South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

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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.

3.0 miles
1282 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. 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.

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Favorite hike at the Grand Canyon of all time. Quick way in, but don't let the breezy way down fool you. The hike up has a steep elevation gain, which is manageable, but tricky if you are not in shape. Bring a lot of water, regardless of how short the mileage may seem, the canyon temps catch up faster than you think. I always bring a liter of water plus a water bottle or two. Best views, and honestly probably my favorite hike anywhere.

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16 days ago

Pretty and nice trail, did this in the spring and it was challenging but not the hardest trail I did this week. paved. or rocky had to wait for passing mule team. enjoyed.... remember what goes climbs down needs to find its way back up...

17 days ago

great trail, starts going fown so remember to save for return up. pretty overlooks, very rocky, and had to move over for mules

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27 days ago

awesome trail! it gets really icey in the winter though so i highly recomend some form of krampons

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great views, but very crowded.

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Amazing views!

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2 months ago

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!