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South Kaibab Trail
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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.
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We hiked the South Kaibab Trail during the first week of April. We took the 8:00am bus from the visitor's center to the trail. The elk were out that morning and we saw them at the visitors center, on our bus ride, and at the trailhead. We had the trail all to ourselves as we descended the trail, and it was awesome to feel like we had the canyon all to ourselves. We made quite a few stops on the way to Cedar Ridge to enjoy the views and take pictures.

We headed back up the trail after stopping at Cedar Ridge. At first, we were hiking at a pretty fast pace and got winded after a few switchbacks. We stopped to catch our breath, then continued at a slower pace and had no problem after that. I was actually surprised by how easy it was to hike up after I just slowed down. The trail was quite busy as we made our way back to the rim, especially by the time we got back to Ooh Aah Point. Begin this hike early to avoid the crowds.

Be sure to dress in layers for this hike. The temperature was very cool when we started our hike, especially because the trail was shaded on the way to Cedar Ridge. However, the temperature warmed up quickly and it was pretty warm by the time we started heading back up the trail.

Bring lots of water with you for this hike. We always take 2 liters per person for a three hour hike, and we used all of it. There is a bottle filling station at the trailhead, but no place to get water once you head into the canyon.

You also need to bring snacks or a small meal with you. We took cliff bars, apples, chips, and quinoa clusters. Cedar Ridge was a perfect spot to rest and have a snack.

There were toilets at the trailhead and Cedar Ridge. There are no sinks, so be sure to bring wet wipes or hand sanitizer with you.

4  Thank barnet38
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Never having hiked before in my 55 years and being out of shape, I have to admit that I was hesitant about hiking South Kaibab, even just down to Ooh Aah Point which is only about a mile into the canyon. But seeing the Grand Canyon was something that I've always wanted to do and I finally talked my wife into it after 29 years of trying. Admittedly, flying in and out of Vegas might have been the carrot that got her to agree. After all, she's the person who asked "isn't it just a big hole in the ground?"!!!! Regardless of how I persuaded (lured) her to go, I did it, and with our 8 yr old granddaughter (making memories). My granddaughter and I took the 5:00AM Hiker's Express shuttle from the bus stop directly outside of Thunderbird Lodge, where we stayed overnight. I was so glad that we took this early bus. When we started our hike, it was barely 50 degrees and we needed jackets to stay warm. Beautiful hiking weather for someone who's out of shape. Also perfect time to watch the sunrise. We made it to Ooh Aah Point within about 40 mins, stopping for some pics. Also met some nice folks along the way. By the time we started our return up the trail, the sun was shining and we were able to remove our jackets. Still a very enjoyable temperature, even as I was sucking wind on the return trip up the sometime steep trail. Even though we had to make a few extra stops along the return, for Pop Pop to sip some water, we still made it back by around 7:30. If you're going to hike South Kaibab, definitely take the early morning Hiker's Express shuttle (no public parking at this trail head). Also be sure to take water, especially if you're going beyond Ooh Aah Point, as there is no water on the South Kaibab trail. If you are not an avid hiker, are a little out of shape or just want to take a short morning hike, take South Kaibab down to Ooh Aah Point for some great views of the canyon.

2  Thank lschiezzari
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Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited The Grand Canyon on June 29 and decided to hike south Kaibab Trail based on Trip Advisor reviews. Getting to the trail
Head was very easy. We parked at the Grand Canyon visitor center and took the orange line over to the trail head. We started our hike At about 830 am which allowed for some shade along the hike down to Cedar Point. The spots that's weren't shaded were very hot. I would suggest hiking this trail earlier in the day. We each had on a 2L camel back which was the perfect amount. There are restrooms at Cedar point. The hike back up wasn't extremely difficult but the sand does make it slippery. We had hiking poles so this wasn't much of a problem but we did see others struggling that didn't have proper footwear or poles. This trail
Is easy enough for anyone as long as you are prepared.

2  Thank Kellyperrotte88
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

This trail has views that are superior to the Bright Angel trail, and less crowded. Take the Shuttle because there is no public parking at the trail head, at least not during the summer months. The one hour hike down to Cedar Ridge (and another hour back up) is a perfect day hike in Grand Canyon. Start the hike before 8:30 am, and you will be rewarded with shaded sections of the trail.

Thank Cal1990
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Leave early in the morning to avoid heat of the day, enjoy views, bring plenty of water, hat and sun cream. Then enjoy breath taking views and proceed at slow pace.

Thank Laura3214
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