The South Kaibab Trail is a steep trail with many tight and narrow switchbacks. The trail offers no water and little shade. However, water is available during May-October at the trailhead. There are pit toilets at Cedar Ridge and the Tip-off. The trail can be popular with tourists between the trailhead and Ooh-Aah Point, but once you're past this overlook, the crowds thin considerably.
The length of the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is 6.8 miles and requires around 3.8 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 7,185 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 0.4 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 4.4 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the South Kaibab Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Phantom Ranch Topo Map: Download the free South Kaibab Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.
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