South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

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South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
3 minutes ago

The Canyon never disappoints. Ever.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great views! Bathrooms are here, too if you need them. The trail is well worn so we didn’t need spikes or crampons. Hikers are nice when the snow and ice melt in the afternoon, though. If you made it this far, I would encourage going to Skeleton Point. It’s not much further, but also has incredible views! The hardest part is the last 400m going back up: steeper switchbacks.

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muddy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

When we got off the shuttle, we were a little unsure since it was blowing snow and zero visibility. Thankfully that didn’t have us turn back to our cars! We started down the very snowy trail and the clouds started to come and go and we were able to get amazing views. We are 25 years old and did this hike in Nikes and no poles. Although the poles and spikes would have made it a little easier going down, it was a lot easier going up then expected with what we had. Lots of mud when the snow changed to rain. Our feet were soaked but we did care. We ended up doing an extra mile pass the Cedar Ridge and it did not disappoint. Wish we had gotten there a lot earlier so we could have gotten further down! The weather gave us some crazy wind but some beautiful rainbows!!!

What can you say - the views are the Grand Canyon. With snow and ice on the top portion, crampons and walking sticks were helpful. Return up wasn’t as hard as expected.

hiking
18 days ago

Keep going to skeleton point or farther! Yes “safe” for all ages. It’s a lot of hard work going back up. As of Jan 28th the first 1/4 mile is snowy and icey. Made it fine without spikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Can someone tell me if south kaibab trail would be safe to hike with a 8 month old? Thanks

hiking
1 month ago

The views give it five stars!! Plus a visit with a mule parade at Cedar Ridge. For me being out of shape, going back up was tough and long, but I slept well that night! Also, the head of the trail has real spring water. Fill your bottles there! Hiked in late October. Beautiful weather!

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail on Dec 29th. A bit chilly with some snow and just a bit of ice at the top. It took us about 2-2.5 hours with stopping to take pictures at the oh ah point and taking a snack break at cedar ridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views! Not overly crowded on Dec. 28th and once you pass Ooh-Aah Point there are not too many people. The way up is challenging, but not too bad if you keep a slow and steady pace. Took 2 hours to go down and back. Taking the Rim trail back to the Visitor Center is a great way to end the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with the best views! Seemed more like a moderate hike than hard, at least during the winter. There was only a bit of ice in the first few yards of the trail and dry the rest of the way down.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views and as my wife put it, a ‘legit’ workout on the way back up. We did it in late December. Bring layers but be prepared to carry them, even at 35 degrees when in the sun the jacket is coming off.

hiking
1 month ago

We went on December 17. The trail was icy only at the beginning. We brought crampons but did not really need to use them. It was a moderate and very doable hike for us, we are only occasional hikers and more or less in shape. It took 3 hours for the round trip, but we spent a lot of time chilling and taking pictures. The hike up took around 1 hour 15 minutes. The weather was pleasant, it was a completely cloudy day. The views were excellent though we thought a little more sunshine could make the views and pictures a bit better.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on December 23rd. The trail was clear but a little icy on the top (but nothing slippery) . Took a little more than 2 hours (including time to stop and click a ton of pics). Amazing views and overall a very doable hike. Coming up could be a little challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

Thought this was a moderate hike even with the weather we experienced. Went at the end of Nov. The top of the trail was snow covered while around Ooh Aah point, it was extremely muddy. Lots of opportunities to slip and fall. The weather conditions as we hiked would change from snow showers or windy or sunny and hot within minutes. Overall great hike, can't beat the views! Wish we had the time to go further to Skelton Point.

hiking
2 months ago

October 2018- truly stunning views at ooh ah point and at the turn back point. We left early, and had unobstructed views. The fog was really rolling in on our way out. It was chilly when we went- wear layers. A couple dicey spots if you’re scared of heights. Overall we felt safe enough and it was 100% worth it! Took us about 2.5 hours

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views! Ooh Ahh point is incredible, the way back up can be challenging. This was my 1st hike in the canyon and I was not mentally prepared for the struggle coming back up

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! It took close to 3 hours, but I made a lot of stops to take pictures. Take some time to relax and enjoy the view at cedar ridge. It’s not a difficult hike if you’re into hiking. The last bit can be a bit tiring if you’re not accustomed to hiking since it’s steep! Beautiful hike. I had one day in Grand Canyon and hats the one I chose to do, and I’m happy with my selection :)

4 months ago

Beautiful hike with beautiful views! Took us a little over two hours round trip, with a lunch break at the bottom. Easy going down, so don't let that fool you. Coming up will have your heart pumping and your thighs burning!

hiking
4 months ago

Relatively easy hike. Climbed down a few rocks to get to a more secluded spot, but there are some great spots out on the ledge to sit and have lunch, very peaceful with nice views.

4 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park! Hiked it multiple times while at the canyon. Please please if you pan to do it bring water! There is NO water access on this trail. Bring at least a liter per person, more if it’s during the summer. Beautiful views and once you get to the ridge it opens up and you can see all around the canyon. Difficult but doable if you take your time. Wear proper footwear, I don’t recommend sandals.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this hike! We did it in March, and got up early to do it so it was pretty cool for our whole hike. We did down and back to Cedar Ridge in 2 hours, but it was a challenge! Getting up early to beat the spring break crowds was definitely worth it, and we were able to catch views of some mountain goat hiking the trail next to us!

hiking
4 months ago

Bring water. Great scenery and the farther you go, the less people you see.

5 months ago

One of the nicest trails we have been on . I would consider it an easy trail for me . However, i enjoy a good challenge cardio wise up hill.

hiking
5 months ago

What an absolute blast! The trail is well maintained and wide. Talk about spectacular views! I highly recommend for avid and intense hikers!

hiking
6 months ago

Breath-taking views, the dissent is pleasant, however the return up is pretty strenuous.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views. Start early (6am) in August and bring water.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike!!! If you want to challenge yourself further, go down to Skeleton Point and back, it should take an extra 2 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views and a nice cardio if pick up your pace. There are a lot of mules that pass through here, so the steps are sunken in and there is poo every now & again.
There's no way I'd recommend this trail during peak season or a weekend - too many people would make for an annoying hike.

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