South Kaibab Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 9.0 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
5 Stars
15,601 Steps 1  (7.0 mi)

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.

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The South Kaibab Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,185 ft (2,190 m), a minimum elevation of 2,445 ft (745 m), and an elevation range of 4,740 ft (1,445 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
15,6017.0 mi2,445 ft7,185 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.7 hrs0.00 ft4,716 ft
[ B to A ]
4.5 hrs393.04,716 ft0 ft

What is the length of the South Kaibab Trail?

The length of the trail is 7.0 mi (11.2 km) or 15,601 steps.

How long does it take to hike the South Kaibab Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Cape Royal, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Grandview Point, AZ

Is there a South Kaibab trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The South Kaibab Trail is located on the Phantom Ranch topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.