Tag Archives: South Kaibab Trail
By Michael Lanza
Are you ready to step up to the next level of adventure? The 29-mile, four-day hike from Grandview Point to the South Kaibab Trailhead is a classic, and not as popular as other Big Ditch backpacking trips. It features infinite views of deep chasms and soaring towers from arguably to two most scenic trails on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim—the Grandview and South Kaibab trails—and a traverse of the gentler Tonto Plateau, with mind-blowing panoramas stretching from the canyon rims to the Colorado River. Continue reading →
Jerry and I and the boys are meeting my parents in the Grand Canyon for the first couple days of our spring break. Jerry and I want to do a big dayhike. We have already done rim-to-rim-to-rim and all varieties associated with those three trails.
So, we’re considering doing the South Kaibab to Grandview Trail (via the Tonto Trail) or vice versa. Thoughts? It would be a long day trip. Curious which direction we should do it and what else must we know? Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
How many outdoor trips do you have on the calendar for 2014 already? I have three, with five more in active planning stages. For me, this is the time of year for pulling out maps and guidebooks and poring over my list of adventures I want to take. My document slugged “Trip Ideas” is now 13,423 words long—and growing. I need to get busy.
If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year. Continue reading →
Whether you backpack it or hike it in one very long day, trekking across the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim and back is one of our National Park System’s greatest adventures. Check out this gallery of photos for inspiration, and then read my story about a 44.5-mile, 11,000-vertical-foot, rim-to-rim-to-rim dayhike, which provides plenty of trip-planning information for backpackers, too.
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I have enjoyed reading the stories and information on The Big Outside. I see that you successfully trekked the Grand Canyon r2r2r (rim to rim to rim) hike. I’m impressed. I’ve also been reading through your gear reviews and am hoping that you can make recommendations to me. My husband and I are planning to hike in the Grand Canyon next fall with a group of friends. Continue reading →