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Basics
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
varies
Elevation Change:
4800 feet
Season:
Hikable year round

Description

The South Kaibab Trail drops from the South Rim down to Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. You can choose from a variety of day hikes by hiking to various points along the trail. Many of the best canyon views are near the start of the trail. The trip all the way to the bottom and back should only be done as an overnight backpacking trip.

The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Access to the trailhead is by shuttle bus. Water is available at the trailhead.

The trail is well defined and quite steep. There is little shade. Mules use this trail.

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Hiking Grand Canyon National Park provides first-hand descriptions and detailed maps for all the developed trails as well as tips on safety, hiking with children, access, and services.

Fully updated and revised, this guide includes short descriptions and maps of seventeen easy day hikes in the Grand Canyon National Park.

Local hiker Bruce Grubbs provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking the Grand Canyon State and enjoying its remarkable vegetation, fascinating animal life, rich history, and breaktaking views.

Length:
(14.2 miles roundtrip to Phantom Ranch)
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
varies
(overnight trip to the bottom and back)
Elevation Change:
4800
Season:
Hikable year round
Additional Details:

Destination Distance (in Miles) Elevation Feet
(Destination)
Services: W = Water; T = Toilet/Restroom; E = Emergency Phone
To Destination Round
Trip
Services Notes
W T E
Ooh-Aah Point .75 1.5 6320 ? ? ? Offers a spectacular view. Great day hike. No sign, point of where trail opens to a WIDE view.
Cedar Ridge 1.5 3 6060 ? X ? Good turn-a-round for first time canyon hikes, causal hikes, and late starters. No water. First hitching rail.
Skeleton Point 3 6 5200 ? ? ? Trail sign, second hitching rail is located after flat stretch on top of ridge. Steeper switchbacks after hitching rail, it is not recommended to go past this point as a day hike.
Tonto Trail Junction 4.4 8.8 4010 ? X ? Not recommended for day hikers. The steep trail conditions and lack of shade can make this a very difficult and dangerous hike.
Tipoff 4.6 9.2 3870 ? ? X
Panorama Point 5 10 3620 ? ? ?
WARNING: Do Not attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day!
Colorado River Bridge 6.3 12.6 2400 Hiking to the river or Phantom Ranch as a day hike is not recommended! The distance, temperature and elevation change cause even the most experienced hikers to have difficulty. This could result in the hiker needing medical help and can result in death.
Phantom Ranch 7.1 14.2 2546


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