The South Kaibab Trail descends into the Grand Canyon from near the Yaki Point overlook. The full trail drops 4,700 feet over a very steep and strenuous 7.3 mile route to the river that requires at least 2 days for a round trip. The park advises very strongly against attempting the trip in one day, but despite this, every year about 100+ young 20-something mostly male hikers must be rescued due to heat exhaustion, dehydration and other complicating factors.
Day hikers, however, can access the upper portion of the trail for some spectacular views. Short (though still strenuous!) hikes can be made to the Ooh-Aah point (3 miles round trip, 900 feet down, 900 feet up) and the nearby Cedar Ridge viewpoint (approximately 4 miles round trip, 1500 feet down, 1500 feet up).
This picture was taken half-way between Ooh-Aah and Cedar Ridge.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.