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Deer Creek / Thunder River, AZ
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Deer Creek / Thunder River, AZ 
Deer Creek / Thunder River, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 16 2014
BiFrost
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Chumley offered up this GC gem that I couldn't refuse and we were off to Deer Creek-Thunder River. We did the loop from Bill Hall TH and once at Surprise Valley headed down towards Deer Creek area. First we hit Deer Spring for much needed break as the afternoon heat was starting to take it's toll. Then on to camp at Deer Creek and had enough time to check out the Deer Creek Narrows and falls in the afternoon. Awesome area to spend an afternoon before returning to camp.

Day 2 some went back to Deer Creek for another look while the rest enjoyed the patio narrows before taking the route over to Tapeats Creek. The route climbs out of Deer Creek traversing above the Colorado before it eventually drops down. It follows the Colorado for a bit before reaching Tapeats Creek. Short break there and we continued steeply above Tapeats on a bypass for the first mile above the creek. Eventually reached our camp for 2 nights at Upper Tapeats early enough for some of the group to hit Thunder River area before night fall. Another great destination to spend a few hours!

Day 3 was sort of a off day with the group heading to various destinations....Tapeats Cave, Colorado, and Thunder River. After another relaxing day in the canyon we spent another night in the same location before making an early exit out of camp for the rim. Tough hike out from 2400 to 7200 feet but awesome views as always which even included sweet sunrise on Thunder River falls.

Thanks Chumley for putting this trip together :D
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