South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Day hike to the mule hitching post at Cedar Ridge is 3 miles (round trip). Best views for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, no water, little shade. Water available seasonally at the trailhead. Upper portion of the trail may be extremely icy in winter or early spring and in summer months watch out for thunderstorms. This is the only trail at Grand Canyon National Park that holds true to a ridgeline descent. This trail is also the quickest way to the bottom. The trail begins with a series of tight switchbacks. After these initial switchbacks, the trail traverses below Yaki Point to Ooh Ah Point (the first panoramic view of the canyon). From Ooh Ah Point on, the trail follows the top of a ridgeline and is consequently without shade. Several broad and steeply plunging switchbacks later, hikers reach Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail was constructed to bypass Ralph Cameron's Bright Angel Trail. Cameron, who owned the Bright Angel Trail and charged a toll to those using it, fought dozens of legal battles over several decades to maintain his personal business rights. These legal battles inspired the Santa Fe Railroad to build its own alternative trail, the Hermit Trail, beginning in 1911 before the National Park Service went on to build the South Kaibab Trail beginning in 1924. In this way, Cameron inadvertently contributed to the greater network of trails currently available for use by canyon visitors. Mileages Rim (7260 ft / 2213 m) to Cedar Ridge (6120 ft / 1865 m): 1.5 mi. Cedar Ridge (6120 ft / 1865 m) to Skeleton Point (5220 ft / 1591 m): 1.5 mi. Skeleton Point (5220 ft / 1591 m) to the Tipoff (4000 ft / 1219 m): 1.4 mi. Tipoff (4000 ft / 1219 m) to Bright Angel Campground (2480 ft / 756 m): 2.6 mi. Rim (7260 ft / 2213 m) to Bright Angel Campground (2480 ft / 756 m): 7.0 mi.
Muddy in mid-February but still had great views at Ooh-Ahh point. Not that strenuous- I think it's about 1 hour down and two hours up!
We were there in June. Make sure to bring lots of water(nowhere to replenish on the trail) and salty snacks. The view is steeper and better than bright angle trail. Plan your hike accordingly, as it would take almost 3 times the strength to come back up.
Hiked with my wife and 2 year old daughter who was on my back. Left at 6AM on a clear August day which made it very cool temperature was. Became more crowded as we descended. Some nervous edges for my wife but doable. Be cautioned that what you walk down, you must eventually walk back up.
Great little hike in December. Little amount of snow up high but dried out quickly. Great temperature around mid to high 40's. Beautiful scenery and incredible view of the Canyon.
we hiked this trail in October. amazing experience. I would recommend layering your clothes because the weather changes drastically during the day.
Awesome hike with spectacular views. Make sure you get all the way down to cedar ridge. Views are really breathtaking. It is a tough uphill climb back. It it's doable if you are in decent shape. I am 59 years old and did it with relatively little difficulty