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South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point

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Distance
6.12 mi
Elevation gain
2,799 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
2,799 ft
Max elevation
7,217 ft
TrailRank 
54
Min elevation
5,179 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
4 hours 42 minutes
Coordinates
923
Uploaded
November 28, 2020
Recorded
July 2017
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near Grand Canyon, Arizona (United States)

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What to write about the respect and excitement you feel when taking the first step and starting to enter the most famous canyon in the world. We started the route around 7:30 am, expecting that terrible heat that the park rangers describe to you and that you read on internet pages and travel guides. Nobody advises reaching the Colorado River and going up in the same day, at least in summer, but it is what everyone, or at least we, wanted. Going down is very easy and respect for the climb and, above all, the increasingly intense heat make us finish our descent at Skeleton Point. We feel that, although not up close, we have been able to see the river and supply, in some way, that desire to reach the depths of the canyon. The ascent gives us the gift of seeing the mules ascending from the same river, while we meet more people as we go up. During the route we spoke with a charming ranger who voluntarily warns hikers of the dangers of going deep into the canyon and who is counting the people going down and those going up. The passion and good care that Americans can offer is impressive. An exquisite park management, which I wish we could also have in some parks in Europe. We finally reached the starting point, feeling that the route has not been as hard as we anticipated and that, perhaps, we could have gone down a bit more. We know that stopping and going back in time has allowed us to enjoy the route and we hope, one day, to be able to reach the river, perhaps spend a night and come back up the Bright Angel Trail. What a wonderful park!

Waypoints

PictographPanorama Altitude 5,207 ft
Photo ofViews to the River

Views to the River

PictographPanorama Altitude 5,203 ft
Photo ofSkeleton Point

Skeleton Point

PictographPanorama Altitude 6,621 ft
Photo ofOoh Aah Point Photo ofOoh Aah Point

Ooh Aah Point

PictographPanorama Altitude 6,089 ft
Photo ofCedar Ridge

Cedar Ridge

PictographPanorama Altitude 7,205 ft
Photo ofTrailhead

Trailhead

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