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Hiking the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon

Jun 3, 2006  Colorado River
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

Changes in trail colors, vegetation, steep switchbacks, mule trains, rugged beauty, incredible and breathtaking

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Singles, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Phantom Ranch

    My friend and I recently hiked the South Kaibab Trail down to Phantom Ranch on April 27th. The trail is steep and rough due to lots of rain last year and the mules constant use of it, some of the trail is deep steps to go down, hard on your knees but the scenery is breathtaking. It took us 6 hours to hike to Phantom Ranch, we spent the night in a women's dorm, breakfast is at 5 a.m. because of the long hike out of the canyon. It took us 9 hours to get out. It pays to eat a hearty breakfast you will need the energy. Also you need to drink a lot of water, there is no water on the Kaibab trail. I drank 55 oz. on the way down and 90 oz. on the way up. It's 14 miles round trip. There is a bus that takes you to the trailhead. It gets warmer and warmer as you get closer to the bottom. A ranger gives two informative talks, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. One talk was on California Condors and the other on how the Grand Canyon came to be, she was very enthusiastic! The beds are comfortable in the dorms, they are bunkbeds, they also have cabins. Each dorm has 5 sets of bunk beds. Two men's dorms and two women's dorms. They have two choices of meals Steak Dinners eat at 5 p.m. Stew dinners eat at 6:30 p.m. The meals are all served family style and there is plenty to eat. At 8 p.m. they open the dining room for socializing and relaxing. You can purchase beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, candy, postcards down there. Mule riders and hikers all end up there. Some of the campers at Bright Angel Creek stop over for a meal or drink. It's a thrilling experience...One thing, when the mule trains come by, whether they are the pack mules or the mule riders you must get to the inside of the trail so they can pass. Seeing the Colorado River is a joyful experience

  • 2. Ranger Talks

    Wonderful Ranger talks are given down at Phantom Ranch, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

  • 3. Colorado River

    The Colorado River is cold, fast moving, exciting, sometimes you see the rapid river rafters, it's red, it's muddy at times cuts into the canyon and is wonderful to see, camp by the creek, hear the rushing water, it's cold about 46 degrees. Dangerous to try and swim in.