »
  • We went 3 miles down to Skeleton and 3 miles back up. We stopped to rest at Ooh Ahh but kept going down. We got to see the mules do their thing up and down the trail. It was a great workout especially...  more »
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