South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point

MODERATE 97 reviews
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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 the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

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.

Beautiful!!

5 days ago

Beautiful but can be strenuous, saw a guy passed out on the trail so drink water. The view at ooh aah point was worth the hike

hiking
6 days ago

This hike has a HUGE payoff for such a small amount of work. We went around 6:30pm and caught the sunset over the canyon and it was absolutely breathtaking. Be careful though, the shuttles to the visitors stop running relatively early and you don't want to be stuck! There was hardly anyone on the trail when we went and I can't say more about the view.

1 month ago

Good hike. We walked from the visitors center to the trail head so that added a couple of miles but great views along the rim. The day we were there it was very crowded up and down the trail but there was plenty of room to pass.

1 month ago

not a hard hike at all. we did it during the hottest part of the day in early June. very cool views much better than the rim walk. just bring water and your camera!

2 months ago

Loved, loved, loved this hike! It was a gorgeous hike! The clouds, mountains, and the squirrels were welcoming. I would like to go back there and go further. If you go to the Grand Canyon-you have to hike this trail! Don’t leave without without this wonderful experience. It’s only 80 miles from Flagstaff. You have to take a shuttle bus from the main tourist building.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Great views and not that demanding. We took our 7 and 5 year olds and they made it with no problems. Just be careful for the cliff edge. It's a long ways down!

hiking
3 months ago

A good short hike to add to your one day GC iterenary.

3 months ago

We choose this hike based on how long the bus line was at the visitor center. But it had magnificent and breathtaking views at every turn. No regret. Our kids favorite hike of the vacation.

3 months ago

Watch out for mule poop. Ooh ahh point is very nice, but not significantly different than view from along the rim.

4 months ago

It’s a short and beautiful hike. It does have spaced out “man-made” stairs that can be a little hard to climb for shorter individuals but doable.

4 months ago

I agree that this is moderate to easy hike. I did it in feb and it was not bad. Took an hour at most. There were families with kids doing it no problem. The trick back up was a little more strenuous but not hard my any means.

hiking
4 months ago

I would rate this hike moderate to easy, not hard... but this being said after doing the hike in February where the weather was cool and comfortable. Point Ooh Ahh had great views, best if the sun is behind you. The water sources at the beginning of the trail were not in order, so be sure to pack your own!

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful alternative view from the rim. Short hike, a little steep but the view at Ooh Aah Point is so worth it. Have fun!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing trail well worth your time!

6 months ago

Did this hike in April, trail was icy at first because it snowed the day before!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

hiking
6 months ago

The Oh Ah point offers great views of the canyon, a great hike into the canyon if you only have a few hours in the park. If you're hiking South Kaibab only to this point, I would say the trail is more moderate than hard.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a lovely short distance hike with amazing views. I say short distance with the mindset of people using this app likely having experience going hiking. the view from the Ooh Aah Point is incredible. If you have very limited time in the park or just have a few hours to go into the canyon, take this hike. obviously bring water and pace yourself. it's easy to assume going fast down gets you there and back faster, but unless prepared, you'll burn the energy you'll need to go back up. There isn't water at the stopping point, so keep that in mind. I love this hike and have done it a few times now. Hiking should, in my opinion, not be a race but a chance to take in your surroundings, so take your time, take breaks and don't rush to finish.

hiking
7 months 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)

8 months ago

Loved Ooh Aah Point and the amazing view!

hiking
9 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
9 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
10 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.

10 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

11 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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This is a great hike with spectacular views. I completed this with my 10-year old and 7-year old -- there aren't many options for hikes down into the Grand Canyon that you can hope to complete with young kids, but this one is great, and Ooh Aah Point itself is breathtaking.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Such a fun hike!

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