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“Rim to river and back” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Kaibab Trail

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
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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.
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“Rim to river and back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Left at dawn on Good Friday. We were dipping our toes in the river at 9:00 am. Back to the top at 1:30. A truly memorable hike. But we were also well prepared and had trained for it. As the rangers say, we don't recommend trying this. . . .

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“A Beautiful Hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We hopped on the Hikers Express bus early one morning and were dropped off at the trailhead for the South Kaibab Trail. There are steep switchbacks in the beginning and we were in the shade because it was still early (8AM). The veiws were amazingly beautiful. Ooh Ahh Point is fantastic and just a little farther there is an even better un-named view point where we took pictures. We hiked down to Cedar Ridge where there were restrooms. Cedar Ridge is a beautiful plateau that over looks the canyon with plenty of room to spread out. On the way down a mule train passed us and we had to get off the path to let them pass. That was really neat to see and exciting! It did take us a little over double the time to go back up. It is a steep ascent and not being in the best of shape I was winded to say the least. It was 3 miles round trip to Cedar Ridge and worth every step. It was a well maintained trail and I would highly recommend taking it if you are visiting the Grand Canyon!

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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We did this hike in late March, it was about 60 up on the rim. We planned on hiking to Ooh Aah Point but ended up continuing down to Cedar Ridge. This was definitely worth going the extra distance, but Ooh Aah Point to Cedar Ridge is double the vertical distance of the rim to Ooh Aah Point so just be sure you bring plenty of water and be prepared to take it slow. Our group was a range of fitness levels and some people found the hike back up more challenging, it took everyone about 2 hours (give or take about 20 minutes for various group members). The views are amazing, especially from Cedar Ridge.

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“Incredible views...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This trail was suggested to us instead of the Bright Angel Trail, as it apparently got us out into the canyon faster. We caught the Hiker Express bus from the backcountry station and were dropped off at the trailhead.

We spent about an hour hiking down to the restroom facility, then maybe an hour and a half climbing back up. It was quite a climb back up, like doing a set of stairs for hours...

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“South Kaibab Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We loved this trail. Took the shuttle bus to the trail head and hiked a part of the trail. The OOH AHH Point is beautiful and a great spot for photos. Just remember it takes twice as long to get back up and it took you to get down there!!

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