Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail is a 22.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, Arizona that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
The Havasupai Indian Reservation is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but you cannot tell that from the scenery. From your very first step at the trailhead parking lot until your return at the end of your trip, you will be swiveling your head side to side to take it all in. The water is a turquoise blue/green and the perfect way to refresh the tired legs and back after the 12 mile trek down to the campground. Hitting the trail The parking lot at the trailhead is stunning to say the least. It is perched more than 1000 feet above the valley floor and provides one of the best vistas of the trip. The trail starts with a steep descent down the face of the box canyon to the valley floor by way of a series of switchbacks. If you have creaky knees, you will definitely feel this descent! Be on the lookout for the approaching mules. They have the right-of-way, and won't stop to wait for you to move to the side. Once you reach the valley floor, the trail bends to the north and follows the wash for 8 miles into the Indian town of Supai. Along the way, the canyon walls draw closer and the surroundings become more grand. You get a sense for the true size of the canyon walls when then tower hundreds of feet straight up as you make your way down the canyon. There is more shade in this narrow section of trail. The sun doesn't have the angle to penetrate the canyon and it helps to keep temperatures down. In this slot section ( which starts at about mile 7), you really need to watch for the mule packs. As they approach, move to the canyon wall side and not the cliff side. The wrong move could be disastrous as these animals move through. At the end of the slot section, it opens and the Havasu Creek comes in from the right side. As you cross the open expanse, following the trail as it curves to the left, you will hear the water for the first time. It comes into view as you enter the heavier vegetation. The town of Supai is close. You will follow the irrigation channel into Supai. The two miles following the town of Supai are packed with waterfalls, blue-green water, and tons of photo opportunities. It's just 2 miles to Havasu Falls from Supai. The campground and Mooney Falls are just beyond that.
Such a beautiful hike! We went the first week of April last year and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Pack light, hike early and be prepared for lots of hiking!
I did this hike in 2004, long before Instagram made it practically impossible to make reservations. It remains one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I have ever done, without question. The hike down can be a tad boring and difficult, especially if you are carrying all your camping supply. However, as soon as the trail meets up with the brilliant blue river and you feel the first breeze cooled by green vegetation and water, you quickly realize you are in a special place. Plan at least 3 nights and make sure to spend a day at Mooney Falls. The last mile of the hike out is tough sh*t, especially in the summer heat so make sure you wake up easily on the day of your hike out to beat the heat if you are hiking during the summer months.
Paradise! I loved every single minute of this place.
I wish I could give this 7 stars. I have traveled/hiked from SE Asia to Europe and THIS is one of the most amazing places I've been. There are many ways to do it. I've hiked and used the helicopter option (when I took my father down). Do your research on this one and GO.
Beautiful and breathtaking
One of the most beautiful place on Earth! I went in late November. It is a bit chilly to jump in the water but it well worth it to have a waterfall this beautiful all to yourself. There were hardly any hikers or campers and I was able to take so many photos sans crowds. I was able to call and get a live person and a reservation right away. The trail is not clearly marked so we second guessed ourselves a couple times since there was no one else on the trail to ask for directions. Whatever you do, go down the canyon and keep going right. There are several trails to get to the bottom of the canyon. The hike down is not too bad, I had a healing broken metatarsal and I did just fine with a good pair of ankle top hiking boots. It is flat for miles. Make time to see all the falls, I went there late and only got as far Mooney Falls. It is an awesome descent into a short tunnel and down a makeshift ladder, chain, metal peg climb down to the falls. There are dogs and wild horses everywhere. Some dogs will follow you for food. The village experience is interesting in itself since horse is the means for commuting. I would recommend going during the off season to get the full experience. This is def the trip of a lifetime!
Hike in is intermediate - mostly flat terrain hiking into Havasupai. However, hike out of is difficult towards the end ... last two miles up the trailhead with switchbacks. Bring plenty of water... 3 liters each way.
Literally the most rewarding trip I have gone on so far in my life. You learn a lot about yourself and life and your spirit doing such a beautiful, strenuous, and mentally demanding trip. Keep in mind that the things that are the most worth it are the hardest to accomplish. Words can't describe this trek and it's destination, you have to go for yourself and find out.
Heaven on earth!
Amazing and Challenging!!! Best hike I have ever done.
Once in a lifetime!!!