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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. 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 was our starting point of the trip from the visitor's center. One of the free bus stops here. There is a small cafe and gift shop with restrooms here. The trail was a great start to our... 
    This was our starting point of the trip from the visitor's center. One of the free bus stops here. There is a small cafe and gift shop with restrooms here. The trail was a great start to our...  more »
  • Go potty before you start; bring water and snacks; dress in layers; good shoes a must; camera or phone camera; wear a hat. There are 3 stops on this trail; 1 mile, 1.5 miles, and 3 miles. Do the 1... 
    Go potty before you start; bring water and snacks; dress in layers; good shoes a must; camera or phone camera; wear a hat. There are 3 stops on this trail; 1 mile, 1.5 miles, and 3 miles. Do the 1...  more »
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  • The Kaibab Trail was an amazing hike. I would highly recommend going with a guide if it is your first time. Hiking the Grand Canyon is not like hiking anywhere else. Even avid hikers can become distressed and need assistance. Be safe, take an expert. Drink fluids but also take salty snacks so you don’t get sick. We took over six hour to reach Cedar Ridge and come back. That is 5% of the trail down to the Ranch at the bottom. It is the perfect place to stop, rest and turn around. We hiked in December so layering was appropriate. It started at 29 degrees and got up to the forties. Perfect weather for hiking. I can’t imagine doing it in the heat of summer. The trail was amazing, the views were spectacular! Definitely worth the trip and excursion.
  • Really fun scenic trail. Couple miles shorter than the Bright Angel. There’s a small parking lot at the trailhead but not accessible except for shuttles. You can park on the street a mile away. It’s a good scenic warm up to the hike. There are 2 restrooms. We saw goats n mules

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