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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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25  2013-09-27
Old BA & Miners Route & Skeleton Pt Rt
28  2013-03-16
Old BA & Miners Route & Skeleton Pt Rt
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  5:48am - 7:16pm
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Redwall Break Route
by John9L

The Skeleton Point Route leads through a break in the Redwall and deposits you on the South Kaibab Trail 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.

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 severe injury or death.

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 to proceed through the Muav Limestone. Continue, and you will see signs of foot traffic and a use trail 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 halfway 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.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2013-04-25 John9L
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

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Grand Canyon National Park
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Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

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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