Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Bill Hall Trail

From the dirt parking lot at the trailhead, the trail heads west and dips below the rim into the park. The trail makes several short, steep switchbacks during its descent through the upper canyon rock layers. In the Coconino Sandstone, the trail is at its steepest. There are numerous boulders, some very large, that require care to detour around or climb over. Some portions of this descent may require lowering of backpacks prior to downclimbing.

After 2 miles (3 km) of steep descent, the trail levels off along the Esplanade Sandstone until the junction with the Thunder River Trail. This junction marks the lower terminus of the trail.


The trail begins at Monument Point along the north rim of the canyon on the boundary of the National Park, about 20 miles (32 km) west of the park services at North Rim, Arizona. Access to the trailhead is over 35 miles (56 km) of forest roads made of graded dirt, and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for travel in the area.