Thunder River Trail

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Thunder River Trail
Length 17.7 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 point North Rim, 6,400 ft (2,000 m)
Lowest point Colorado River, 2,000 ft (610 m)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Strenuous
Season Early 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.

Hiking walking as a hobby, sport, or leisure activity

Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word "walking" is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps. The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling, hillwalking, and fell walking. The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.

Trail path with a rough beaten or dirt/stone surface used for travel

A trail is usually a path, track or unpaved lane or road. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland path or footpath is the preferred term for a walking trail. The term is also applied, in North America, to routes along rivers, and sometimes to highways. In the US, the term was historically used for a route into or through wild territory used by emigrants. In the USA "trace" is a synonym for trail, as in Natchez Trace. Some trails are single use and can only be used for walking, cycling, horse riding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing; others, as in the case of a bridleway in the UK, are multi-use, and can be used by walkers, cyclists and equestrians. There are also unpaved trails used by dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles and in some places, like the Alps, trails are used for moving cattle and other livestock.

Grand Canyon National Park national park of the United States in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World. The park, which covers 1,217,262 acres of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties, received more than six million recreational visitors in 2017, which is the second highest count of all American national parks after Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

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Description

Length (mi) Elv (ft) Location Connecting trails Water
0 6400 Trailhead None None
7 5350 Trail Junction Bill Hall Trail Seasonal
14 3650 Trail Junction Deer Creek Trail Seasonal
17 2000 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]

National Park Service United States federal agency

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management, while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

Tapeats Creek creek in Arizona, USA

Tapeats Creek is a creek located entirely within the Grand Canyon National Park. It flows southwest from its source near the North Rim of the canyon to the Colorado River at the base of the canyon. It was named by the Second Powell Expedition in the winter of 1871–1872 for a Southern Paiute Indian who claimed ownership of the stream. It contributes the largest amount of water to the Colorado of any tributary on the north side within the Grand Canyon.

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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.
  3. "Thunder River Trail Limited". Arizona Daily Sun. Flagstaff. May 26, 1962. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via Newspapers.com. Lock-green.svg

See also

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

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