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Bill Hall Trail, AZ

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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
Backpack Possible & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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3  2020-06-12
Bridgers Knoll
30  2019-11-09 bretinthewild
16  2018-09-30 friendofThunderg
34  2018-09-19 The_Dude
8  2016-10-28
Deer Creek - Tapeats - Thunder River Loop
20  2016-10-12 friendofThunderg
15  2015-10-28
Thunder River / Deer Creek Loop
44  2015-10-26
Deer Creek / Thunder River AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:50pm
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Popular Shorcut
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Likely In-Season!
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

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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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2008-03-15 HAZ_Hikebot
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking 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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Map Drive
High Clearance possible when dry

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
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