South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.
Hiking Grand Canyon National Park


Hiking Grand Canyon National Park

by Ben Adkison (Falcon Guides)

A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.

© 2016 Ben Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Canyon
Distance: 13.8
Elevation Gain: 4,740 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best: Mar though June; Sept through Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,460 feet
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS quad: Phantom Ranch; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Bright Angel Trail or Grand Canyon National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground

Recent Trail Reviews


Had visited the GC twice prior, but never hiked below the rim. Used the SK as my trip down to stay at the Bright Angel Campground for a quick solo overnight and then back up via the Bright Angel Trail. The SK was an excellent trail down. I started at 5am to avoid the heat, took a few photos - but being solo - I didn't have a lot of chatting time obviously - made it down at a relatively easy pace....and was at the campground by 7:30am.


Hiked from Bright Angle Campground up the Kaibab to the Rim. Camp overnight, outstanding!


Did this as part of a rim to rim hike over 5 days total. Stayed in the Bright Angel Campground 2 days. Lots of people, but the views were wonderfull. Hiked 40 miles total in 5 days.



The South Kaibab trail is very short and has some magical views. I hiked the trail during mid November. However, probably better to hike during the spring or fall, when the landscaping is more lively. The trail is pretty short, so I decided to go past the trail and hike all the way down the river/phantom ranch. If you decide to do this, hiking sticks are a must! I saw a new hiker without a stick passed out from exhaustion, which is very dangerous in zero degree temperature. Although it is not recommended to hike to the river and back in one day. It is not too bad if you use sticks, you can hike to the river and back 2x in one day if you're in decent shape. But again, with hiking sticks... It's almost suicide trying to do it without. Back to the trail, if you're bringing family and want a quick trail with great views this is the one. Just be sure to turn back when you see the end sign, or you will be carrying your family back up the canyon ;) Honestly, I enjoyed the south kaibab trail more than the river. When i went past the kaibab trail, it wasn't very pretty, you won't see anything spectacular after the trail just lots of dirt. The river might disappoint some. To describe it, don't expect a "river" when you go down, expect a stream. But it's very quiet and relaxing, and past the river, phantom ranch is a nice reward for the overachiever. To get to the trail, you need to take the south kaibab bus, which runs pretty often, and is easy to access. Not as many people hike this one, so you won't have to push past crowds during the trail.

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Apr 2018