South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Reward yourself with some of the best views Grand Canyon National Park has to offer by hiking South Kaibab Trail. From the trailhead near Yaki Point to the end of the trail at the Bright Angel Campground, the trail is 11.4 km (7.1 mi) long. With the elevation change of 1,460 m (4,780 ft), the trail is pretty steep and hiking its entirety is generally recommended only to seasoned hikers. Those who go the distance will be rewarded with breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. The trail has little shade and no access to water until you reach the Bright Angel Campground, so dehydration is a serious hazard. It's absolutely essential to bring enough water as well as water purification tablets, because even the water at the camp is not always drinkable. Our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner makes visiting South Kaibab Trail and other Grand Canyon National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We hiked this trail in December after some snow no while it looked a little sketchy, it was a fantastic hike. Views were better than Bright Angel. Note that you must take the Orange shuttle to get...  more »
  • We had decided to make one long hike instead of a couple of shorter ones. We are so glad we did - the further into the canyon you go, the more rewarding the views. Leave early - it takes about 5...  more »
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  • Great trail for backpacking and views to get to the bottom. Well maintained and steep, but doable with lots of log steps put in.
  • Great hike down to the river

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