The South kaibab trail leaves the South rim from Yaki point and runs 6.7 miles to Bright Angel campoint at the river below.
The start point is at 7262 feet and you descend 4800+ feet to the Colorado below.
From the camp site you can then continue if you so wish on the North kaibab trail to the North rim, which climbs 8200 feet in 14 miles.
It is strongly discouraged to attempt this in one day, likewise a descent and return in one day.
The photo was taken early one morning having started the descent soon after arrival at sun rise.
Before arriving at the Grand Canyon, we read several warnings that the only maintained trails into the canyon on the south side were the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails and that you would hike others at your own risk. Well, since we knew we'd be mule-riding those trails, we opted to take the risk and we were glad we did. We hiked a little-traveled trail called the Hermit's Trail, where we hardly passed any other hikers -- this in one of America's busiest parks. Of course, the prize of loneliness has a price -- danger -- so we had to make sure we were well-stocked with water and kept track of our time in the broiling sun. However, that wasa small price to pay for a beautiful solitude and the joy of NOT hiking the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails. When we road tose routes, we immediately learned the additional perils hikers face there -- passing colums of mules kicking up dust clouds and creating lakes of urine and buttes of feces on the "maintained" path! No thanks!
This is a lovely gentle hike around the edge of the South Rim of the Canyon giving spectacular views from the edge.
Don't be fooled, the Rim Trail isn't always walking along the edge - something I was pretty disappointed at.
The Rim Trail does, however, cater for disabled visitors.
Some of the group hiked into the Canyon but unfortuntely I was a little worse for wear after hiking in Zion National Park a couple of days previous. If you're up for the challenge, they definately recommended it.
DO NOT try to hike down to the river in a day. Take plenty of notice of the ranger tips and warnings as they are very useful.
Take the South Kaibab Trail down about half way and you will receive some great views of the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch.
It will be harder going back up - don't forget that. No water, food, shade or phones on the trails. Take plenty of supplies and you will have a lot of fun. Check out my picture and that will give you an idea of the fantastic views you will take in.
Just hop on the shuttle bus east to the South Kaibab Trail head and you are set.
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There are marked pathways along South Rim road. You can venture down the cliffsides at your own risk. If you're not in great shape, it can be exhausting to do, because the pathways (if you can call them that) are rough and pretty much straight up and down at times! But it's worth the loss of breath and chest pain, haha. It's a great way to get some exercise and see nature at it's finest.
If you didn't already know, admission fees to the park are $20 per vehicle. Great deal if you carpool.
FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME, STAY OVERNIGHT IN THE GRAND CANYON!!!.
There are a lot of trails routes to do here,.some of them are very easy but becareful,because there are also some difficults ones.
Another funny option here can be take a mule ride!.
Are you ready to hiking in the most beautiful place on earth??.
There are hiking trails leading to the bottom of the canyon. Remember that you cannot hike to the bottom of the canyon and back in one day.
What you can do is hike into the canyon and follow the path for an hour or so, and then turn back. This will show you the canyon from an entirely different perspective, compared to standing on the rim.
Bear in mind that the return trip back up to the rim will cost much more time and effort then going down. Also, take LOTS OF WATER with you and don't start hiking during the heat of the day, but do this during the morning hours.
Signs like the one in the picture will warn you. You might also encounter Park Rangers at the start of the trail, who will ask you whether yyou know what you are doing and point out the dangers (heat, water, time, etc.)
The perfect introductory hike and recommended for adults with children. Follows the rim from Yavapai Point to Hermits Rest. This trail will take you to all the usual South Rim attractions. The trail is paved from Yavapai Point west to Maricopa Point. 18 miles round trip, 10 hours. But you can you can catch a shuttle bus back the other way.
This was taken hiking out from Cottonwood up to the North Rim. We walked it in early September. Be warned - it gets hot even early in the morning. Try to walk as much of this route as you can before the sun hits you. It took us 2 hours to get to this spot, which the first part to be out of the shade. The next mile and a bit took over an hour. Hard work, but well worth it.
Duh! you are here for the shear beauty of the place. There is great hiking here if you have the time. The south rim is pretty well full of tourists, but if you are willing to hike a bit, you can have some peace and quiet of your own.
Spend more than a few hours - a couple of days at least if you can to take your time and savour the stunning vista. Head downwards down the well-marked pathways and see the canyon from a different perspective.
This trail goes right along the rim. It also leads to an overlook that is very pretty. I would say it's about .5 mile roundtrip. The views are out of this world.
If you really want the Grand Canyon experience you need to hike down into it! Otherwise, after you've gawped for a while at the view from the top there's not much more you can do!
For those who don´t want to go down into the canyon, there are beautiful hiking paths in the vicinity of the visitors´ center, offering spectacular views.