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South Kaibab Trail

Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails
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... more » 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. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Start early in the morning as it gets hot! We walked a little passed Cedar Ridge and really unless you go to the bottom at phantom ranch that is plenty far. Ooh ahh point is a good place to stop for photos but walk further to cedar ridge for a better view. Caution! Going down it seems like no work... More

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful trail although it was rather washed out in places. Start early and see the sunrise!

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Sydney
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44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We hiked all the way to the bottom. It is a steep trail, but the views are excellent all the way. The trail could be maintained a bit better though.

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San Carlos, California
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We hiked the South Kaibab Trail between 9:00-11:30 am and it turned out to be one of our favorites. It's important to go early before it gets hot in the summer. We liked this hike more than Bright Angel Trail, partly because it's less crowded and partly because it has better views. The trail begins with a series of steep... More

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derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our group of 4 travelled down the South Kaibab Trail and up the Bright Angel Trail... in one day. Despite all of the signs warning us not to, and it being mid-July we stupidly did it anyway. We packed about 1 litre of water each, with an extra 1 litre for 'emergencies', (the Bright Angel Trail has water points) as... More

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Allendale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Out of 5 million visitors per year, only 10% venture below the rim. My husband really wanted to hike into the canyon, but I was concerned that my 12 year old and I might not make it out. After some research, we found out about the South Kaibob trail. It is steeper than Bright Angel but has more dramatic vistas.... More

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As the saying goes..."Do not attempt this (canyon ascent/descent) at home," but this trail makes one feel a little at home we found when we visited years ago, with a little more shade, and a coupla' h2o stops. Training is a must, but you will not regret it, as everywhere you look is post card picture perfect.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The trail is really good and interesting to walk--better in my opinion than the Bright Angel Trail--but it is easy to slip. There are a lot of loose stones, just take it slowly. Carry water.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We ran 3.5 miles down the switch backs and back up again. This trail kicked my butt; however, the scenery is so great I didn't even realize I was running. Great place to get a runner's high. Worth it!

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New York City, New York
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A great idea is to be at the start of the trail or one of the lookout points for sunrise, and then walk back along the trail to the main visitors centre. Its a very flat walk with a good path, so great for all fitness levels.

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