Thunder River and Tapeats Creek Trail is a 22.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.
Thunder River Trail - Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) is a 25 mile out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a river. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking & rock climbing.
From the mouth of Thunder River/Tapeats Creek, this was an all day hike with a strenuous uphill climb. Not everyone in the group that attempted the hike made it to the spring, where Thunder River gushes full-force from a crack in the rock face. The highlight of the trip was soaking my head in the cascading water just below the springs. It is dramatic if not highly scenic. The trail itself is not highly shaded and, in one flat, passes through a cactus garden. There are no river camps at the confluence with the Colorado River, so we camped about a half mile upstream and then spent the next night at Owl Eyes Camp, almost within sight of the river side trailhead.