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Bill Hall

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An alternative start to the Thunder River Trail, more difficult but shaves ~2.5miles off the start.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

7,198' 2,194 m

High

5,433' 1,656 m

Low

174' 53 m

Up

1,785' 544 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

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Description

The historical point of access to the esplanade was via the gentler but longer Thunder River Trail. Nowadays, many hikers opt for the more challenging Bill Hall Trail, which shaves 2.5 miles off the hike. For the first mile, the Bill Hall Trail contours on the rim, actually ascending a bit before entering the canyon on the east side of Monument Point.

The trail drops steeply through the Kaibab and Toroweap Formations north of Bridgers Knoll, then contours northwest to the Coconino descent west of Monument Point. Many steep switchbacks provide passage through the Coconino Sandstone and on to a small drainage leading down to the Esplanade and the junction with the trail from Indian Hollow. A short rope may be useful to lower the packs at a short (15 feet) scramble. The descent from Indian Hollow is less demanding. It was originally designed as a stock trail and features a more reasonable gradient but requires extra walking.

Bill Hall was a seasonal park ranger on the North Rim who was killed in the line of duty (automobile accident) in 1979.

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Nicholas Shannon

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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From Monument Point! Amazing views!
May 26, 2016 near Fredonia, AZ
Descent from Monument Point on the Bill Hall Trail
Oct 17, 2017 near Fredonia, AZ

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May 1, 2019
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40mi — 74h 00m
Jun 12, 2018
David Barnett
Mar 24, 2018
Josh Korac
For the Grand Canyon class. Did the bill hall/Indian hollow lollipop loop 2.5mi
Feb 4, 2018
Jordan Lewis
Apr 16, 2015
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