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Skeleton Point Route, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,923 feet
Elevation Gain 1,004 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,004 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.85
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Old BA & Miners Route & Skeleton Pt Rt
28  2013-03-16
Old BA & Miners Route & Skeleton Pt Rt
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  7:38am - 5:40pm
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1 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright Angel
Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright Angel
0.5 mi away
4.3 mi
435 ft
Miner's Route
0.7 mi away
1.0 mi
1,442 ft
Pipe Creek Canyon
0.9 mi away
15.0 mi
4,600 ft
River Trail - Grand Canyon
1.0 mi away
1.7 mi
348 ft
Utah Flats Route
Utah Flats Route
1.1 mi away
4.0 mi
2,000 ft
O'Neill Butte
1.2 mi away
0.2 mi
304 ft
Ribbon Falls from Phantom Ranch
Ribbon Falls from Phantom Ranch
1.3 mi away
12.5 mi
2,175 ft
Old Bright Angel Trail - South Rim
1.5 mi away
0.9 mi
6 ft
Clear Creek Trail - GCNP
Clear Creek Trail - GCNP
1.7 mi away
8.4 mi
1,682 ft
Rim Trail - Village to Mather Point
Rim Trail - Village to Mather Point
1.9 mi away
2.5 mi
270 ft
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Redwall Break Route
by John9L

Overview: The Skeleton Point Route leads through a break in the Redwall and deposits you on the South Kaibab Trail just above the switchbacks around the halfway point. It’s a short route at just over a half mile but gains a thousand feet in that span. The route can be followed in either direction but it’s safer ascending.

Warning: This is not a trail. Only hikers who are experienced in off-trail exploration in the Grand Canyon should attempt this route. Route-finding can be a challenge, and this route requires ample class-3 scrambling along poor surface conditions and some exposure. A misstep on this route could result in serious injury or death.

Hike: The route starts on the Tonto Trail a little under a half mile west of the South Kaibab Trail. Start by identifying the break in the Redwall. You can follow the wash or the sloping Bright Angel Shale. The sloping Bright Angel Shale is the easiest route. As you proceed towards the break, you’ll need to aim to the right in order to proceed through the Muav Limestone. Continue on and you will see signs of foot traffic and a use trail as you near the break. Follow the use trail to the break and begin making the scramble up. Be careful because there is scree and loose rock along the route.

About half way up the break you will encounter some animal bones. Continue up following whatever route you’re comfortable with. There is some scrambling with exposure and more scree. After some work you climb out of the break and find yourself on the South Kaibab trail. From there you can continue to the rim or whatever is your destination.

This is a great route to combine with the Miner’s Route for an express hike up from the river.

  • Grand Canyon Use Area Boundaries - Dynamic Map

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To South Kaibab Trailhead
From Flagstaff head west on I-40 for 30.4 mi to SR-64. Turn right/north and follow SR-64 55 miles to the park. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance.

You can only reach the trailhead by free-shuttle or taxi. Parking is available at several lots. There is a lot a mile from the trailhead on the east drive. If you are there early you can use this lot (it fills up fast) and hike the two miles there and back.

Express hikers' shuttles directly from Bright Angel Lodge and the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab trailhead depart daily at:
March 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m.
April 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., and 8:00 a.m.
May 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., and 7:00 a.m.

NPS Note: The South Kaibab Trail is located near Yaki Point. Due to the popularity of this area and extremely limited space, parking is not permitted at the trailhead. Hikers must use the park's free shuttle bus system to reach the trailhead. Every morning, several hiker express buses leave from the Bright Angel Lodge and then from the Backcountry Information Center (times vary depending on the month). Otherwise, hikers will need to take the village bus (Blue Line) to Canyon View Information Plaza and transfer to the Green Line. South Kaibab trailhead is the first stop on the Green Line.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 235 mi - about 3 hours 42 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 340 mi - about 5 hours 12 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 88.1 mi - about 1 hour 33 mins
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