Can you go part way down this trail and back and have a good hike? I am 55 and hike a few miles (2 hrs) each weekend in my local hills but I do not want to over do it.
Absolutely. Try going down to Cedar Ridge, it's about 1.5 miles down. A person of average fitness should have no trouble with it. Do remember to bring water with you.
If you hike regularly this will be amazing for you. I suspect you can easily make it to the second viewpoint. We only went to Ooh Aah due to our fitness level is low and we are not used to elevation. We needed over an hour to get back out. If you go in winter purchase crampons and use trekking poles. Take lots of water even though it doesn’t seem hot.
There are several named potential turn-around points of which Ooh-Aah Point is the first.
Just hike down to Ooh-Aah Point and back up to the South Kaibab trailhead the first time you try this.
And do your hike early in the day and not in the mid day or afternoon if you're hiking during the high Sun time/ high heat time of the year.
No water on the South Kaibab trail!
Yes, you can easily go down to Cedar Ridge point and back! There are some nice views from both ooh-aah and Cedar Ridge points!
You’ll definitely enjoy it.
But I wouldn’t advise go more down as you need energy to get back !
Sure. You will enjoy very much the views and sunshine. Remember the bring water and a trekking pole since the steps somehow get a bit irregular after passing the Ooh Aah Point. Enjoy.
Definitely!! You can go down as far as you like, it’s all a beautiful hike down into the canyon, great views all around!!
Yes, definitely. Even if you turn around at Ooh Ah point you’d get a great view. I’d say just know your limits; better to turn around then push your limits. Plenty of great views still on the upper and mid parts of the trail. Take your time and bring plenty of water and snacks.
Sure thing just hike your pace. It is steep and I’m 64 just enjoy yourself and use trekking poles. Ooh Ahh is a mile from rim and Cedar Ridge around two miles. It could be icy till end of March or mid April on top switch backs. This is a great trail to view the size of canyon however you won’t get a view of the river till Skeleton Point. You will be glad you did it.
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