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South Kaibab Trail Day Hike Tour
South Kaibab Trail Guided Hike
South Kaibab Trail Hiking Tour
South Kaibab Trail Day Tour
South Kaibab Trail Guided Walk
South Kaibab Trail Walking Tour

South Kaibab Trail Day Hike

Highlights

  •   BIG Grand Canyon Views
  •   Mesmerizing ridge hiking
  •   Famous, historic hiking trail
  •   Mind-blowing geologic history
  •   Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  •   Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

This tour is our most popular and is a daily departure, but can also be booked as a custom hike. It features stunning views at every step as it follows an exposed ridge into the depths of the Grand Canyon. One of the most photographed trails in the country, it's the trail to hike if you're not going to see anything else.

This tour meets at Grand Canyon National Park. If you'd prefer transportation from Flagstaff or Sedona to the Canyon and back, check out our Grand Canyon Discovery Tour.

There are two main turn-around options on the South Kaibab Trail. The first is Cedar Ridge, which is a broad saddle with stunning views, bathrooms and a bit of shade. Turning around at Cedar Ridge make the hike 3 miles round trip. The other option is Skeleton Point, which offers a breathtaking lunch spot and an incredible vantage point from which to view the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch. Either way, this trail offers mind-blowing views and exciting hiking, much of which is in the first half of the hike.

Please note: the daily departure requires a minimum of 2 guests. If you're traveling alone, you can join a waitlist until other hikers join the trip. Also, last-minute reservations may not be possible.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private & Group Tours
Difficulty:
Solitude:
South Rim
Year Round
5-7 hours
3-6mi / 5-10km
Up to 2040 ft gain/loss
$135-$235

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Day Hike Rates

Daily Departure Group Tour:

  • $165 per person
Daily departures are mixed groups with up to 6 guests and 1 guide. Children must be 12 or older to join a daily departure.

*Price does not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide


Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 1 person: $490
  • 2 people: $235 per person
  • 3 people: $205 per person
  • 4-5 people: $165 per person
  • 6-7 people: $135 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Hike Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Hike Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide outside The Grand Canyon Association Park Store at the Visitor Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.


Start Times

  • October 1 to March 31: 8am
  • April and September: 7am
  • May and August: 6am
  • June and July: 5am

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 9 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis


Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
South Rim
Canyon Bottom
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
Dec-Feb
41°
18°
60°
38°
 
 
March
51°
25°
71°
48°
 
 
April
60°
32°
82°
56°
 
 
May
70°
39°
92°
63°
 
 
Jun-Aug
82°
53°
108°
75°
 
 
September
76°
47°
97°
69°
 
 
October
65°
36°
84°
58°
 
 
November
52°
27°
68°
46°
 

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