|Hiking||3.00 Miles|| 2 Hrs 30 Mns || ||1.20 mph|
|4,595 ft AEG|| || || |
We ventured down the South Kaibab Trail on November 3, 2005. The weather was chilly at the top and we bundled up. We started the trail around 2pm and didn't think we would make it to the Cedar Ridge mark (3miles) because a sign at the trailhead said it took 3-5 hours. We headed out checking our time often so we would be back up before sunset.
The trail is very scenic with views of the canyons below and the towering cliff wall next to you. On our way down we didn't encounter too many people. Good traction is a must. I wore my Reebok tennis shoes and slid all the way down! The steps are sandy and worn way down by the mules. They create a horizontal rut and are capped off by a log. The ruts made it slow going and the steps even higher. The loose gravel also added to my clumsiness. (See photo of me falling down).
It's amazing coming around a corner and a breeze blowing against you and a panoramic of the canyon surrounding you. We got to a point on the trail where we could see down to the Cedar Ridge point and decided to make our way down.
I must say this; no trail books ever mentioned windy conditions. It was very windy in spots and the sand from the trail swooshed up suddenly at times. It makes you stop in your tracks and close your eyes. I still got sand in my mouth, eyes and my camera lens. My camera had to be returned afterwards because the lens cap would no longer automatically open due to sand.
The view from Cedar Ridge is wonderful. Walk all the way down to the point and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We sat down and enjoyed the beauty for about 20-30 minutes and then made our way back up.
Though most books tell you it takes longer to get back up it took us the same time as going down. I did have to stop once because I was out of breath. After, I was fine. I just paced myself up the steep canyon stairs. It was an excellent workout and a lot of fun. You just got to put one foot in front of the other and really push yourself on the way back up.
Overall this was and excellent hike. Next time we plan on going all the way down!