South Kaibab Climber's Log

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nader - Jan 15, 2022 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2021

South Kaibab Trail

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tehbea5t - Feb 20, 2021 4:45 pm Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2021

South Kaibab to Bright Angel  Sucess!

Great hike. A little longer than South Kaibab to the river and back, but definitely easier.


Diesel - Jan 14, 2018 9:08 pm Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2018

Rim to River to Rim  Sucess!

Down to the river and back on South Kaibab. 5 hours round-trip. Cold 28 at 6 AM and very windy. The trail was frozen but no snow, making for good footing. This trails is getting worst by the day; I've been hiking it for years (four times down and two up) and I can say that it's condition is in need of a lot of attention. In fact, all of the trails going down into the Canyon are in a terrible shape. With over 5 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon, I'd say that there would be enough money to fix these trails at least once every decade. There are a total of 30 miles going down into the canyon on the three main trails; how expensive can it be to maintain these trails?


Diesel - Oct 24, 2015 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2014

going up it's a promise   Sucess!

I hiked this trail twice, both times downhill. I plan on going also uphill in 2016.


Wallylongridge - Oct 23, 2015 10:48 am Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2014

Down the Trail   Sucess!

A night at Bright Angel C.G. Then up to Indian Gardens.


tdoughty - May 12, 2015 10:29 pm

Couple of times  Sucess!

Down Kaibab and up Bright Angel as day trips


geeman - May 29, 2014 8:11 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2014

Kaibab-Angel loop with plateau point  Sucess!

Hiked the South Kaibab-Bright Angel loop with a detour via plateau point (adds one hour to the trip). Hit the trail at 6.15am, was back at the south rim by 2.30pm. Spent about an hour by the river.
The loop is a great alternative to the Bright Angel trail back and forth: it offers a great diversity of landscape. The descent via south Kaibab is particularly stunning, with great views of the river all along and a sense of depth that you don't find on the Bright Angel trail.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Nov 2, 2011 12:07 pm Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2007

Many times  Sucess!

Hiked this trail many times over the years. I think that it is best to go in winter, and I have hiked the canyon 4 times in snowstorms.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 15, 2011 12:53 pm

fun hike with Duchess  Sucess!

solo hike in a day - down south kaibab, lunch at Phantom ranch, and up Bright Angel.


Kristin5berry - Mar 27, 2011 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2011

My second rim to river in 30 hrs  Sucess!

Sunny and fab. 4.5 hrs r/t :)


MoapaPk - Jan 21, 2011 12:00 am

r2r and to peaks  Sucess!

On way to O'Neill Butte with cp0915.


mlandau3 - Jan 10, 2011 6:39 pm

Fastest Way Down  Sucess!

Then we spent the night at Phantom Ranch and up Bright Angel. It was snowing at the top. That was a surprise.


sgica - Apr 4, 2010 3:14 pm Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2010

Down and Up  Sucess!

Down the S Kaiab and back up Bright Angel. Ice at the top of both. Great temps.


cp0915 - Mar 26, 2010 1:05 pm

South Kaibab  Sucess!

Hiked this trail a number of times, beginning around 2000.

Rinat Shagisultanov

Rinat Shagisultanov - Mar 16, 2010 11:01 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2010

GC with kids in Winter  Sucess!

Did as part of the 3 day backpacking with the family (wife, 13 y/o and 5 y/o sons). Hiked down South Kaibab and climbed back on Bright Angel Trail. Very beatiful.


ncst - Oct 21, 2009 3:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

Great hike  Sucess!

I started late, at 10.30 am, after getting a camping spot and backcountry permit for the next day on Indian Garden. Walked down to Tipoff and went up the same way.


VermontMike - May 21, 2009 8:09 pm

Fun!  Sucess!

South Kaibab --> Bright Angel Campground/Phantom Ranch --> Bright Angel Trail


Hotoven - May 15, 2009 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008

Super views!  Sucess!

Did this trail twice. I love it because its so brutal. Plenty of heat and no water. The views are off the charts, and shade is a joke!


farrisgl - Mar 19, 2009 1:37 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2002

Day Round Trip: Down Bright Angel up Kaibab  Sucess!

I started early in the morning with 5 of my French Business Colleagues. Cold morning with the wind blowing but at the bottom short sleave weather. Left for the return up the Kaibab. Great way to do the day round trip. Slightly overcast made for perfect hiking weather. The Kaibab is spectacular!


srclimb1 - Oct 14, 2008 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2008

Phantom Ranch Hike  Sucess!

South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch & up Bright Angel Trail. A unique & beautiful hike; a True Classic...

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