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Bill Hall Trail

  • Plaque at the beginning of Bill Hall Trail
  • One of our favorite North Rim trails
  • Headed out on the Bill Hall Trail


  • This backcountry trail is located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon.
  • It junctions with trails leading to Thunder River and Deer Creek.
  • Though challenging and steep, the payoff is spectacular Grand Canyon views. 

Bill Hall Trail


The Bill Hall Trail is a wilderness trail near Monument Point on the North Rim of Grand Canyon. The trail is an alternative to the Indian Hollow Trail for those headed to Thunder River or Deer Creek. The trailhead is near the paring area of Monument Point via a series of Forest Service roads. Enter the gate and hike uphill to Monument Point. Be sure to take the short spur to a stone marker and plaque honoring Bill Hall, a park ranger for whom the trail is named. From the point, continue approximately one quarter mile to a rock cairn marking the trail's descent into Grand Canyon. Although shorter than the Indian Hollow Trail, the Bill Hall is more difficult and rocky. It drops approximately 2,000 feet over two miles of switchbacks with loose footing. After a couple of switchbacks, there is a section that can be challenging while wearing a backpack. Some hikers find it easier to lower packs a short distance by rope. 
The trail continues to switchback down to an area known as the Esplanade with its unusual rock formations and smoothly worn surface. After wet weather, indentions in this formation may be filled with water but do not rely on this. Hikers making a multi day loop to Thunder River and Deer Creek will be wise to cache water bottles on the esplanade for the hike out, thus avoiding the necessity of carrying extra water up from far below. This section is much easier going than the upper portion of the trail and leads to the junction with Thunder River Trail. 
Remember this is a wilderness trail and hikers must be completely self sufficient and in good physical condition. Obtain the proper permits from the Backcountry Office at Grand Canyon well in advance of the hike and check for updates on trail conditions as well as driving instructions for the trailhead. This hike is best done in late spring and early fall.

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