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Thunder River loop, AZ
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Thunder River loop, AZ 
Thunder River loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2021
ultrazona
Hiking13.00 Miles 4,260 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles4 Days         
4,260 ft AEG
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1st trip
Fall colors popping on the rim. Did loop clockwise. Lots of pools on Espande. Attempted hike up Tapeats to cave, but ran out of time (overgrown/slow going), probably need the better part of a day. Thunder River Trail, Deer Creek Trail and parts of Tapeats Creek have washouts and need some repair. Took full lower route from lower Tapeats to Deer Creek. One section of lower route (past Western junction with Upper Route) has a narrow ledge and exposure (see photos). All toilets at mass capacity! Lots of road closures in area, consult FS before planning route. Route from Fredonia in great shape.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Light below the rim. Peaking up took in areas.
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