Thunder River Trail

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Thunder River Trail
Length17.7 mi (28.5 km)
Location Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
Trailheads Colorado River
Indian Hollow, Grand Canyon North Rim
Use Hiking
Backpacking
Elevation
Elevation change 4,400 ft (1,300 m)
Highest pointNorth Rim, 6,400 ft (2,000 m)
Lowest point Colorado River, 2,000 ft (610 m)
Hiking details
Trail difficultyStrenuous
SeasonEarly Spring to
Late Fall
Sights Grand Canyon
Colorado River
Thunder River
Tapeats Creek
Hazards Severe Weather
Overexertion
Dehydration
Flash Flood

The Thunder River Trail is a hiking trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona.

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Description

Length (mi)Elv (ft)LocationConnecting trailsWater
06400TrailheadNoneNone
75350Trail Junction Bill Hall Trail Seasonal
143650Trail Junction Deer Creek Trail Seasonal
172000 Colorado River Colorado River Trail Perennial

History

The upper portions of the trail were originally built in 1876 when rumors of placer gold led speculators to need a way into the area. [1] Further trail work was performed beginning in 1925 under the US Forest Service and continued under the National Park Service with the final sections to Tapeats Creek completed in 1939. [2] The trail was closed to all motorized vehicles effective July 1, 1962 due to safety concerns for both vehicle riders and hikers. [3]

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References

  1. Roos, Constance (2012). The Grand Canyon: with Bryce and Zion Canyons in America's South West. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN   9781849656580.
  2. "THUNDER RIVER TRAIL". asu.edu. Retrieved 30 April 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Thunder River Trail Limited". Arizona Daily Sun. Flagstaff. May 26, 1962. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via Newspapers.com.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Lock-green.svg

See also

Coordinates: 36°23′31″N112°27′02″W / 36.39194°N 112.45056°W / 36.39194; -112.45056