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Overview: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.


Hike: 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
Description 39 Triplogs  2 Topics
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,060 feet
Elevation Gain -1,790 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.53
Author HAZ_Hikebot
Descriptions 12,203
Routes 9,561
Photos 19
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
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Location Hike, AZ .com
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Viewed All Mine Following
8  2016-10-28
Deer Creek - Tapeats - Thunder River Loop
joebartels
20  2016-10-12 friendofThunderg
15  2015-10-28
Thunder River / Deer Creek Loop
autumnstars
44  2015-10-26
Deer Creek / Thunder River AZ
Barrett
69  2015-10-09
Thunder River / Deer Creek Loop
ddgrunning
15  2014-10-25 joebartels
19  2014-10-25
Bill Hall - Deer Crk - Thunder River - Tapeats
johnlp
22  2014-10-16
Deer Creek / Thunder River
Tough_Boots
44  2014-10-16
Deer Creek / Thunder River
chumley
53  2014-10-16
Deer Creek / Thunder River
BiFrost
30  2014-10-16
Deer Creek / Thunder River
John9L
59  2013-11-02
Deer Creek/Thunder River Loop
Dave1
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Historical Weather
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Map - Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon NP
Forest Kaibab
Backpack   Possible & Connecting
Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:48am - 7:19pm
Dogs not allowed
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Tapeats Creek
0.0 mi away
20.7 mi
6,836 ft
Bridgers Knoll
1.4 mi away
Crazy Jug Canyon
2.2 mi away
Tapeats Spring
3.3 mi away
6.2 mi
1,690 ft
Deer Creek Trail - GC
3.5 mi away
3.1 mi
139 ft
Middle Fork of Deer Creek
3.5 mi away
20.0 mi
6,000 ft
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Fauna
Bighorn Sheep
Geology
Cave popcorn
Meteorology
Sunset
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Bridgers Knoll
Cogswell Butte
Deer Creek
Great Thumb Mesa
Monument Point
Navajo Bridge
Tapeats Creek
Thunder Spring
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Overview: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.


Hike: 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

Gate Policy: 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.

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One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To Monument Point Trailhead
Jumping off point is Forest Road (FR) 22 located off of Highway 89A, just few miles east of the small town
of Fredonia, AZ. From FR 22 you will be turning onto FR 425. If you are heading to Indian Hollow and the
Thunder River trailhead, then turn onto FR 232 (this road ends at the trailhead). If you are heading for Bill
Hall trailhead, then continue further down FR 425 until you come to FR 292. FR 292 turns into FR 292A
and ends at the Bill Hall trailhead. Alternate access to FR 22 is from Demotte Park off of Highway 67.
During the winter and early spring deep snow and mud on the North Rim might close access roads and
cut off vehicle access to the trailheads.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 349 mi - about 7 hours 22 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 454 mi - about 8 hours 52 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 203 mi - about 5 hours 14 mins
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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