South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point

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Grand Canyon National Park

South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,978 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

running

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

no dogs

hiking
4 days ago

Great views with several stunning viewpoints. The trail is clean and well-maintained. Weather was perfect in late May, clear and cool in the mid-60's, perfect for the incline in the latter half of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with amazing views. Be sure to bring enough water.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent! Way better than Bright Angel.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Perfect conditions and lightly trafficked.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, gorgeous view on GC, a lot of steps but there were parts where we were able to run a bit. The trail descends first and goes uphill on the way back. Personally I prefer the opposite situations but this trail is worth the exception.

hiking
2 months ago

Some of the best views of Grand Canyon I’ve seen were on this hike. Allow yourself some Time...don’t start this one too late in day. Views form Skeleton Point are incredible!

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Hike started with large snow. Was very beautiful with the snow falling. At Cedar Ridge, the snow turned to rain. Trail was muddy with lots of puddles. Rain eventually stop heading to Skeleton Point. View of the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch was great. Ate lunch and then headed back to South Kaibab trailhead. Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful and awesome! Watch out for donkey poo.

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fee
no shade
2 months ago

My fiancé and I did this trail today starting at the South Kaibab trailhead to skeleton point. Glad we started early, on the way back up it was quite busy! I would recommend going early in the morning to ensure you beat the crowds. There was very minimal ice at the beginning of the trail, completely gone within 5 minutes of the hike. Overall the trail was fine, was not a spectacular payoff however. Could have stopped at Cedar Ridge and got the same experience. Very cool going down into the canyon, let’s will hurt on the way back up :) We finished in just under three hours bus to bus.

hiking
2 months ago

Hard but breathtaking views! Make sure to bring water and snacks! Be prepared, coming back up seems 10x harder then going down. As soon as we turned around to start hiking back up I immediately felt the difference, especially if you’re not use to the elevation. Definitely worth the struggle, along with a great workout.

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no shade
3 months ago

Hiked on 2/9/20. A little bit of ice on the first half mile of the trail. You don’t need yak trax, but they help with the ice. Gorgeous views, absolutely stunning. Took us 3 hours total to hike to Skeleton Point and back up. You need to take the shuttle to get to the trailhead. The shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes. If you are fit and ambitious, start in the morning and hike all the way down to the river and back up. Bring at least 3-4 L of water and some snacks. There was a rest room ~1 mile down into the canyon. Temperature was mid 50s, worked up a sweat.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike in mid-February. We brought crampons but didn’t end up having to use them due to there being less ice than normal this time of year. Still a little tricky at the beginning, but trail is plenty wide so you still feel safe. I would recommend hiking boots, leave the sneakers at home. Don’t forget to make your way to the left of the Skeleton Point sign for a great view of the canyon and Colorado River! Super satisfying hike.

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washed out
3 months ago

Great trail! Ranger indicated we would need poles and crampons for the entire thing, but hiked in sneakers and it was fine. A little ice on the first few switchbacks. Got the heart pumping, if you know what I mean!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Very, very little ice on the first pair of switchbacks, after that there was none. The rest of the hike was wonderful with great maintenance and views the entire way. Going back obviously took a little bit more effort but was overall pretty much doable. Took 3 1/2 hours with picture stops and lunch. Overall, very nice (2/18/20).

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. We had great weather, make sure you bring sunscreen as the closer you get to Skeleton point the less shade there is. I felt the 2K ft hike down was harder than the up based on slick dirt (make sure you wear shoes with good traction.) Plenty of space to walk this trail. Viewpoints were fantastic. Took about 3:30 round trip with stops for pictures and a snack break at the lookout.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail on a perfect day! Once you get passed Ooh Ah, the trail pretty much opens up and the crowds become very few. The views on this trail are spectacular and the trail is very well maintained. The way up is quite the workout, but there are many great places to stop and take a break, and even a bathroom at Cedar Ridge! Surely, a perfect day hike. I would suggest microspikes for the first quarter mile or so as there is still ice in the trail (as of 2/16) but I saw some people also going down the ice in Vans...Not the best decision.

hiking
3 months ago

I liked this trail better than Bright Angel for the views and for the awesome ridgeline portions of the hike, however this trail has a lot more stairs/steps compared to Bright Angel, which is more of an incline, which was a bummer going back up. We went to Skeleton Point, then went a little bit past the sign and had lunch on an awesome ledge overlooking the super steep switchbacks on the way down the Phantom Ranch. The views just past Skeleton Point were awesome. Definitely microspikes were useful for the first few switchbacks, we saw a ton of people slip on the ice at the start of the trail. The ice disappeared pretty quick a few switchbacks down but I'd say microspikes are pretty useful for safety at the start. Overall awesome hike, definitely challenging and steep and a lot of stairs on the way back up.

hiking
3 months ago

Icy going in, solid views down. Prep for ascent. 2k ft in 3 miles is a humdinger. Climb to top to peak on skeleton point for best views. Finished in 3:45 with stops and pictures

hiking
icy
3 months ago

Towards the top of the canyon the switchbacks were pretty icy and micro spikes came in handy. When you get to Skeleton point walk a little ways to the left, you can see the Colorado river and great views. The climb back up was very challenging because it’s about 2k elevation change in a short distance, plan to time things out for steps instead of just incline.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on Feb, 5, starting at about noon. The first 50 yards or so of the trail, (several switch backs) were icy, Micro spikes would be great, but not a necessity at this time. The rest of the trail was dry, and in great shape. Fantastic views, not very many people on the trail, excellent day!!

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icy
muddy
4 months ago

Hiked January 2020 in the early morning. Icy at the top and significantly muddy by the end due to the snowstorm yesterday. HIGHLY recommend microspikes/crampons and trekking pole(s) to avoid slipping. Restroom at start and halfway down at Cedar Ridge. Beautiful views similar to those seen at Mather Point, Pipe a Creek Vista, and Yaki Point. I’m told this trail is less icy in winter and not as steep as Bright Angel Trail.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

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