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Thunder Springs and Tapeats Canyon in Grand Canyon NP

The aim for our final week was to visit new territory to us on the northern side of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. We chose to try a loop hike, starting at the Indian Hollow trailhead and dropping down to Thunder River, before heading to the relatively popular Deer Creek and then to the Colorado River. From there we would hike along the river downstream off trail on rough bouldery terrain for about 7.5 miles to Kanab Canyon. We would then exit the Colorado and hike a long way up Kanab Creek then Jump Up Canyon, Sowats Canyon to reach the Jump Up-Nail trailhead. All that would be left then would be some jeep tracks and cross country over the wooded plateau back to Indian Hollow trailhead.
Day 1 Drying the tent at Kanab campsite
Day 1 Drying the tent at Kanab campsite
Day 1 Indian Hollow Trailhead after miles of dirt road south of Kanab
Day 1 Indian Hollow Trailhead after miles of dirt road south of Kanab
Day 1 Descent from Indian Hollow down to the Esplanade
Day 1 Descent from Indian Hollow down to the Esplanade
Day 1 Descent to the Esplanade
Day 1 Descent to the Esplanade
Day 1 Pools on the Esplanade slickrock
Day 1 Pools on the Esplanade slickrock
Day 1 The Esplanade makes for great hiking in cool temperatures
Day 1 The Esplanade makes for great hiking in cool temperatures
Day 1 Crypto soil
Day 1 Crypto soil
Day 1 Esplanade
Day 1 Esplanade
Day 1 We meet the more popular Bill Hall trail
Day 1 We meet the more popular Bill Hall trail
Day 1 Esplanade
Day 1 Esplanade
Day 1 Surprise valley with an evening shower
Day 1 Surprise valley with an evening shower
Day 1 Looking down across Thunder River to Tapeats canyon
Day 1 Looking down across Thunder River to Tapeats canyon
Day 2 Camp in Surprise Valley
Day 2 Camp in Surprise Valley
Day 2 View past Thunder springs
Day 2 View past Thunder springs
Day 2 The sun hits Thunder springs
Day 2 The sun hits Thunder springs
Day 2 Morning light in Surprise Valley
Day 2 Morning light in Surprise Valley
Day 2
Day 2
Day 2 Surprise Valley
Day 2 Surprise Valley
Day 2 Descending to Deer Creek
Day 2 Descending to Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek
Day 2 Deer Creek hand print
Day 2 Deer Creek hand print
Day 2 Looking down from the top of Deer Creek falls ot the Colorado
Day 2 Looking down from the top of Deer Creek falls ot the Colorado
Day 2 Deer Creek Falls
Day 2 Deer Creek Falls
Day 2 hiking along the Colorado River
Day 2 hiking along the Colorado River
Day 2 Great water source in pothole above the Colorado
Day 2 Great water source in pothole above the Colorado
Day 2!
Day 2!
Day 2 Conglomerate cliff
Day 2 Conglomerate cliff
Day 2 The Colorado
Day 2 The Colorado
Day 2 Camp at Fishtail Canyon
Day 2 Camp at Fishtail Canyon
Day 2
Day 2
Day 2 Grinding stone near Fishtail Canyon
Day 2 Grinding stone near Fishtail Canyon
Day 2 Camp at Fishtail canyon
Day 2 Camp at Fishtail canyon
Day 3 Setting off down the Colorado River from Fishtail Canyon
Day 3 Setting off down the Colorado River from Fishtail Canyon
Day 3 Rafters float by down the Colorado River
Day 3 Rafters float by down the Colorado River
Day3 Weird rock intrusion - iron?
Day3 Weird rock intrusion - iron?
Day 3 Lunch at the junction of Kanab Canyon
Day 3 Lunch at the junction of Kanab Canyon
Day 3 Lower Kanab
Day 3 Lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Huge alcove in lower Kanab
Day 3 Typical Kanab canyon hiking and wading
Day 3 Typical Kanab canyon hiking and wading
Day 3 Kanab
Day 3 Kanab
Day 3 Kanab bouldering
Day 3 Kanab bouldering
Day 3 Kanab
Day 3 Kanab
Day 4 Camp at Scottys hollow in Kanab Canyon
Day 4 Camp at Scottys hollow in Kanab Canyon
Day 4 Kanab
Day 4 Kanab
Day 4 Kanab Showerbath spring
Day 4 Kanab Showerbath spring
Day 4 Kanab - abstract mud patterns
Day 4 Kanab - abstract mud patterns
Day 4 Kanab- The going gets a bit easier higher up
Day 4 Kanab- The going gets a bit easier higher up
Day 4 We exit into dry Jump Up canyon
Day 4 We exit into dry Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up had lots of fossils
Day 4 Jump Up had lots of fossils
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Jump Up canyon
Day 4 Sowats canyon
Day 4 Sowats canyon
Day 4 Sowats canyon dripping water seeps
Day 4 Sowats canyon dripping water seeps
Day 4 Sowats canyon
Day 4 Sowats canyon
Day 4 Sowats canyon hand prints near Mountain Sheep Spring
Day 4 Sowats canyon hand prints near Mountain Sheep Spring
Day 4 Testing the rock for campsites on the Esplanade- we didn't use this one
Day 4 Testing the rock for campsites on the Esplanade- we didn't use this one
Day 4 Our chosen campsite on the Esplanade- flashflood safe!
Day 4 Our chosen campsite on the Esplanade- flashflood safe!
Day 4 Our chosen campsite on the Esplanade
Day 4 Our chosen campsite on the Esplanade
Day 5 The sun is back in the morning!
Day 5 The sun is back in the morning!
Day 5 Esplanade hiking
Day 5 Esplanade hiking
Day 5 Cottonwood junction between Esplanade and climb out to trailhead
Day 5 Cottonwood junction between Esplanade and climb out to trailhead
Day 5 Looking down to Esplanade from trail up to Jump Up Nail Trailhead
Day 5 Looking down to Esplanade from trail up to Jump Up Nail Trailhead
Day 5 Back on the plateau! Jump Up Nail Trailhead
Day 5 Back on the plateau! Jump Up Nail Trailhead
Day 5 Dirt road back to Indian Hollow trailhead- and some snow in the air!
Day 5 Dirt road back to Indian Hollow trailhead- and some snow in the air!
Day 5 Hiking back on dirt road, jeep tracks and cross country- Juniper berries
Day 5 Hiking back on dirt road, jeep tracks and cross country- Juniper berries
Day 5 Completing the loop, what a trip! Back at Indian Hollow trailhead
Day 5 Completing the loop, what a trip! Back at Indian Hollow trailhead