Havasui falls hike
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This being my first blog I am starting out with a short three day trip that Ann and I plus two neighbors(ED AND SHIRLEY) did last summer. I think a number of people will find it interesting or at least hope so.
I love telling people about this hike since Supai(the closest town to the waterfalls) is so isolated on an Indian reservation in northern Az that the only way to get there is a 8-9 mile hike-horseback or helicopter. They still get their daily mail via horse or mule trains--Supplies for store by helicopter
Ann and I own a 29 ft. moterhome so we hooked our Honda CRV on to the back of it and we all loaded into the moterhome and leaft early one morning last summer (about this time) Drove about 5 hours to Williams and sit up camp in a RV park.
ED and I planned to leave around 6:00 Am so went to bed fairly early . Four people in a 29 ft Rv is confining to many people but Ann and I have been in much more confined spaces with others but not everyone rely enjoys this but Ed and Shirley were fine with it.
We got up next Am and Ann cooked us a great breakfast and we were away by 7:00 Took us three hours to get to trailhead.
The hike to the village is basically all downhill for about 8 miles then the first two waterfalls about 2 miles beyond the village . The good thing about this hike for those who do not like sleeping in tents and do not want to carry a big pack is that their is actually a motel the Indians have in the village--Not exacactly a Hilton but was clean with two double beds and air-conditioning so not exactlly roughing it.
We hiked through desert for 6 miles then all of sudden there was a small -very blue -river flowing from another canyon in your path--found out later it was the high limestone content to the rocks that made water so blue. About 2 miles further came to outskirts of village. I was suprised how many horses were there but of course with all the water why not. Due to springs the river kept getting larger.
We got to motel and left our packs but took Tevas and swimming suits and hiked two miles to the first two falls, Navaho falls were the water seemed to come out of the walls of the canyon and then Havasu Falls which seems to be the most known falls.
After swimming Ed was too tired to go to third Falls , Mooney Falls which is another two mile roundtrip but I went on down to it and was not dissapointed.
That night we slept well. If doing this again( and do plan on it) I would suggerst hiking down one day--swim--spend next day going on down to Mooney falls plus another fall about 3-4 miles further thenspen night in motel and hke out on third day.
Hike was harder coming out esp since I had gotten blisters the first day--did not even realize it until we started to leave the next morning-We still made it out in 4 hours
For those who think hike may be too hard you can have mules or horses carry your stuff in or you can actually take a helicopter if they have room.
Most people should be able to do the hike- Ed is 66 and plays a Lot Of Tennis and I am 67 and do walk 4-5 miles 4-6 days a week but am not a health nut--
I do not know how to add websites with info but if interested just do google search for havasu falls and can get all info on cost and facilities ect