South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

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South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 3.2 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.

3.2 miles
1223 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running


horseback riding





wild flowers


no dogs

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.

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Took us about 3 hours but could've been done in less time. We took plenty of pictures and just stopped to look around and rest whenever we felt like it. A little more tiring on the way back up especially with the change in altitude but not too strenuous especially if you're a hiker, going down was sometimes hard on the legs. Follow the instructions the rangers distribute and take your time and it will be ok. Definitely a must especially if you're there only for the day.

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Awesome hike with tremendous views of the canyon. Plenty of people during late morning-early afternoon but manageable. Took about 2.5 hours with about a 20 minute break at Cedar Ridge.

15 days ago

Honestly one of the best hikes of my life next to 4 mile trail to Glacier Point in Yosemite. I went in early December and had a perfect 55 degree sunny day :) There was very little snow or ice other than the first few switchbacks at the rim and some of the views of the canyon from this trail were mind bogglingly breathtaking

16 days ago

Hiked this trail on May 5 starting at 3:30 pm. First section to Ooh Aah point is correctly listed as Moderate and second section to Cedar Ridge is correctly labeled Strenuous mostly, in my opinion, due to the uneven terrain. The slope was not too bad. In second section, the trail is often logs that were nailed into the rock alternating with the dips between them from decades of wear. My 6'5" husband could often step from log to log but I had to step over them. Despite this, the trail was worth every step taken. Once you are below the rim, the colors are deeper and richer with each step. Was glad to have poles . Took us one hour down to Cedar Ridge, half hour to sit and enjoy the view, and 1 1/4 hours to return. Plan for double time to return. After Ooh Aah point there were just a few windy spots. Protect your camera!

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Difficult, but manageable. I was a novice hiker, but made it to Ceder Ridge in 1 hour and back in 45 mins. Extremely rewarding.

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