The hike is best started at the South Kaibab Trailhead; elevation 7220 feet. The trail goes steadily down to the bottom of the Canyon. Time needs to be allotted, on this section, to see the outstanding vistas along the way. In 4.6 miles you'll reach the junction with the West Tonto trail (Elevation 4070 feet), at which point you'll turn left onto the Tonto Trail. There are washrooms just a short way past this junction. There is no water on the Kaibab or the Tonto trail, so bring at least 3 liters; more on hot days. The Tonto trail follows generally just above the canyon floor, for a distance of 4.3 miles (8.9 miles in total), at which point you join the Bright Angel Trail. In .3 miles you will enter the Indian Gardens. This is the first location to acquire fresh drinking water, and you will need to fill your containers before heading up the hill on the Bright Angel Trail. In another 1.1 miles you start the 56 switchbacks over 4.4 miles and 2675 foot gain, to reach the Bright Angel Trailhead near the Bright Angel Lodge. The total distance from Kaibab Trailhead is 14.7 miles or 24.8 KM, with a cumulative elevation gain of 3620 feet (1140 M) and cumulative loss of 3990 feet (1265 M).
From the Bright Angel Lodge take the Village Loop Drive east to South Entrance Road. Follow South Entrance past the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to highway 64 (Desert View Drive). Turn left onto Hwy 64 and follow to Yaki Point road, t=on the left. Take Yaki Point Road to the South Kaibab Trailhead at the first left. These directions provide the most scenic drive to the trailhead. If coming from the south follow highway 64 to Yaki Point Road and turn right. Free shuttles are also available form a number of locations on the South Rim
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