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South Kaibab Trail

Address: Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Phone Number: 520-638-7888
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the two superhighways into the Canyon, the other being the Bright Angel Trail, this path...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Us city slickers walked this from the South Rim to the Ooh ah Point. What should've been a quick descend turned out to be slow and slippery. My wife and kid was clinging to the side wall as they tippy toe'd passed the snowy, slushy beginning part of the trail. Talk about dragging the stick thru the mud. Nevertheless, we... More 

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San Diego CA
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went to the Grand Canyon during the week of Christmas and it was a perfect time of year to go. If you only do one of the trails (this one or Bright Angel) I think this is the best one for views. It did get quite windy at times at the start, but it died down quickly after-- I... More 

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California
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We started at South Kaibab for a Rim to Rim hike. It was beautiful, a long way down (was about 3hours to the river, I believe), and not for those with knee problems. Watching the sky change through the sunrise and seeing the different parts of the canyon as you descend was awesome. Good rule of thumb is it will... More 

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MEDFORD
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a great trail to experience the Grand Canyon. I feel bad for those people who just stop and take pictures of the Canyon... the real pleasure is in actually experiencing the breathtaking beauty of this place. It's not an easy hike but if you are in relatively decent shape, you can make it (at least to Ooh Aah... More 

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Bridgewater, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Did this trek with my son on a very windy December day. We anded up only going as far as Ohh Ahh Point (1.8 mile return trek) as the wind was nasty and bitter cold. The path is well maintained with spectacular views as you descend into the canyon. The trek up is a bit challenging, but we took our... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Not going to kid you, we are a couple in our 50s and work behind a desk all day. It took us 40 minutes to get from the rim to Ooh Aah Point and after some rest, 1 1/2 hours back to the top. Our lungs and knees ached but we made it and it was so worth it. The... More 

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Roseville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Went to Ooh Aah Point. Hiking back up the most difficult. Passed mules. Pretty easy path. Bring water.

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Glendale, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Views are out of this world. We took this trail down into the canyon and the Bright Angel trail back out all on the same day. The Bright Angel trail is easier because its' not very steep. It is longer in distance. The entire hike took about 12 hours and we ended up hiking in the dark on the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I loved this hike... a lot.. Ok, so I crossed the suggested / recommended skeleton point as a point of return for a day hike on this trail and went upto tip off point. It was a total of 8.8 miles of round trip in less than 8 hours. But here are some key points to my benefit. 1. I... More 

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Buenos Aires
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We visited in Thanksgiving, and only make it to Skeleton Point, about 3 hours down and 5 hours back up at a very relaxed pace. This trails has great views (we like it better than Bright Angel Trail) and it is safe.

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