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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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Waterloo, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I only had time to go down to Cedar Ridge and back, but we couldn't have had a better time. The views were incomparable - being on the exposed ridge offered great panoramic vistas. The going may be a little steep for some, and the lack of water may be problem in the summer, but for late... More

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Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We took the Hikers bus at 7am to the trailhead. I was concerned about our fitness level, so we only ventured to Cedar Ridge and back. The trip down took about an hour and 20 minutes and the view from inside the canyon is worth a trip. Actually, Ooh Ahh point would be far enough if you only have an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The South Kaibab trail was a great hike! Once you get past the Ooh Aah Point, it gets less and less crowded on the trail and the 3 mile hike down to Skeleton Point is worth it solely to be able to get your first look of the Colorado River. I always like to have a bit of a workout... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Amazing views, well maintained trail. Can't get lost. Great going down. Wouldn't like to go up though. Slightly slippery surface at top. Use poles for extra stability. Best day ever

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Dover
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Our wifes dropped us off at the visitor's center and we took the orange busline to the trailhead. My buddy and I are both in our 50s and in average shape. We started around 8:30 and hiked all the way to Phantom Ranch in about five and a half hours. The total trail desends about 5,000 feet and is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our family had only one full day here at the canyon, so after reading a few reviews to find the best short hike, I was excited to adventure to this trail. The view is amazing! One of the best hikes I've done, and that's coming from a born and raised Colorado native. It has beauty while also presenting a challenge.... More

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New Delhi, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Beautiful vistas of the canyon. Need to have comfy shoes, so your toes don't get jammed. You are going downhill all the time

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Chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My wife and two kids (16 and 11) hiked to Cedar Ridge and back on March 28. Unbelievable views! A must-do, but preparation is essential. We are fairly experienced hikers and this was our last hike of 6 in Northern Arizona. We loaded up on a big breakfast at El Tovar and then took the 8 am Hiker's Express shuttle... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We took the South Kaibab trail into the canyon to Bright Angle campground. Most of the trail is reasonably well maintained, given that it is also used for mule traffic. It is steep and rugged, but it is very wide as far as backpacking trails go. It is an average of 13% grade with some sections probably at 15%.

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Oklahoma
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24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Trail is VERY steep with lots of switchbacks, but the views at every turn are so worth it. We went to the Ooh Ah Point. Next time we will start earlier and go all the way. Neat to watch the mule trains go up and down, but the smell!! Hang back for a while to let the smell and dust... More

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