Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

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Start Date 2016-10-28
 
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Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by Dave1 »

Deer Creek/Thunder River Loop, October 28th to 30th. First night at Deer Creek and second night at Upper Tapeats. Total mileage is around 26 over 3 days. So far there's 3 of us (Preston, Joe, Me) going but I'd like to add 1 or 2 more. The catch is you need to have a vehicle that can get to the trailhead.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by autumnstars »

Nice route, and a good time of year for it. Have fun!
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by azbackpackr »

@Dave1
I'll be on the river, but I'm not sure what date we'll probably hike the loop up Tapeats Creek, across Surprise Valley and down Deer Creek. At least, my group is planning to hike the loop. I've been nursing a metatarsal stress fracture. So, I will hike it if I can. Anyway, if you see any river rats on the trail, you can ask if they're from my crew.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by rcorfman »

I'm interested in this. I imagine you're starting at Monument Point not Indian Hollow? Are you heading to the trailhead Thursday? So Joe does overnights after all.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by joebartels »

not much, 11 out of 3200 hikes or 0.0034%
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by Dave1 »

@rcorfman
I could do either trailhead. Whatever the group wants. Cranberry Route could be an option too. Or the middle fork of upper Deer Creek.
We should leave Phoenix early Friday morning.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by rcorfman »

Ok, I'm down for this and my daughter would like to join the party too. She's 23 and should be okay. She's not as fit as she'd like but she has light gear and should manage. So for her, my preference would be down/up Bill Hall Trail to shorten the distance. With that, there's still about 10 miles to Deer Creek plus the drive. It will be a long day.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by fan3992 »

Do we meet somewhere to carpool?
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by ddgrunning »

Wish I could join you. My trip there last year was definitely a highlight of my outdoors experience. A magical place.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by rcorfman »

@Dave1
Originally you asked for one or two more, but it's looking like three now. I know some of the campsites at Upper Tapeats aren't all that big. I don't know what they are like at Deer Creek though. Is six too many? Not sure how many you have on your permit now but figure this should be figured out before its changed. If six is too many, my daughter and I can step aside though I'd like to know sooner than later since she's a stylist and would like to know whether she can schedule clients for that weekend or not.

@fan3992
If Dave1 is okay with six, then I think it would be good for us to carpool and you'd be welcome to join my daughter and me. We live near I-17 and Happy Valley Rd.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

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@rcorfman
The permit I have is for five but I can call the BCO this week and see if they'll let me add one more. I have the group permit and the group permit for that use area is supposed to allow up to six, as I understand it. Are you still "interested" or are you ready to commit?
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by rcorfman »

@Dave1
Yes, we are planning on going. I talked to my daughter this morning and she wants to do this. I'll definitely pay you our fair share of the permit cost no matter the final number of us that actually go.

Thanks for offering this!
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by fan3992 »

What is the route we are going to hike? I can find out to download to my GPS. Thx.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by azbackpackr »

@Dave1
I'm looking at dates, river miles, etc.Still thinking there's a good chance we'll be there when you are. We'll be four round rafts, two catarafts and 4 kayaks. Still don't think I'll be hiking much, foot still hurts. The rest of my crew hiking the loop up Tapeats, across Surprise & down Deer.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by Dave1 »

@fan3992
It should look similar to this one:

http://hikearizona.com/map.php?GPS=25256
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by PrestonSands »

@azbackpackr I will keep an eye out for you and your crew. Have not seen you in years, Elizabeth!
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by azbackpackr »

@PrestonSands
That would be fun!
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

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@Dave1
Thx.
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by azbackpackr »

@Dave1
@PrestonSands
@joebartels
I saw Frankie (VolcanoCLMBR) at Deer Creek Patio on Sat. Oct. 29. He and his pals had not seen your group, but said they would say "hi" from me if they did. I had a wonderful river trip. 24 days, lots of adventures. Did you see them?
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Re: Deer Creek/Thunder River 10/28-30

Post by joebartels »

@azbackpackr
we crossed paths with several large groups, expected to see Frankie but didn't
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