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Absolutely loved my time here! It’s a beautiful oasis worth the wait and effort to go!

I love the hike ,because it was hike friendly.

Awesome fall, supai permits required
Unless you are hiking in from the Colorado river.

Really nice walk, great for a campground trail

Spectacular hike. Well worth it and totally doable. We were a group of moderately in shape adults and one 11-year old, and while it was definitely a challenge it was totally doable. Hike EARLY or LATE to avoid the sun, because it is brutal. We didn't use the mules or the helicopter and 100% recommend doing it this way! You feel so much more accomplished when you finish, and it's totally worth it.

We started the hike down at 5:00am and were to the campground at about 10:00am. The campground is great and there is plenty of shade and great places to hang hammocks (we were worried about this before, but we didn't have trouble finding trees to strap to). The spring water at the bottom is clean and doesn't require a filter, which is awesome!

We carried 4 L of water each down and up. On the way down we had plenty of water to spare, but on the way up we were cutting it close. We left about 4:20pm and hiked up waterfall to waterfall, making the distances in the sun short before getting to the next waterfall to spend a few last minutes in and immerse ourselves before continuing. We arrived at the village at about 7:00pm, where we filled our water one last time and began the final ascent, arriving to the parking lot a little before midnight. Make sure you have plenty of water and a good snack waiting for you in the car. Hiking in the dark wasn't bad and it made the weather perfect for the hardest parts of the hike! The trail is pretty easy to follow, as long as you are paying attention. Also the stars were spectacular, seriously maybe the best I've ever seen, so that's an added bonus to hiking at night.

We didn't see any snakes and only one scorpion on the way up, which I was relieved about. The squirrels are a real issue, just make sure you don't leave stuff out and you should be fine.

THIS HIKE IS WORTH EVERY MOMENT. I have never seen water that color before and it was just spectacular all around. YOU CAN DO IT.

Awesome all three times I visited this amazing place!

backpacking
29 days ago

One word.... “Amazing”!

Getting the permit for the Havasupai and Mooney Falls can be difficult to get. Permits are ONLY sold by the the Havasupai tribe. Please be respectful as you are a guest into their lands. Obey all rules, regulations and possible warnings throughout the hike. BACKPACK OUT YOUR TRASH!!! Bring WATER!

For our trip it was 3 day/2 night. I backpacked mainly snacks and 2 courses for dinner. But down in Supai, they also have a grocery store, small restaurant and selling stands so if you want, you don’t need to really pack a lot of food. I took my 3L water bladder with me. There is water down in the store to buy to refill your water bladder. Also a spring and creek water you can drink (recommend bringing a filter). I brought my sleeping bag but didn’t use it. Mainly used my sleeping pad to sleep on since it is summer. Also HIGHLY RECOMMEND packing light as possible, the hike back up can get difficult. BRING WATER SHOES!!!

When I started our trip down, our group started at 4:30am and got down to Supai, AZ around 8:40am (we took our time). The first section has a few switch backs but nothing too strenuous. Second section you get to the bottom of the canyon and hike on flat surface until you get to Supai. That’s roughly ~9miles from top to Supai. Be aware there are mules on the train that run cargo in and out of the canyon. If you leave early enough, you won’t have to worry about them until the bottom of the canyon. When we went they are meeting us in the 2nd section of the canyon.

Once you get to Supai you will follow the trail leading into the main section of the community. Again, stay on trail until you get to Supai. You need to check in at the Tourist office with your reservation. From there another 2 mile hike to get to the campgrounds. On the way you’ll see Little Navajo Falls and Havasupai Falls. Then the campground. Mooney Falls is just past the campgrounds as well as Beaver Falls.

As I was there is was an amazing experience to see the falls and also to get to know the locals of the Havasupai tribe. The families we met were very kind and willing to answer questions I had about the tribe and meaning of the waterfalls. Learning their history and culture brought the hiking experience more alive.

Wow, just wow.

Started the hike into the reservation at 5:30 AM sharp and ended up down to our camp site by 10:30 after having checked in and stopping at the little market to get some coffee and drinks. The hike in wasn’t too bad as it is all downhill and we left early enough to avoid the sun entirely. Don’t make this mistake and leave any later as the sun will make this hike way more challenging than it needs to be. We walked all the way through the campsite to the far left near Mooney Falls because the sites there are right by the creek and magnificent, I recommend it.

We hiked out at 3 am sharp and I implore you to consider the same. The sun gets HOT and the incline back up with heavy backpacking gear is brutal. We left at 3 am and went HARD and finished by 6:40 AM, avoiding any heat or sun entirely. It was excruciatingly difficult with the heavy backpacking load but unbelievably beautiful to watch the sun rise and so rewarding to finish as strong as we did.

TAKE WATER, more water than you think you need.

Have fun :)

this was a real easy walk more than a hike but the fence around the lake took some of the ambience out of play but still a fun time

Best backpack trip ever, and definitely going back! March is the perfect weather to go - less heat and bugs although going back up that hilltop parking lot is still quite painful as you gain a lot of elevation in the last part of coming back to reality from heaven.

Nice hike great view...

If you are somehow lucky and get a permit, this is the most unbelievable place. I always believed that the images seen online were edited. The area is just one wonder after another. The actual hike down is super quick and easy. We took off 4 am and never had an issue with the sun. Great desert landscape, but the real beauty is of course the falls. Havasu and Mooney are as amazing as they look. We loved the Mooney stairs down and rope swing. The hike to Beaver is absolutely worth it. Just a note, the hike out is much more difficult as it is more accent and you have probably just spent the last few days playing in the water. We were worn out before we even started and seeing that last mile of switchbacks up to the parking lot was not a fun sight. We also went right after someone drowned and right before someone died of heat exhaustion. Great hike, beautiful fall, dont be an idiot and you will be fine. Lots of water, hike early.

I've been twice now: once with a youth group and once with family and friends. I certainly plan on returning at my next opportunity. The trek in and out is tough in the spring and summer heat but so worth it and can be mitigates by hiking in the early morning hours. The many majestic falls, waterway features, striking red rock, fauna, and wildlife combine to create one of nature's most spectacular desert oases.

We went, and 3 days isnt enough. you really need a day or even two at the popular falls. Also if you go to beaver falls, try and get there early, so there is plenty of sun to enjoy. This is also where you will get some of the famouse pictures of you walking in the beautiful waters. We packed to much stuff in my opinion. I wore the same clothes, swim suit, almost the entire time. Also leave extra water in your car for when you return. 32oz. almost didnt cut it, when we got back. Also pack extra mole skin.

Hiked this trail in late June, starting around 11:30 am. It was hot but there was a breeze, bring plenty of water. During the week there weren’t too many people hiking so it didn’t feel overly crowded. There are plenty of places for scenic look outs. I hiked to the top and got behind the Hollywood Sign and also hiked to get in front of it as well.

hiking
1 month ago

I took someone's advice and soaked my cloths in water before I hiked out. It was completely worth it. On one of my breaks while hiking out I also soaked my t-shirt again. Bring a cooling towel to soak and wrap around you. This is the only added advice I could give anyone besides what has already been said.

Backpacked in 33 lbs. scenery was beautiful nearly all the way down. It got pretty dusty in the air by the village to check in because of the soft sand/dirt. I wish I would have packed something to help with that.

My favorite place on earth.

best hike ever! yes you need a permit. they go on sale February 1st at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Maybe you can get ahold of the office and see if there's any cancellations

Really nice trail. From the parking lot, after approx 2 miles you can decide if to go left (see the sign from the front, bottom of the sign, or you can go right and you over the mountain, so you see the sign from the top. Totally suggested! Good for kids too, I suggest over 6 and with some trail experience

Does someone knows if I need to pay something before I go ? Like camping or a permit to go down? Or something?

Cheers!
Does anyone have 3 extra camping/logging permits for June 13-20, 2018. I would love to buy it back if possible. Please help if you can. My email is izabella.h.jankowski@gmail.com

Most amazing camping/hiking trip I’ve taken!

Avoid the crowds and get there early. I started at 5:30am Saturday and had the trail all to myself. The first mile is a good incline, after that it evens out. Be careful not stepping on horse poop.

Mostly a bike trail

Started out really early in the morning and kept a great pace. We beat the office so we had to wait a bit. Definitely plan on going early... the parking lot is small and fills up fast.
On the way out we started at like 5 am and got to see the beautiful sunrise. Better be in shape for the hike out it's steap and pretty painful if your not used to hiking with a pack.
This was my first backpack hike and I did fairly good for my first. Recommend going early in the season as it's cooler down side is the water is also cooler.

Beautiful waterfalls! The hike to the falls isn’t very scenic but once you get there it’s insanely beautiful. If you go this time of year (June) I’d suggest bringing a light long sleeve and lots of sunscreen to avoid a sun burn. There is a store in the village (about 2 miles from the campgrounds) where you can buy snacks and drinks. Pack light!

The views are indeed grand. Five stars for accurate trail naming.

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