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South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

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Grand Canyon National Park

South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,095 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Day hike to the mule hitching post at Cedar Ridge is 3 miles (round trip). Best views for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, no water, little shade. Water available seasonally at the trailhead. Upper portion of the trail may be extremely icy in winter or early spring and in summer months watch out for thunderstorms. This is the only trail at Grand Canyon National Park that holds true to a ridgeline descent. This trail is also the quickest way to the bottom. The trail begins with a series of tight switchbacks. After these initial switchbacks, the trail traverses below Yaki Point to Ooh Ah Point (the first panoramic view of the canyon). From Ooh Ah Point on, the trail follows the top of a ridgeline and is consequently without shade. Several broad and steeply plunging switchbacks later, hikers reach Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail was constructed to bypass Ralph Cameron's Bright Angel Trail. Cameron, who owned the Bright Angel Trail and charged a toll to those using it, fought dozens of legal battles over several decades to maintain his personal business rights. These legal battles inspired the Santa Fe Railroad to build its own alternative trail, the Hermit Trail, beginning in 1911 before the National Park Service went on to build the South Kaibab Trail beginning in 1924. In this way, Cameron inadvertently contributed to the greater network of trails currently available for use by canyon visitors.

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no shade
rocky
2 days ago

We only made it to Ooh Aah Point. Well developed trail with amazing views. Obviously easy down and difficult up. There’s no water in the canyon so bring your own!

Great morning time hike. Lots of shade if you are in and out before 10am.

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no shade
3 days ago

Great trial!

It’ll work you really hard...

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rocky
8 days ago

Great trail!! Easy to follow trail along the switchbacks down into the canyon. Cliffs are almost always on one side of you or the other but they are wide and therefore not too bad for those afraid of heights. The hike between ooh ah point and here was definitely worth it. I had my hiking poles which I found really helpful though most people appeared to do well without poles. We got to the trail a little after sunrise which I recommend doing. Most of the trail was in the shade for us which was great for a morning in June. It started to get hot as we were leaving. Additionally, there was almost no one on the trail on our way down which was lovely. Took us 4 hours including the mile long walk from our parking space at Pipe Creek Vista and a long break in the middle. Overall very enjoyable

Absolutely beautiful trail great views of the Grand Canyon. Can be very slippery in some parts because it’s loose dirt and rocks so just watch your footing. Super easy going down but you have to remember you got to come back up :) it’s definitely doable I wouldn’t say it’s hard but it is difficult in some spots. Make sure you bring lots of water I would say a minimum of 3 L if not more. I saw quite a few people on the trail that were having a hard time coming back up.

Unfassbar schöne Aussicht und der Sonnenunter war einer der schönsten die ich je gesehen habe. Der Anstieg ist anspruchsvoll und sollte nur bei guter Kondition versucht werden. Die Zeitangabe von 3:16 ist sehr ambitioniert.

hiking
16 days ago

Cool trail, Cedar Ridge provided some great views from within the canyon without much hiking. Going back up was pretty tough l, we had to stop for breaks a few times. Would recommend going earlier rather than later in the day.

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no shade
20 days ago

great views! make sure to give yourself at least 3 hours to get to Skeleton Point and back if you don't stop for 1 picture. book 4 hours if you take in the views and take pictures. find a good walking stick, it helps on the way up and bring more water than you think you might need. sunset from Ooh Ahh point was very relaxing, highly recommend!

Awesome. Recommend 3 liters of water per person in summer. Don’t start late

hiking
26 days ago

Love it!!!! Parked on the road outside the trailhead but probably could have parked at the trailhead. Bring water! Watch out for squirrels trying to steal your stuff.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Best in the morning before it gets too hot. Make sure to fill up water before going down into the canyon. You can park at the top or walk 2.5 miles from the main visitors center along the rim trail to make it longer (8 miles rt). We saw lots of elk, one was trying to drink from the water tap!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an excellent hike. We added extra mileage to the hike by parking at the visitor's center and walking on the Rim trail (east bound) to the trailhead. South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge is a beautiful hike, probably one of the best in the NP for the incredible views and the "wow" factor. It's only 1.5 miles down to Cedar Ridge so "just do it." Don't turn around at Ook Aah Point (about 1 mile down), just go to Cedar Ridge, it's worth it. Bring plenty of water and wear a hat.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trail to experience going into the Canyon without going to the bottom. GORGEOUS VIEWS. Going up was a battle but the fact that it was just a short distance up made it bearable. Don’t take any less than 3 bottles of water. Minimal shade.

Great trail

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent! South Kaibab is way better than Bright Angel trail.

3 months ago

Stunning views as you head down the canyon. Don't underestimate this hike as the trek up is a WORKOUT! Bring plenty of water and snacks to refuel.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful views! Definitely a challenging hike that had us feeling a little sore later, but it was so worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

AMAZING VIEWS of the Grand Canyon. I took this trail and then kept going another 1.5 miles to Skelton point. Make sure you have enough time to do this...don’t leave to late in day. But the 3 miles in from the top of the South Rim down to Skeleton Point is so worth it once you see the views of the canyon from this point (also the first spot on this trail when you can finally see the Colorado River!! You need another 3-4 steep miles to get to the actual rivers edge and that takes at least full day or more depending on your ability.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

Started off in the snow, but with only one full day in the park, we were going as far as we could! We planned to get to Ooh Ah point, fully expecting to turn back much sooner. We ended up continuing on to Cedar Ridge. The snow stopped about the time we started & fog somewhat lifted, so we were able to get some amazing photos! The climb back up was a grind, but we did it!!

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Hiked to Cedar Ridge and had lunch. Once we returned, we took the Ridge trail back to the visitor center. Weather was perfect. Would love to come back to Phantom Ranch

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icy
4 months ago

Premiers 200m glacés, ensuite bonne condition de sentier. Nous reviendrons pour descendre jusqu’a la rivière !

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icy
muddy
5 months ago

Hiked 1.28.20. Beautiful!! We even got passed by mules - loved it! Trail was icy for the first .3 miles then got muddy at times. My favorite trail.

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