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 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 gain of 1,921 ft (586 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the South Kaibab 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.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|15,601||7.0 mi||2,445 ft||7,185 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|2.7 hrs||0.0||1,921 ft||22,991 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|4.5 hrs||7.4||22,991 ft||1,921 ft|
The length of the South Kaibab Trail is 7.0 mi (11.2 km) or 15,601 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the South Kaibab Trail in 2.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free South Kaibab Trail topo maps 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?
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.
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