DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,978 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Not much more to say than what has said in the reviews already. We got in to Flagstaff the night before (from NC) and had little time to adjust to the elevation (or the heat). We packed plenty of water (thankfully) and needed our trekking poles for the switchbacks on the way up. We're all relatively fit and active, so this wasn't too hard on the body, but the knees took a beating.

You'll find solitude at Skeleton Point if you hit the trail before 7 - we were the only ones there when we reached at about 8:30. On the way back up, we met throngs of 'tourists' who plunged into the canyon with fervor and little hiking savvy - jean shorts, a single bottle of water and cameras slung around their necks. Very global groups, too. Plenty of languages were echoing on the trail.

The scenery is second-to-none. You will never see something as expansive as this canyon, and the experience is breathtaking. We chose the South Kaibab route because it 1) is less traveled than the Bright Angel and 2), is shaded on the way up, past Ohh Ahh Point (at least before noon).

The trek gave me inspiration to someday take it to the bottom, or possibly a rim-to-rim.