South Kaibab Trail

 
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Here are a few photos showing the South Kaibab Trail as seen from one of the Grand Canyon observation points.  (Description of Grand Canyon hike here.)

I was surprised to find that Google Maps has a great contour map of the Grand Canyon trails.

The photo above shows the South Kaibab Trail descending diagonally down the rock face below Yaki point.  You can see a couple switchbacks on the far left.

In the photo above you can see some switchbacks on the right.  If you click on the photo to view the larger image you can make out the Cedar Ridge outhouse a little to the left of the center of the photo.  Looks like there's another building there, but I don't know what it is.

In the photo above the South Kaibab Trail is mostly on the other side of the ridge line.  You can't tell from the photo, but the trail briefly follows the ridge in what I'll call the "saddle" in the photo; after that, the trail descends on the other side of O'Neil Butte (far left).

Again, it's not possible to tell from the above photo, but after emerging from behind O'Neill Butte, the trail follows the top of the ridge on the far left of the photo.

Above photo:  The trail follows that ridge line, then ducks behind that mound.  If you enlarge the photo you can see the trail emerge on the other side, where it descends gradually to Skeleton Point.  From Skeleton Point the trail descends in a series of switchbacks that cannot be seen in the above photo.

 



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