South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point

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South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no shade

no dogs

This "halfway" point to Cedar Ridge is a beautiful hike all in its self. If you want to get away from the crowd at the top of the rim ( it can be as busy as Disneyland) but if you don't want to go on a all day hike this is a good compromise. Always bring water when hiking any distance in the Grand Canyon.

hiking
20 days ago

Of the two popular hikes from the south rim, THIS is the best.

The switch backs and the steep drop off on the sides were a bit less pronounced and a bit more enjoyable on this trail as compared to Bright Angel.

Coming back up the trail is notably harder than descending down the trail. Be aware and budget your time accordingly.

Family friendly (6 and 8 year old)

hiking
29 days ago

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1 month ago

Loved Ooh Aah Point and the amazing view!

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hiking
2 months ago

The name is definitely deserved. The trail itself isn't terribly difficult or long. It's well marked, and generally smooth with some stairs included. Walking sticks definitely help if you have bad joints.

Definitely be careful with young children as the trail dropped off into the canyon at several points with no guard rail. There is also no bathroom or water refill, and by nature of the trail no area to step off and relieve yourself. Depending on the time of day there may be no shade as well. We went in the early morning in early October which is definitely ideal. Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for two old-timers hiking at Grand Canyon for the first time. Beautiful at sunrise, as the early morning light lit up the canyon--tremendous views. While it was great going below the rim, this hike simply whetted our appetites for more and longer hikes into the canyon. Also of note, as novices we were aware of not doing too much during peak heat hours so we caught the 5:00 am hikers shuttle to the Yaki Point drop off and we were on the trail at 5:30 and back up on the rim by 7:30 am during which most of the trail was still in shade. It was a great first taste of hiking Grand Canyon!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great views! This is a steep trail but well worth the effort. Please bring lots of water. I don't know how many people we saw without any water at all including kids.

3 months ago

Awesome views the entire way down to Ooh Ah Point. Going down is easy and coming back up is moderate. All in all, it took us a little over an hour. If you're looking for a quick hike with outstanding views, this is it!

backpacking
3 months ago

Awesome views and trail. When we dropped in 6 years ago there was snow on the ground in April but since we were going to the bottom we were in shorts and tees...

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with a great view. The hike back up is difficult. Bring lots of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesone hike. short and relatively steep. Beautiful views. Mules pass by inches from the edge. Bring more water than normal for 2 mile hike.

4 months ago

Went on this hike a few years back with my wife and 8 year old. My son handled it well. As always take plenty of water and salty snacks.