South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

Ask Me: Can You Recommend a Big Dayhike in the Grand Canyon?

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Hi Michael!

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?

What is total distance from South Kaibab to Grandview Point?

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4 Responses to Ask Me: Can You Recommend a Big Dayhike in the Grand Canyon?

  1. Paul   |  May 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Michael! Great suggestion. My wife and I made this a overnight backpack and loved it. We were able to descend at first light, and that was really a special way to see the canyon awake! We spent the night above Grapevine Rapids, and cruised through day two taking a couple breaks, and topping out at Grandview with plenty of time to enjoy the sunset with the crowds. The switchbacks upto Horseshoe Mesa are a slog, but resting while overlooking Cottonwood Creek was worth the effort.

    • michaellanza   |  May 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Paul, an overnight from South Kaibab to Grandview Point is a really nice way to do this hike; gives you a wonderful night at Grapevine Creek. You’re making me want to go back there! Thanks for commenting.

  2. abqandrea   |  March 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Just in case anyone is going there soon (I think I missed spring break), I just did an awesome ~26 mile loop, nicknamed the “Hermit Marathon”, starting from Hermit’s Rest, going down that trail to meet up with Tonto, then over to and up Bright Angel. Went a reasonable pace and took 8 hours. The only water was near the campgrounds, and at the junction with Bright Angel. I think if you also did a river out and back at the Hermit/Tonto juncture it would be 30 miles.

    • MichaelALanza   |  March 30, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Very good suggestion, too. I backpacked that route some years back. Personally, I like the stretch from Grandview to the South Kaibab a little better because the Grandview and South Kaibab trails are arguably the two most scenic paths off the South Rim.

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