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 beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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1 day ago

Beautiful views. Hike is quite strenuous on the way up due to the heat

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5 days ago

Fabulous Trail but à little too busy on sunday august 13. Not si hard to practise. Amising vue on cédar ridge. It's Woerth thé hike

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9 days ago

The view is absolutely outstanding and unbelievable. I felt so blessed to have the opportunity to hike this trail.

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23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful place. One of the most memorable hikes.

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28 days ago

Approximately 110 flights of stairs and you feel it! Bring water and don't start after 10:30 if it's the summer because the canyon gets extremely hot, very quickly. More than half the elevation gain is in the last half mile. The views are absolutely worth it!

29 days ago

I am going first time here with my friend please writte me back give me some feedback where to find this trail where ti park car can I go with my friend or I need a group, where to find the group???? etc ..

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1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views of the canyon and a great way to escape some of the crowds! I had been to the Grand Canyon once before but only walked along the rim--hiking down into it made this already unbelievable national park even more breathtaking. Bring at least 3L of water and wear proper footwear!

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Bucket list trail.

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