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South Kaibab Trail

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The Grand Canyon is spectacular to behold, but going below the rim gives you a different appreciation. The South Kaibab Trail is a perfect option for families and for seasoned hikers.

The South Kaibab Trail has specific trail markers every so often, so you can easily go down partway and return when you are ready. Some of the options in one-way distances are Ooh Aah Point 0.9 miles, Cedar Ridge 1.5 miles, Skeleton Point 3.0 miles. You can hike all the way down to Phantom Ranch 7.3 miles or over to Bright Angel Campground. Some head up Bright Angel Trail, which makes 17 miles in total. It is not recommended to do anything beyond Skeleton Point as a day hike.

Directions

Parking is not permitted at the trailhead. The Grand Canyon has three shuttles to facilitate travel around the park. You can park at the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center or other places in Grand Canyon Village and then catch a shuttle there.

For the South Kaibab Trail you want to take the orange Kaibab/Rim Route.

The Grand Canyon view from the top of the trail!

On of the advantages of the South Kaibab Trail is that it isn’t as steep as some of the others that descend into the Grand Canyon. It still has a lot of switchbacks near the beginning.

The views are already spectacular headed down!

The trail then winds around the canyon and with a bit less elevation change.

We saw crows and wildflowers along the way.

At 0.75 miles you arrive at Ooh Aah Point. The views from here are incredible!

Here are a few zoomed in shots.

We had thought about continuing to the next viewpoint Cedar Ridge, but it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up. We decided it was wise for us to head back out of the canyon instead of getting caught in the canyon in heavy rain. Here are a few more of Ooh Aah Point.

Since its was raining the visibility was more limited and misty.

Stats to Ooh Aah Point: Distance – 1.8 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 45-75 minutes 
Elevation gain – 685 feet
Difficulty – Moderate 
Trail – dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-Round (must use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – $35/vehicle for 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No

Stats to Cedar Ridge: Distance – 3.1 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 1 1/2 – 3 hours
Elevation gain – 1,181 feet
Difficulty – Moderate 
Trail – dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead and at Cedar Ridge
Seasons to hike – Year-Round (must use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – $35/vehicle for 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No

Stats to Skeleton Point: Distance – 6.0 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 3-6 hours
Elevation gain – 2,027 feet
Difficulty – Difficult 
Trail – dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead and at Cedar Ridge
Seasons to hike – Year-Round (must use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – $35/vehicle for 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No

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