South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground

Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023

South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground

South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground Professional Review and Guide

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

South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground Reviews

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6/5/2011
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.
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5/14/2011
Hiked from Bright Angle Campground up the Kaibab to the Rim. Camp overnight, outstanding!
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8/20/2010
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.
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7/10/2010
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11/15/2009
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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10/12/2009
Are you kidding me? This trail is an absolute off-the-charts jaw dropper. Best desert trail I've ever hiked, seen, or heard of. If you haven't hiked the SK into the canyon put it on your bucket list. Right away! Beautifully constructed, easy to follow, difficult but not outrageous (at least not going down...). Like the guides say, this is a ridge trail that provides unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon. It has plenty of landmarks so you always know which part of the trail you are on and what the next checkpoint is. Composting toilets are conveniently located. NO WATER ON THIS TRAIL! Fill up at the trailhead because the next water source is the Colorado River 7 miles away. Once you reach Skeleton Point the river is in view and after the Tipoff you can see the bridges, campground, and boat beach. The last hour feels like you are right on top of black bridge as you descend the switchbacks. Just an amazing experience - one that we'll never forget and will certainly revisit soon!
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12/13/2008
In anticipation of a full-moon, the hike began late in the day so to view the sunset, and moon-rise from the canyon floor. A fantastic reverse hike. Would only recommend for those hikers who are in good shape and acclimated to the 7000 altitude.
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8/17/2008
This is the second trip down along the Kaibab Trail...what a blast!!! The hike of a lifetime...August is the perfect time of year for this hike.
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8/14/2008
Fantastic trail. Incredible views as you decend into the Grand Canyon
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7/23/2008
This trail was awesome! It provided outstanding views at multiple layers of the canyon. It can be a little tough on the knees though!
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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018