Hikers originally accessed Thunder River, Tapeats Creek, and Deer Creek via the trail from Indian Hollow, but the Bill Hall Trail east of Monument Point offers a 2.5 mile shortcut and, as a result, has become the primary trailhead.
Pass through the gate at the end of FR 292A and follow the rim west toward Monument Point. As the trail rises toward the point watch for cairns marking the place the trail leaves the rim and enters the canyon. The trail drops steeply through the Kaibab and Toroweap Formations north of Bridgers Knoll, then contours northwest to the Coconino descent west of Monument Point.
Many switchbacks provide passage through the Coconino Sandstone and on to a small drainage leading down to the Esplanade and the junction with the Thunder River Trail from Indian Hollow. A short rope may be useful to lower the packs at a short (15 feet) scramble.
Segments to Consider:
Monument Point TH (7060 ft) to...
|Thunder River Junction, AY9 (5400 ft)||2.5 mi|
|Surprise Valley, AM9 (3600 ft)||7.0 mi|
|Upper Tapeats Camp, AW7 (2400 ft)||9.5 mi|
|Lower Tapeats, AW8 at River (1950 ft)||11.5 mi|
|Deer Creek Campsite, AX7 ft)||9.5 mi|
|Deer Creek Falls and River (1950 ft)||10.5 mi|
If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.One-Way Notice:
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