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Your glutes and calves will burn!
but it's an amazing site to see 4 miles down. The Spring is fantastic to explore. Bring a hammock to hang & perhaps even a float!
Warning: our doggy suffered ripped paw pads and he's a malinois. We had to carry out a 70 pound dog in a backpack.

Completed the trek down in 1.5 hours.
Completed the trek back up (3/4 of trail is uphill) in 2 hours 15 min.
I think I'm slow compared to the guys i hike with, but we kept pace quite fast, passing some hikers on our way out.

It was a nice, scenic hike. there was plenty of water in the pools below to swim in. The hike back up definitely works your thighs and calves.

Beautiful on the way down, strenuous hike on the way up. In actuality, it's a total of 10 miles round trip.
Here are some helpful tips:
- don't take your dog unless it's in good shape and you bring it booties for its paws. The trail is VERY rocky and tore up our little girls pads :( we also had to take a lot of breaks for her in the way up. If you do bring your dog, make sure you have a bowl, and plenty of water for cooling body temp and drinking.
-take enough water for the way down. I'd say 2 liters per person. When you get down to sign that says dam (right) springs (left) go right to the dam which will take you to the waterfall. On you're way out, go back toward the spring to fill up your water supply. YOU WILL NEED IT GOING UP. The water bubbles straight from the earth and is the best water I've tasted. It's not that far back... it's off to the right, you'll see it feeding into the springs from underground- very cool!
- start early! It'll take time coming up and you'll want to spend time swimming, etc. We hit the trail at 9am, got to the bottom around 1130 (we had dogs and kids), left at around 1pm and didn't reach the top until 4. But again, took several breaks to water our dogs, kids and selves.
- watch for Rattlesnakes! Stay to the middle of the trail when you can, and be aware. My friend almost got bit, but was able to jump outta the way. Beautiful 2 yr old rattler off to the side sunbathing, but could have been the end to a beautiful day.
- I cannot stress enough- water, water and more water, especially if bringing pets. They get thirsty and their body temps rise quickly. Ensure you keep you're pup alive if bringing. Our 5 yr old barely made it out. Might take her again, but with booties next time.
-kids do ok, they'll slow you down a bit, but as long as they have enough to drink they'll do great and absolutely LOVE swimming under the cave.
Water is cold, refreshing, and perfect in September. Best time of the year to go, in my opinion.
We'll be back!

I loved every moment of the trip. People were amazing and helpful, we started to hike around 0430 hours reached there at 1030 hours. It won’t take long if you have a day pack. But it’s not a place for day hike, you have to carry tents and all other gears to stay there. There are mule carriers that you can use to get your luggage transported to campgrounds. Beautiful places, water feels soothing, of course after that long hike you need it. Overall my experience was really awesome. Try to start as early possible in both ways to avoid heat.

love this trail . great for beginners.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! You go down, down, down and more down to the waterfall which was hard on my hips. Also meant you will be going up, up, UP all the way back!! Like everyone else said bring LOTS of water and save most for the way out. I filled my hydro at the waterfall. The water is crystal clear, cold and moving quickly so its fine. I'm still alive after drinking! I wet a towel there and wrapped on my neck for the way back. That helped a lot. I wouldn't recommend kids or dogs going, but they could do it if in good condition. We left our kids and dog home and were very happy we did so. Its very very rocky so you have to be constantly looking down so you dont trip. The group I was with are all in very good shape. We gym several times a week and hike a lot and the next day we could hardly move! The way out seems like never ending and gets tough with all the rocks. Take your time. Get there early and bring lots of water and snacks. You won't regret it!
There is a ranger there checking permits, so make sure you have one and its for the correct lot.

No falls but we did stumble on a diamondback rattlesnake at a mile and a half in. A little scary but it just slithered off the path.

Long hike, started at 0400 there and 0200 on the way back to beat the heat. The falls were magnificent, each site with its own personality. Loved every second of it!!

Great trail, the reward of water at the end makes it totally worth it! Parked at the trailhead on Bear Canyon Rd which made it approximately 6.5 mi. My 8 & 12 yr old handled the distance just fine. Not a ton of water, but enough to get in and cool off. Would like to do again in the spring.

Locals yelling politically charged racial slurs repeatedly throughout the hike through the canyon as well as the village would keep me from recommending or returning to this place. The population of aggressively and outwardly racist villagers (to whom you must pay a lot of money for the privilege of visiting) is a minority, but a very vocal and significantly disruptive minority just the same.

Waterfall not always present. Nice, not over groomed, trail.

Nice easy trail. Well taken care of.

hiking
21 days ago

This hike was absolutely amazing. The reviews were a little daunting so I almost did not do this by myself, but I had no problems whatsoever. I'm in pretty good shape and did not find this difficult at all. BUT, that's completely relative to an individual's fitness. I would recommend getting there early (9am) because I had the whole waterfall/spring to myself for a few hours. Once it hit 12:30p.m. the crowd started showing up. I drank about 3L of water, but I stayed hydrated and ate well all week before coming. It's not just about the water you drink during the hike, it's also the prep the week before. Just be smart, come prepared, and enjoy yourself! This is definitely worth the 4-mile in and out.

When discussing this trail with friends and trying to decide which is best Havasupai or Kaibab/Bright Angel at the S. Rim to Phantom, it is always a toss up. They both offer so much and are so different. I think the big draw for Havasupai is the blue green water so you want to go when you can swim and enjoy being in the water. This year we were there May 5-6th. I prefer to go in April, but it's hard to get permits and rooms now that social media has over exposed, so you go when you can get a permit. I will say on the way, we saw lots of grumpy hikers. I believe we started out around 10 and it was getting warm. We were going down and they were in the grind on the way up to the Hualapai Hilltop, which I believe is about a 2000' gain. There is no shade on the way up so you do not want do do this stretch between 11-3 when 100+ degrees. The hike down is relatively easy, but back light as it is 8 miles to town and approximately 10 to the campground. I like staying in the campground next to the creek, but this time we were in the hotel, which is basic but offers a bed, sink, shower, toilet and a/c, plus you are only going to be sleeping there as there is so much to see and experience. Food can be an issue when staying in the hotel. Our first night the cafe closed at 4pm, the store closed at 6pm, and we did not find this out until 6pm, so we had to walk to the second store which is near the large corral when you are first coming into the town of Supai. We also had to get creative and had to have frozen burritos, a jar of salsa and bag of tortilla chips for dinner microwaved in the store, as our room did not have a microwave. This is all part of the adventure. I am telling you this so you know to be ready for Plan B. If camping you have planned out your meals, if in the hotel, most would think they would be eating at the Cafe. The first day we explored the waterfalls closest in - Navajo and Havasu, so close to 16 miles that day. The next day we got up early and did Mooney (there was still a wait at approximately 8am to go through the tunnel and use the ladders to get to the base.) and proceeded on to Beaver which is my favorite. It is an effort to get there and I was surprised to see that it looked like Spring Break on MTV when I arrived. There were lots of 20 year olds and numerous brightly colored floats. I have been twice before in late March and early April and had only seen a few people at Beaver in the past. Once again tempering your expectation for pristine as it was a party scene in May. For dinner the second night we took advantage of the Fry Bread Booth near Havasu Falls - delicious! Due to the high temperatures, forecast was 97 on our departure day, I wanted an early start to avoid the heat on the climb out, so I would not become one of those grumpy hikers we saw coming in. We started at 5:30am and had no problems. We were fortunate with a little cloud cover to keep the temps down. I will say it was much better with a 15# day pack than my two previous treks with a 30# backpack. Maybe that's why I was smiling and saying hello to everyone I passed along the way. Our group was out in 2.5-3 hours with day packs. Two of our party ended up getting bad blisters from water crossings and partially wanted to take the helicopter out. Be advised the cost is $85 and it's first come/first serve. When we left Supai at 5:30am there was already a line. Our group was told 7am was ok to line up and they did not get out until 11:30am, so we we were stuck waiting 3 hours on the hillside after we had hiked out. This is an amazing trip and one to be experienced, but best to come prepared with everything you might need or be flexible, as you may have to go to Plan B.

Amazing views defiantly must go trolly was down so it was 8 miles instead of 4 but was well worth the trip we went during dry season and the water was 10 feet at one point I’m 12 and did this so it wasn’t to deficult

Beautiful views! You can feel the mileage, but it isn't miserable- pleasant burn. Food and water a must.

Awesome hike! Top pools had nice water, waterfall was running but not vigorous. My GPS was 8.56 from parking out and back, FYI.

Great day trip. Hike is good for all ages. Bathrooms at every parking lot. Beautiful views!!! Who doesn’t love a short hike that leads to gorgeous waterfalls!?

It was an ok hike. Flat trail on dirt and some small river rocks. There is no shade and there was no waterfall but did see some cool caterpillars. About 2.5 miles each way.

TAKE NOTE: Easy in, strenuous out! The waterfall and pools at the end of the trail are absolutely breathtaking and perfect for swimming! Save your water for the hike out, it is long and ALL uphill, with loose rocks for the majority of the path. When you get to the sign at the bottom that says Spring left and Dam right, go right! Much shorter trek to waterfall. Like many others have forewarned bring LOTS of water and bring sunscreen/sunglasses/hat— the trail is mostly in direct sunlight. 200 people are rescued on this trail every year, so be smart and wear appropriate hiking footwear. I wore my bathing suit underneath my clothes and brought water shoes for the falls. A ranger is also at the trailhead to check permits, so make sure you get one ahead of time online!

Amazing! We went swimming at the end - what a blast. We did this hike with 6year old twins. There are some steep parts at the end, but little ones can make it with a hand here and there. Absolutely worth it!!

Beautiful hike. Bring lots of water, a lunch and some energy chews. Definitely feels like 8 miles but well worth it when you get the the pools of water and the waterfalls! Bring a swim suit. And some sun screen ❤️ you will love it

-LaurenAB

Seven Falls was by far one of my favorite hikes of our trip! I loved crossing the stream and all the scenic views before reaching the falls at the end. My advice: bring a picnic lunch or snacks and enjoy some time to relax by the waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Although this hike says moderate it is fairly easy. Fun for the whole family! We had our lunch inside the cave (pick up your trash) which was amazing. Beware the rocks are slippery!

Park ranger in the gift shop is RUDE! do not let him discourage you from this great hike.

good luck.

1 month ago

Although this hike is easy, take plenty of water. Beware rocks are slippery. So beautiful and calm.

Park ranger in the gift shop is rude but dont let him discourage you.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Moderate trail. The deeper in lots of rocks to climb and small pools of water. Nice options for views and just a couple hours commitment

make sure you bring you water. no shade. will definitely come back in the winter/spring when the falls are more than a dribble.

My kids loved it. Out for a picnic and hike turned out perfect. Water is cold but worth it after the heat.

08.08.18 Late review. Permit required. They have a list with names as long as you didnt purchase it the same day. Use a high clearance vehicle!! I do not recommend using a sedan, I rented a Nissan Rouge for this trip. Went last week during the rains / hail and hiked the entire trail. It was marvolus! Gorgeous fall after fall. Will definitely go again when it's not raining. Was afraid of flash flood.

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