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South Kaibab Trail

Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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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.
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Along the side road to Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

My husband, baby and I hiked down to Ooh Aah Point. It was icy at the top of the trail but that soon changed to mud, which dried by the time we headed back up. The trail was well maintained with beautiful views.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Standing on the rim, looking down into the Grand Canyon can be daunting for a 50+ woman who does not do alot of hiking. I love to walk, but this. . .this is altogether different than anything I have ever faced. My recommendation: Take a...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We did the round trip trail to the Phantom Ranch by the Colorado. We went down through the South Kaibab Trail and went back up to the south rim by the Bright Angel Trail. There is no water source on the South Kaibab trail, but...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

It was a great hike but very challenging with heavy packs, snow that turned into mud in parts and all downhill! It was a hike everyone should experience.

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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We lucked out - the ice had melted enough for us to be able to hike this great trail.

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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Best trail I've ever hiked, by far. But perhaps I am biased, because I absolutely fell in love with the Grand Canyon all together. We did not make it all the way down to the Colorado River, as we were not adequately prepared, but I...More

Thank CPD16
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Three of us went- one female, 44, two males 45 and 60 years of age. We drove from Sedona to the South Rim in about 2 hours with a stop at Starbucks. We parked in one of the parking lots and took the shuttle to...More

4  Thank AngelSonrisa
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

This trail is a must do if you are visiting the South Rim. You get far enough in to get an incredible view on all sides, but you don't have to pack an overnight pack. Don't be fooled, the walk down can be tiring from...More

2  Thank Glenn R
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We went early Feb. down South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge - only 1.4 miles each way. The first 15-20 mins was very icy at the top plus that's the same trail that the mules travel so it was both trying not to slip on...More

Thank Peggy L
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

I hiked down the South Kaibab Trail in early February with a family member, one of us was very fit and the other not so much but we both had a great time! We got a mid day start because it was freezing that morning....More

Thank lenleigh
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Saptaparni G
11 June 2018|
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Response from Haley F | Reviewed this property |
We left from the SK trailhead at 6:06 AM and arrived at oh ah point at 6:28. We were not walking fast,I'd estimate maybe 2mph. In regards to how long it takes to come back up: A good time of thumb to follow is it takes... More
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Jennifer A
29 April 2018|
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Response from tandmgroup | Reviewed this property |
Hello! We parked at the visitor center and took the free shuttle to be entrance of the trail. It should say the trail names st the signs where the lines are at for waiting. It was definitely warmer the farther down the... More
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Christine M
9 April 2018|
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Response from OntarioCanuck1 | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, no need for a tour. As above u cannot park at trailhead but easy free buses from free parking to start. It will be HOT in July so take water, try to go in early morning, be realistic about how far u are going... More
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