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Deer Creek/Thunder River Loop, AZ
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Deer Creek/Thunder River Loop, AZ 
Deer Creek/Thunder River Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 02 2013
Tortoise_Hiker
Backpack25.43 Miles 8,229 AEG
Backpack25.43 Miles2 Days         
8,229 ft AEG
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What a great trip. On the drive up we stopped at Jacobs Lake for a snack then saw one "sleeping deer", one Fox, and eleven Turkeys before getting to the trailhead. we hit the trail about 10:00am with Dave leading the way. Wasn't very long before the great views started and we were passed by a man named Gerhart from Germany. We would see him a few more times before our trip was over. There is so much to see from this loop that it is for sure one of my top hikes. The first day we saw the grand views from up top and the red rock and all the cool rock formations on the Esplanade. From there it was Surprise Valley more views and lunch. Next it was Deer Spring, Deer Creek, Deer Creek Narrows, and Deer Creek Falls. There were some good views of the Colorado and I believe the Granite Narrows upstream a little ways. From there Dave pointed out one sheep as we headed towards Tapeats Creek. We wound up hiking in the dark a couple hours as Dave proved to be a pretty good leader in the dark too. We wound up in camp around 8:00pm at the confluence of Tapeats Creek and the Colorado River. We set up our tents and cooked up some Mountain House. Dave surprised us with a cold beverage he brought for each of us. :thanx: I checked out the stars and shot the bull for a few then I was out. :zzz: I think everyone slept pretty good and we were on our way up Tapeats Creek by 8:00am. The creek was pretty cool and cool when we crossed it too. Preston let us use his Poles the couple times we crossed and it worked pretty well. From there it was up along Thunder River to right below the spring. Very cool section. A nice break here and we were on our way. Us two old guys left first so we didn't slow things down to much and we all met at the junction in Surprise Valley for lunch. We had a cache there and on the Esplanade which worked out good. With a break here and there it went pretty good climbing out. We even saw a Bighorn Sheep checking us out from the top. We finished a little before dark as did Gerhart. From there it was on to Jacobs Lake for a bacon cheeseburger and diet Pepsi. MmMm! A big thanks to Dave for planning such a great trip, Bruce for using his car, and Preston for being the nicest Hazer. You guy's made the trip even better and you even cracked me up from time to time :o :lol: . Good times and a trip I won't soon forget. :D :y:
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