Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Trail, Grand Canyon National Park: Address, Phone Number, Deer Creek Trail Reviews: 5/5

Deer Creek Trail
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RaktimRay
By RaktimRay
One of the Jewels of the Grand Canyon
Oct 2016
On any of the river adventures down the Colorado almost all boats will dock at the beach near Deer Creek Falls. This is one of the largest waterfalls shooting out of the canyons and will surely be a part of your rafting trip itinerary. If you are very lucky and go near the off season you may as well be able to make camp right on the opposite side of the falls (camping is not allowed fall side) and be able to enjoy the trail all by yourself. From the base of the falls starts the Deer Creek Trail. It starts off with a gentle slope giving way to a moderately steep incline, but you wont have to use your hands much. Some part of the trail requires the occasional grab and hold but overall its a relatively easy first part. Once at the top you will be greeted with mind bending views of the river from a high vantage point. But this is just half way on the trail. Next you move inwards into the canyon and here you have to encounter a bit of exposure. In one part you will have only a few inches worth of foothold with a dead drop below but its still good to go for the average hiker. Crossing this you reach a sort of flat land with a gentle stream flowing where you can dip your feet in or take a bath and just laze around and take an afternoon nap under the shade of trees and tapeats. This place is so secluded and pristine you will feel one with nature and completely disconnected from the outside world. Take a book or a pair of headphones depending on how you relax best and just let your troubles wash away. Try and keep a minimum of an hour in your hands there. The way back is exactly the same way you came up. Once down you can wash up under the falls. It one the most refreshing showers ever especially considering you have been on the river for days. Plus the water is warmer than the Colorado. For added thrill try to get under the falls. It may seem like your head will explode but trust me it wont. It will be well worth it. Ensure you ask your river runner if this is part of your itinerary because it absolutely must be. The only way i know to access this trail is through a river trip.

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RaktimRay
Singapore, Singapore1,474 contributions
One of the Jewels of the Grand Canyon
Oct 2016 • Friends
On any of the river adventures down the Colorado almost all boats will dock at the beach near Deer Creek Falls. This is one of the largest waterfalls shooting out of the canyons and will surely be a part of your rafting trip itinerary. If you are very lucky and go near the off season you may as well be able to make camp right on the opposite side of the falls (camping is not allowed fall side) and be able to enjoy the trail all by yourself. From the base of the falls starts the Deer Creek Trail. It starts off with a gentle slope giving way to a moderately steep incline, but you wont have to use your hands much. Some part of the trail requires the occasional grab and hold but overall its a relatively easy first part. Once at the top you will be greeted with mind bending views of the river from a high vantage point. But this is just half way on the trail. Next you move inwards into the canyon and here you have to encounter a bit of exposure. In one part you will have only a few inches worth of foothold with a dead drop below but its still good to go for the average hiker. Crossing this you reach a sort of flat land with a gentle stream flowing where you can dip your feet in or take a bath and just laze around and take an afternoon nap under the shade of trees and tapeats. This place is so secluded and pristine you will feel one with nature and completely disconnected from the outside world. Take a book or a pair of headphones depending on how you relax best and just let your troubles wash away. Try and keep a minimum of an hour in your hands there. The way back is exactly the same way you came up. Once down you can wash up under the falls. It one the most refreshing showers ever especially considering you have been on the river for days. Plus the water is warmer than the Colorado. For added thrill try to get under the falls. It may seem like your head will explode but trust me it wont. It will be well worth it. Ensure you ask your river runner if this is part of your itinerary because it absolutely must be. The only way i know to access this trail is through a river trip.
Written 11 April 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dremmettdc
Cedar City, UT430 contributions
One of the highlights of the Grand Canyon
Nov 2015 • Friends
I have been to this gorgeous oasis twice. The first time we did the 31 mile Thunder River/Deer Creek Loop. We did this hike in three days which did not allow any time for exploration. I went back specifically to do Deer Creek in November of 2015. While we planned for a 3 day trip, it was colder than we expected and did it two. All the way in, in a day and down to the falls for a couple of hours. Then all the way back out in a day - that was rough!!!
Written 30 July 2016
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oldbarney1
Centennial, CO223 contributions
Incredible - Favorite Hike During 9 Day Grand Canyon Rafting Trip
Jun 2016 • Couples
We did a 9 Day Grand Canyon Rafting Trip with Canyon Explorations (CAN-X). This hike was our favorite. The guides appeared to do this hike differently. We started upstream at Piano Rock (see picture). Piano Rock looks like an upright piano. The hike to the Patio was about 2 miles. We went in early June so the hike became hot very quickly in the morning. You traverse along the river and rise about 800 ft. You scramble through granite and limestone rocks. You go across a 4 foot wide overhang with a 80 foot drop to another ledge below. Once we got to the highest point of the hike you have a great view of the deer creek meadow. At this point we headed down to the patio. The patio is a large area. My wife and I took a nice nap on the patio and watched lizards nearby. There are pools on the patio and a small waterfall to cool off in upstream of the creek. After a rest at the patio we hiked down to the river. This is where the incredible hike gets to be memorable. When you get back to the Colorado River there is a 100 foot plus waterfall in front of you. This is Deer Creek Waterfall. It is powerful. The pool is accessible and we actually fought the splashing water and wind and were able to touch the rock wall behind the falls. Do this!!! You will not be disappointed!!!!
Written 25 June 2016
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Dean L
Jackson, MS257 contributions
Stunning - If You Can get There
Jul 2015 • Couples
Like most of the side hike attractions in the Grand Canyon, Deer Creek is positively stunning. The one thing it seems nobody ever mentions though, is what it takes to get there! It's like you just jump off the raft and rub through the canyon. Nooooooo! First you must hike UP a very steep trail way above the river and like most trails in the canyon, it's not "improved" so you make your way over rocks and along cliffs. I loved it but my wife had to stay on the raft and couldn't go as she couldn't hike up the initial trail.
Written 24 June 2016
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Robert V
Sahuarita, AZ169 contributions
One of the gems of the canyon
Apr 2015 • Solo
This steep hike up from the river is well rewarded with the scene before you. The views from the top of the redwall are stunning up and down river, then you walk a little more and you get to the wider area of the deer creek gorge known as "the patio" with its multitude of water falls and scenes. You keep hiking beyond that and you find yourself in a widening, green, verdant valley with many different destinations an easy walk ahead. Truly stunning scenery.
Written 21 April 2015
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