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South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is a 5.6 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,998 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

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As of July 20, 2020, users have reported that the road to the parking lot is closed so you can park on the side of the road, which will add an extra couple miles to your hike.

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Reviews (338)
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Recordings (146)
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McCrae Mower
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Hiking

Great trail-the views were amazing. Started at 5:30 and ended around 9:45. Bring plenty of water, it’s a HIKE up.

Jesse Edwards
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Hiking

Really loved this. Well kept trail. Amazing views both ways.

Michael Kingrey
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HikingGreat!

Great views and scenery. Challenging on the way back.

Ana Maia
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Hiking

Since shuttles are not running due to COVID we had to park about a mile away and walk the nicely paved, flat rim trail get to trail head. No water available (not even at the trailhead currently) so make sure you pack plenty. Beautiful views and strenuous way back up

Eddie Zuhric
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HikingNo shade

This a s an amazing trail! I went in mid July which typically would be hot but I went on an overcast day with a light sprinkle. I was shaded the whole time so heat and sun was no problem for me that time so keep that in mind in this review. Going to skeleton Point wasn't very difficult, I maybe used only half a litter of water. However back up is consideredably more difficult even with the shade and rain, I used up the rest of my water. Beautiful hike though and one you should definitely do!

Michaela Leffingwell
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail the whole way! I hope you like stairs because it’s basically climbing up and down stairs the entire trip down and up, but the views are absolutely worth it. I went through a 2L camelbak, 40oz Nalgene, and a Gatorade which were very necessary to replenish after sweating it out. The road to the parking lot was closed so we parked on the side of the road which added an extra couple miles. But we got to see several Elk from a very close distance on our way to the trailhead! We started from our car at 1pm and finished at 4pm but starting from the trailhead it only took 1 hr and 15 minutes down to skeleton point and 1 hr and 30 minutes back up (my husband is a Marine Infantry Officer so we don’t hike anything slowly lol). A park ranger recommended to us to go 100 yards to the left at skeleton point to view the Colorado River. Nothing spectacular but skeleton point is a little anticlimactic so it gave us something to look forward to. Definitely challenging but we saw a ten year old girl do it just fine, so as long as you have plenty of water and take breaks you should be fine. ALSO, by starting later in the day, we were shaded most of the way back up which felt amazing.

Mia F.
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HikingNo shade
Stephannie Sloane
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Currently unable to park in the lot adding an extra mile.5 - clocked total was 8 exact miles according to both our GPS watches. Here’s the thing- IT IS HOT AS ALL THINGS HOT. All the way down you’re only thinking about how you have to climb back out with little shade and it’s as strenuous as you think it will be. Also that dang thin air if you aren’t used to it will leave you breathless on hills you’re sure you’ve conquered just fine before. Overall challenging and also incredible! Just know going into it you will work to get out. Tips/ Frequent breaks in tiny spots of shade available. Drink a lot of water. Bring more than you think you need. Sunscreen up! Be kind to your hiking partner; they are probably struggling through some tough mind space to get out too.

Aroura Jackson
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HikingNo shade

Nice hike to skeleton point

Coleah Mattern
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Parker Morgan
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Hiking

Started this trail this morning at 7:15 and finished at 10 with a few stops here and there. The first third of the hike down is very shaded but after that, good luck finding any. Great views all the way through but your best viewpoint is going to be at Ooh Ahh point. There is a bathroom about 1.5 miles down at Cedar point. CARRY LOTS OF WATER.

Katrina K
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HikingNo shade
Eugene Friedman
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HikingNo shade

to begin with - it is brutal! the trail is built for mulls and has very uncomfortable step. reed everything you need to know about this hike. plenty of food and water are must. now, if you're not going all way down to the river you have no business going past Shelton. the view at the end of this trail is not worth of struggle. that last part is the most physically difficult and it just adds 3 miles of suffering! make sure to have really good lipstick! dry lips will make you feel thirsty more! hiking poles are great help!

Casey Wikiera
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HikingNo shade

Amazing hike! Some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Going down was no problem. Up is another matter, will definitely take it out of you. Take lots of water, can fill up at the trailhead but not on the trail. Went with the family, husband and I would have gone further, however kids (13 and 10) were WORN OUT at the end. My 60 year old mother did great but had to stop a lot on the way back up.

Lacey London
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes that I’ve ever done! Absolutely stunning! My fiancé and I hiked it at the end of May.

Jane C.
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Hiking

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.

Christina Rico
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HikingGreat!

This is an amazing hike! I went in late May, and started early due to the heat. The views are incredible! Make sure to bring plenty of water and proper footwear. The trail can get steep. The ascent back up is also steep, but very manageable for avid hikers. Take your time and enjoy! @hikersledge on instagram for more photos!

jens goes global
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Hiking

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

Parul Johri
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Hiking

Excellent! Way better than Bright Angel.

Avinoam Baral
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Hiking

Great trail. Perfect conditions and lightly trafficked.

Filipa Petrović
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Hiking

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.

Kerry Moncla
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Hiking

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!

Rick Hinkelmann
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

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.

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John Herring
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Hiking
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Jessica Hanke
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Beautiful and awesome! Watch out for donkey poo.

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