South Kaibab Trail from Grand Canyon (Arizona) – this hike was part of a 2-week trip in the American Southwest (May-June 2018).
South Kaibab trail gets you to the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado River.
- distance ~12mi / 20km;
- elevation 7200ft / 2195m;
- duration ~12h (we started the hike from the rim at 5am and came back at 4h30pm);
- intermediate points on the trail: Skeleton Point, Kaibab Suspension Bridge, Bright Angel Trail Bridge;
?you can camp at the bottom of the canyon;
?you can get yourself or your stuff carried out on a mule for a fee;
⚠️very strenuous hike due to the extreme heat with numerous switchbacks; it has been the hardest hike for me so far;
⚠️it is not recommended to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day;
⚠️it is not recommended to hike alone because you may get lost, ill, or injured and there is no one to assist you;
⚠️the return hike may take twice as long;
⚠️almost no shade along the trail;
⚠️the only drinking water source is at the bottom of the canyon; make sure you have packed plenty of drinking water (and food, of course) if you are planning to do the hike;
⚠️permit needed to enter the Grand Canyon National Park ($30/vehicle/one week); otherwise, buy America the Beautiful Annual Pass to enter more than 2000 American Natural Parks and Recreation Sites ($80/valid 1 year);
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