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Even if you think sometimes it’s not so hard, the last mile up is super hard! But worth everything. The view at the plateau is stunning. I recommend to start the hike around sunrise. We were almost by our self the way down and it was an amazing adventure.

Great hike but just add another half mile to your hike and go to Cedar Ridge. It's only 0.6 of a mile further down the trail but it's totally worth it. The trail is very well maintained. Do the trail early in the morning so you'll have some shade as you go back up. Bring plenty of water.

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.

Beautiful and very scenic hike. It’s quite steep - so be prepared

Beautiful trail!

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.

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no shade
washed out
1 day ago

Overall pretty fun, moderately physically challenging trail. We did it backwards and which could have contributed to making the trail slightly difficult to follow but the starting point is almost always in view.

Definitely easy on the way down. I stopped at the creek for about a half hour and soaked my feet and had a snack and then the way up was brutal. I did start my hike til 2:30 so going down was in the sun, but on the way up it was all shaded and that was really nice!

Awesome drive, even got to see a few Pronghorns along the way!

Really short and easy walk, but well worth the stop to stretch the legs and check out!

Great trail

Super beautiful trail.. take into account you’ll double the time going up. If you made it down there in 2 hrs, you’ll make it back up in 4. Initially thought to go all the way down the river but time was crucial for a day of hike without camping. There are 2 rest houses with water and the rangers cabin after the garden- 1.5 miles before the plateau. Beautiful views of the Canyon. There’s no shade on the 1.5 mile hike to the plateau.

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off trail
5 days ago

Hard to follow the markers, it was a beautiful area to see the land but had to turn back half way through because didn’t want to get lost from not following the markers.

This hike offers magnificent views from all the designated points. Currently, until 5 June 2020, no shuttle buses are running and no cars are allowed past the barricades so this hike is very peaceful. It starts west of the Village and extends to Hermit's Rest so you can avoid the big crowds at the Village. Hike all the way to Hermit's Rest (about 8 miles one way) for a nice hike or turn around anywhere you desire. Again, this hike offers incredible views from the Rim and is less crowded than the Village. Bring water and wear a hat.

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5 days ago

This is basically a nice walk between the Grand Canyon visitor center and the Village. It's on a asphalt trail and pretty much flat. It offers many scenic points. You can wear tennis shoes on this walk. Bring water and wear a hat.

Different views from every side at Ooh Aah Point. Next time we plan to go on to Cedar Ridge (this is the halfway point). Switchbacks and loose rocks, so take your hiking shoes!

Great hike. Beautiful views at every turn. I went clockwise. Had the benefit of some shade early in the morning going that way. 7.8 miles. Time was 3:06. I went off the trail a few times to enjoy the views.

This was an excellent hike with spectacular views the entire time. Both the 1.5 and 3.0 mile rest points have fresh water points, outhouses, and shady rest huts. The trail itself is very well maintained. Coming up will probably take you double the time as going down. This is not a hike for young children due to the incline and severe drop-offs/ledges. Bring lots of water, wear a hat, use sunscreen and wear light hiking shoes. Great hike, loved it.

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no shade
7 days ago

Great trail. The north loop section was hard to find, so I just did an out and back with the southern section. Awesome views of a very unique landscape!

Epic trail. Backpacked down from the South Rim in the beginning of November of last year and camped at Bright Angel Campground at the bottom right near Phantom Ranch. Hiked up to the North Rim and took the shuttle back to the South. Trip of a lifetime. Hope to someday go back to do this as a day hike and/or for a stay at Phantom Ranch!

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bugs
8 days ago

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no shade
9 days ago

We did just under half of this trail out and back on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We were surprised with the solitude on a holiday weekend - even despite COVID. We saw 3 other people all day. Know there is minimal shade, look for the cairns, and I’d recommend hiking pants vs shorts as some of the trail has some minor overgrowth. Its a steady incline but an absolutely amazing view early and often ! Will definitely be back to backpack in and try to get a permit to camp

Always remember, what goes down, must come back up. Hiked in late May, and the rim is a lot cooler than the canyon, though where we got too (just over 4 miles in) it was still comfortable.

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11 days ago

Nice, easy trail to view the diverse rock colors.

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bugs
11 days ago

Great trail. Outstanding views. We saw 2 Gila monsters...very cool! Way to many gnats!!

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no shade
11 days ago

scenic driving
11 days ago

Third time I’ve done this drive (although I skipped the trail to the picnic area this time). At some point, I need to walk it!! It’s such a beautiful path and I love it! Highly recommended!! Pics are from the first time I did it... can’t find the rest of them - haha.

Holi cannoli I loved this hike! I went counter clockwise as I saw recommended and it was awesome! The trails down are longer but less steep than the trails up. This hike had a nice steady incline up to the summit with awesome 360 views. Then each trail on the way down was so different- and I especially enjoyed the nice sand/gravel on the way down- so it was easy to walk while admiring the beauty. I would absolutely do this one again. Happy Trails Friends!

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