00405 Grand Canyon Historic Kaibab Trail: Mules in Chimney
UNION PACIFIC WORK PARTY (SNOWBOUND ON N RIM ) WALKED TO ROARING SPRINGS & WERE MET BY A STRING OF SADDLE MULES FROM THE S RIM. TOPPING OUT S. KAIBAB TRAIL. 22 FEB 1937.
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Hikers seeking panoramic views unparalleled on any other trail at Grand Canyon will want to consider a hike down the South Kaibab Trail. It is the only trail at Grand Canyon National Park that so dramatically holds true to a ridgeline descent. But this exhilarating sense of exposure to the vastness of the canyon comes at a cost: there is little shade and no water for the length of this trail. During winter months, the constant sun exposure is likely to keep most of the trail relatively free of ice and snow. For those who insist on hiking during summer months, which is not recommended in general, this trail is the quickest way to the bottom (it has been described as "a trail in a hurry to get to the river"), but due to lack of any water sources, ascending the trail can be a dangerous proposition.
Read more by downloading the complete trail description here: www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/South_Kaibab_Trail.pdf