My sisters Paula Goodell and Laura Engler joined me for a very|
memorable hike down the Bill Hall trail to Thunder River,
the Colorado River and Deer Creek August 5 - 14, 2000.
All photos taken by Paula Goodell....
with the exception of those containing Paula...
which were taken by Laura Engler
Without their efforts these pages would not have been possible......
I took this hike 4 years ago and the campgrounds at Deer Creek are no longer the same.
There must have been a flash flood earlier this year that washed out the campgrounds
and knocked down most of the dead cottonwoods that were
burned in the famous toliet paper fire several years ago.
(as described in the video that comes with a backcountry permit)
GETTING TO THE BILL HALL TRAIL HEAD
On the road again....
THE DESENT BEGINS
There was a fire....
that burned out of control....
on the North Rim....
bout 4 years back....
THE TRAIL TO THUNDER RIVER
Surprise Valley is in the background.
LOWER TAPETES AND THE HIKE TO DEER CREEK
Resting on the finial desent to the Colorado....
Some of the most interesting trails
are between the Upper Tapeats
and Lower Tapeats campgounds....
If you cross the creek the trail is
considerably easier (so I've been told).
UPPER DEER CREEK
Trail crossing over Dreer Creek....
DEER CREEK CAMPGROUND
Deer Creek campground....
If a flash flood occurs here...
You won't miss it....
Of course being on the bank would be wise!
MID DEER CREEK
Our favorite shower....
LOWER DEER CREEK
Looking down on the Colorado.
THE TRAIL OUT OF DEER CREEK
Surprise Valley.... It was hot...
so hot that we were not mentally alert....
lost the trail 5 times durring the day....
BACK TO MONUMENT POINT
A distant view of the parking lot....