Havasui falls hike

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start of the trip down into canyon--Ed my friend

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.

Mail delivery at top of canyon
. Our first business was to get Ann and Shirley reservations on a train to the Grand Canyon the next day as they were not doing the hike.  The RV park was able to do this for us so no problem.  They did not want to do the hike but had heard about the trainride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Their trip would be a completly different blog but for now I can tell you they certainly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

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.

Mail delivary passes us on way to waterfalls
  When we got there a large number of vehicals and some RV in parking lot but just saw about 5-6 people.  We were on trail 15 min . later.  We each had a small day pack with water for two days and lunch for one day as we were coming out the next day--What you take in with you needs to come out with you.  The small Indian Village even muletrains its trash out

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.

Havasu falls
  Is also has small store and a restraunt where can get hambergers, fries and make sure get Indian FRY BREAD

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.

Havasui falls walking from top to bottom
  Really needed the Tevas to get into water but once in was wonderfull as we were hot and sweaty. I have pictures I hope show up well as to me this is a beautifull place

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.

Havasui falls 3
  Ann has talked of hiking down with me and taking helicopter out.  Not particularlly for me yet but can see how can appeal to some and the trip would be worth it but certainly cost more and could not bragg about doing the whole thing.

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

 

jenn79 says:
This was SO HELPFUL - thank you for writing about this!
Posted on: Jan 15, 2010
jmarti134 says:
nice write up, putting everything into perspective and all
Posted on: May 07, 2008
thenewextrememimi says:
This looks so cool! I'm going to Scottsdale in November with my company and sneaking out for the weeekend, starting Saturday morning. I definitely want to see some of the sites up north, do a hike, etc. Any suggestions besides this one (I'm seriously thinking about doing this hike, it sounds awesome!)?
Posted on: Oct 08, 2007
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start of the trip down into canyon…
start of the trip down into canyo…
Mail delivery at top of canyon
Mail delivery at top of canyon
Mail delivary passes us on way to …
Mail delivary passes us on way to…
Havasu falls
Havasu falls
Havasui falls walking from top to …
Havasui falls walking from top to…
Havasui falls 3
Havasui falls 3
Mooney falls
Mooney falls
Mooney falls
Mooney falls
mooney falls
mooney falls
Reached bottom of canyon now 5 mil…
Reached bottom of canyon now 5 mi…
typical trail-easy walking
typical trail-easy walking
deeper into canyon
deeper into canyon
More mail call
More mail call
guess put in twice--go straight an…
guess put in twice--go straight a…
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Navaho falls
Indian Village
Indian Village
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