Thunder River and Tapeats Creek Trail

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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 waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
22.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
7276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

river

views

waterfall

rocky

no dogs

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.

backpacking
10 months ago

10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

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.