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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, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

The trail was was a great chance to see the Grand Canyon from many angles. Very steep and certainly a work out so be prepared. It's all worth it for the views and the experience of the canyon from below.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was our first but definitely not last visit to the Grand Canyon. As others have suggested you should definitely take some trails off the usual beaten path, leave the high crowds and go "below' rim. I am in my mid 50s and the husband is 65. We certainly were not the most physically fit but wanted to see all... More 

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Crane Hill, Alabama
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The South Kaibab trail is a great day hike. The trail is very well maintained even though it is heavily traveled by both hikers and mules. I hiked from the trail head to Skeleton Point. There are several great viewpoints; O - Ah Point, Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point.

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Royalston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The trail views were beautiful. We got a late start at 10 am and it was very hot. We hiked down to where they have restrooms and there were miles there. I forget the name of the viewpoint but it was 1 1/2 miles down. We then went down an additional 1/2 mile to the bottom of a large stone.... More 

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NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We're a couple of older ladies that hiked down to Ooh Ahh point. It was gorgeous. It took us about 40 minutes to reach it and it was well worth the walk. The trail is about 4 feet wide so we felt pretty safe. Take lots of water and be in reasonably good shape and you'll enjoy the hike. The... More 

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Suffolk, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Hiked this trail on way down to the Canyon in May. Take note, there is no water or shade on this trail. Be prepared, make sure you have plenty of water, energy drinks, good hiking food and are prepaid for the heat. It is the quickest way into the inner Canyon but can be testing. It does however have the... More 

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Edwardsville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Do this in the morning if you want to hike in the shade with smaller crowds. We went about a mile and a half down, and there were a lot more people on the way back out. You have to hike down into the canyon at least some when you visit. Don't just stay on the rim and look out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I started our journey to the river at 4:45 am and made it back to the top at 12:45 pm. There are many warnings not to hike to the river in one day, but we trained for this and we are both marathon runners. We also had plenty of water and food, and started VERY early. The... More 

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Great Horkesley, Essex
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I don't like heights and where some of the path edges were missing this was truly terriifying BUT it was a fantastic experience. Only went as far as Ooh Ah Point as we'd started later in the day but that was still amazing. The advice given is that it takes twice as long to go down as to come up... More 

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North Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Not a difficult hike to Cedar Ridge. The guides say 1 hour down, 2 hours back. We took it easy and it took 1 hour down but only 1hr 30 min back.. Strongly recommend you do it early morning when mostly you are in shade and it is less crowded.

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