South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

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Grand Canyon National Park

South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,095 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Perfect trail to experience going into the Canyon without going to the bottom. GORGEOUS VIEWS. Going up was a battle but the fact that it was just a short distance up made it bearable. Don’t take any less than 3 bottles of water. Minimal shade.

Great trail

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent! South Kaibab is way better than Bright Angel trail.

2 months ago

Stunning views as you head down the canyon. Don't underestimate this hike as the trek up is a WORKOUT! Bring plenty of water and snacks to refuel.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful views! Definitely a challenging hike that had us feeling a little sore later, but it was so worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

AMAZING VIEWS of the Grand Canyon. I took this trail and then kept going another 1.5 miles to Skelton point. Make sure you have enough time to do this...don’t leave to late in day. But the 3 miles in from the top of the South Rim down to Skeleton Point is so worth it once you see the views of the canyon from this point (also the first spot on this trail when you can finally see the Colorado River!! You need another 3-4 steep miles to get to the actual rivers edge and that takes at least full day or more depending on your ability.

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snow
2 months ago

Started off in the snow, but with only one full day in the park, we were going as far as we could! We planned to get to Ooh Ah point, fully expecting to turn back much sooner. We ended up continuing on to Cedar Ridge. The snow stopped about the time we started & fog somewhat lifted, so we were able to get some amazing photos! The climb back up was a grind, but we did it!!

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muddy
2 months ago

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3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Hiked to Cedar Ridge and had lunch. Once we returned, we took the Ridge trail back to the visitor center. Weather was perfect. Would love to come back to Phantom Ranch

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icy
3 months ago

Premiers 200m glacés, ensuite bonne condition de sentier. Nous reviendrons pour descendre jusqu’a la rivière !

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icy
muddy
4 months ago

Hiked 1.28.20. Beautiful!! We even got passed by mules - loved it! Trail was icy for the first .3 miles then got muddy at times. My favorite trail.

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icy
5 months ago

Beautiful trail completed on 12/29/2019 Use microspikes and enjoy.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful views. Done in July very early and was still very hot. Come prepared with lots of water.

5 months ago

Dung ...dung...dung...dung......dung.... beautiful panoramic views and a good workout. slippery slopes on the way down and exertional on the way back. Full of you guessed it...mule dung.

icy
muddy
no shade
5 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
5 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views. We used crampons and I highly recommend using them- we saw other hikers without them and they were struggling. There is a “bathroom” at Cedar Ridge. Some areas are very steep. Amazing hike, highly recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

The views on this one are spectacular. Enjoy them on the way down because you might be too focused on breathing on the way back up. We are two moderately fit individuals and it took us about 40 minutes to get down and around 50 minutes to get back up with no stops.

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muddy
5 months ago

Did this trail with my family, none of us with alot of recent experience or overly fit but taking our time managed it with ease. We took lots of water and food and stoped for a 45min lunch break at Cedar Ridge. The views the whole way down and up were breathtaking I would absolutely recommend this hike, I plan on coming back and making it all the way to the Colorado river next time.

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rocky
6 months ago

I am a moderate hiker, not new to the game and this was a tough one. The beginning of the hike (or end) is the toughest part with the switch back. Beautiful hike down though. Very high traffic. We went off season and still passed probably 45-50 people. It is a popular route in a popular place to hike, so cannot be surprised. Excellent views at Ooh Ahh, but even better down the trail at the next point in my opinion. Overall excellent trail.

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no shade
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
7 months ago

A must do if you do not have time or energy to go to the Colorado river. 2h return + 1h to take picture and hang out at Cedar ridge which offer a magnificent view at 180

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! I can highly recommend it. Definitely go all the way down to Cedar Ridge - it’s worth it. The views are amazing. It took us 1 hour to go down and a little bit more than 1 hour to walk back.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a great hike. We hike at sunrise to beat the heat. Trail was rocky but manageable with poles - awesome views.

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