Hiking The South Kalibab Trail in Grand Canyon

Hiking the South Kalibab Trail | CHelsea Ives | Copyright© Chelsea Ives

Chelsea Alves


Today we would like to point your attention to an article we found by fellow hiking and outdoor enthusiast Chelsea Alves from sunkissedhiker.com. Chelsea has created a wonderful exposé on hiking the South Kalibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park and the wonders that awaiting those of us looking for an adventure we felt was definitely worth the read.

Chelsea sums up the adventure beautifully in her opening paragraph:

“The South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon National Park was just as spectacular as I envisioned it to be: breathtaking views, movie-worthy backdrops, a bevy of friendly hikers, and crisp air.”

In her article, she walks you step by step through her journey hiking the South Kaibab Trail and offers up 7 tips for making the most out of your own hiking trip.

For instance:

Hiking the South kalibab Trail | Copyright© Chelsea IvesTip 1: The South Kaibab Trail offers extraordinary views along the trail making it easy to lose track of how far you have hiked down. The steepness of the trail is also misleading on the way down. Plan on taking twice as long to hike up as it took to hike down.

Tip 2: For a day hike, hike to Cedar Ridge(1.5 miles in) or a little further to Skeleton Point(3 miles in). Cedar Ridge has restroom facilities available.

Tip 3: Be sure to carry enough water with you. You will use a lot of energy hiking down the canyon and back up. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty and be sure to eat food.

(You can read tips 4-7 on her website)

We’ve hiked the canyon, including hiking the South Kalibab Trail, on many occasions and feel Chelsea has done an incredible job showcasing the trek awaiting those looking for an incredible hike.


Click Here read the rest of Chelsea’s Tips and her thorough description of the South Kalibab Trail.

All images used in the post are copyright© Chelsea Alves and sunkissedhiker.com.

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About the Author
Mitch Stevens has been leading hiking and backpacking outings throughout the southwest for over ten years. As a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer, he has promoted the enjoyment and conservation of our remaining wild lands. Born and raised in New York City, Mitch came to discover the great outdoors and fall in love with Arizona’s special places. Through his countless trips across the state and region, Mitch made it his mission to encourage fellow hikers and enthusiasts to protect the beauty of the desert. Now, he continues to embrace his fascination with the desert beauty by creating and leading multigenerational tours throughout the southwest. His experience coupled with his passion for the great outdoors make him a unique tour guide and outings leader.

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