Overview: This passage begins at the South Kaibab Trailhead on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail descends through switchbacks, runs north below Yaki Point, along Cedar Ridge and then reaches the Cedar Ridge rest area. The trail continues down along Cedar Ridge, passes on the east side of O'Neill Butte and then switchbacks down the east side of a large butte and curves back around to the north. It comes to the Tonto Trail junction and continues across the Tonto Plateau to the edge at a place called The Tipoff. The trail now drops into the inner gorge and switchbacks all the way down to a tunnel and then a suspension bridge across the Colorado River. On the other side the trail heads downstream, passing the boat beach. It leaves the river, turns north at Bright Angel Creek and passes Bright Angel Campground. After passing through Phantom Ranch the trail becomes the North Kaibab Trail and it continues following Bright Angel Creek. It passes the junction with the Clear Creek Trail, enters the narrows of Bright Angel Creek and passes Phantom Canyon. The trail crosses the creek several times on footbridges, and then reaches the junction with the trail to Ribbon Falls. From the falls the trail continues up along the creek and reaches Cottonwood Camp. Further upstream the trail crosses the creek for the last time and comes to a rest house. It passes the turnoff to Roaring Springs and then begins climbing up along Roaring Springs Canyon. There is a bridge over this creek and then a tunnel. A final set of switchbacks are passed through and then the trail reaches the North Kaibab Trailhead.
Southern Trailhead: South Kaibab TH - Hwy 64
Northern Trailhead: North Kaibab TH - HWY 67
Recommended reading: South Kaibab, North Kaibab
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.
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.