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“Best views in the canyon” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Kaibab Trail

South Kaibab Trail
Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
928-638-7888
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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.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Best views in the canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Constructed by the NPS to take advantage of the views, this is a spectacular trail. If you have limited time, hike down to Cedar Ridge (1.5 miles each way). Carry water and snacks. The trail is steep but well maintained.

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Columbus, Ohio
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“Hot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Great views! Quickest hike to the bottom! Look for big horned sheep! Just because it is a shorter trail, don't forget plenty of water. There are not many shady spots along the way!

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“Steep but best views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Really steep trail - recommend poles for downhill & skip this trail if the wind/gusts are high. Definitely enjoyed the view from this trail more than Bright Angel & will do it again. Warning - no water on trail - also no shade. Watch out for this trail in Summer - hotter with fewer amenities/comforts.

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Bellevue, Washington
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“4 hours hike to skeleton point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

You can't hike to the colorado river in 1 day but you can hike to the skeleton point where you can see the colorado river. The way is downhill which adds mental stress of knowing it will be hard hiking back up. It took me 1.5hours hiking up from skeleton point back to the trail head. Falling off the cliff can be fatal. No water supply on the way

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“Spectacular views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Almost from the very start you get spectacular views of the canyon. Every switchback offers a new angle and great photo ops. Be prepared with enough food and water-even if just doing a day hike...you need the fuel to have energy for the hike back up. We went about half a mile or so past cedar ridge point and you are out in what seems the middle of the canyon...well worth the extra effort but not overly stressful. I highly recommend these few extra steps....plus it gives you time to process all the water you drank at your Cedar Ridge break and make a last potty break when you return to Cedar Ridge before making it the rest of the way to the top. We also stopped frequently but very briefly on the way down to admire the views but we did all our picture taking on the way back up...it was a great excuse to take lots of much needed breaks without feeling like complete losers for needing so many breaks! :-)

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