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At first glance,I thought this hike would be an arse kicker, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hike down was harder on me because I have knee issues, but being wrapped in KT tape saved me. Pretty much little to no major aches or pains. In fact, really none at all.

The drive to the trailhead takes about an hour if you’re zooming pretty fast. That said, I would NOT attempt that (driving fast) in the dark due to the elk. I hit the road at daybreak and did just fine.

The parking lot has outhouses (yay!!!) and a place to park your car for however long you need. Don’t leave stuff in sight, there is no security and break-ins do occur. Also, don’t park on the mountain side, as rock falls also occur. Park on the cliff side, even if that adds a bit to your overall hike.

The switchbacks are immediate and slowly, it becomes a relatively gradual downslope hike all the way into town. The hike is easily traversable (albeit hellacious gravel that seems to go on forever), easy to stay on trail, and offers many private spots to rest, snack, or do whatever you feel the urge to. Just make sure you carry all your trash out please.

You come to the “Supai” sign and you’re happy. Hold on a bit longer because “psych”..... you’ve got more to go.

The town of Supai is interesting. TAKE NO PHOTOS!!! New rules mean you will be cited and have to pay hefty fines. This goes for the tribal members and donkey trains as well. Once you’ve left a Supai and are in the waterfall/campground area, it’s fair game (with exception to the donkeys and the men tending to the area).

The bathrooms were lit, well kept and clean.

Campsites are unmarked and hard to come by if you arrive late. Most people pack up and head out early, so the best spots are available early. The good news is that if you get a sucky site, a new one will open up the next day. The even better news, there really aren’t but a few sucky sites.

In October the campground is pretty much in full shade all day. Havasu Falls gets shade around 2:00. If you’re relying on solar for charging, you’ll need to schlep back up to the top of the falls to have some sun for about another hour. It gets dark around 5:30 and if it’s windy, it gets cold.

I have a 15* Nemo bag that served me well. Jetboil is the way to go and I loved my MaryJanesFarm dehydrated food. Make sure you grab a HomeDepot bucket and a lid if you see one available by the start of the campground to store your food, they’re a Godsend.

I loved my time here. It was great to relax and unplug. I ate a lot less than I thought I would, and drank a lot more (hot tea/water/hot cocoa/ coffee).

No alcohol or drugs allowed. Please respect that.
Carry out all your trash and adhere to the principles of “leave no trace”..

No day hikes permitted.

The hike out? I was stunned at how easily I was able to just barrel through the last mile. Make no mistake, it was tough, but I lived to tell the tale! Lol

Have fun!!!

Such a beautiful hike. Brings lots of water and snacks and/or lunch that you can eat at the falls.

We started by the fire station trailhead- that way gives you a steep climb to start the trail. Going the other direction is a longer, steady climb.

Phone gps trackers put the total hike at about 7.2 miles.

Trail pretty well maintained and easy to follow- we never found ourselves wondering which trail to follow.

There is a nice outcrop with a good view of Stinson beach- maybe around 1.5 miles in.

Nice changes between forests, grass hills, and then along a creek on the Dipsea trail portion.

All in all, a good hike.

Remember to dress in layers..

Difficult, but absolutely worth it. Don’t miss the chance to see these waterfalls. The hike from Mooney falls to Beaver Falls in the most beautiful day hike you will find. It is about 4 miles past Mooney.

I will start with advice, if you want the best trip to the falls check the SF tides chart. Try to get to the falls 2 hours before or after low tide, any other time there will be no beach to see the falls from, it will all be water. And you will have to stay on the rocks.
Also from the top of The falls to the bottom is very sharp loose shale rock you are on you butt going down and must use your hands and knees going up, with shorts your knees could be cut up.

The trail itself is great, it goes from hundreds of feet up above the water to completely shaded by the trees.
Not much uphill at all

What a contrast from the first time I did this trial. This time I brought my trekking poles. I did not start to rain it mile 3.6 like it did the last time. It’s interesting trail. Saw many many birds. One four-legged creature I don’t know what it was. Maybe a coyote. The trail was dry no bugs. Saw 2 people only

Beautiful architecture! Music and good food everywhere!

Easy.. beautiful view of the river .. too short

7 days ago

We took this trail after Canopy-Lost-Fern Creek trail. This trail passes Cathedral Grove, Bohemian Grove and Founders Grove. This trail is popular for public even children and elderly.

After passing Mooney, Beaver falls isn’t quite as exciting. But what a beautiful trail that follows along the majestic water with about 3 water crossings. Near the end you’ll arrive at the 1 palm tree to start climbing up, there’s ladders and some rock stairs to help the climb but as always be cautious as the face of the ridge is brittle. The view from the top looking down on to Beaver Falls is amazing! You’ll see a wooden sign and thankfully know you’ve made it. From the sign start your decent to the falls, make sure to pack a suit and a snack, this hike takes about 5 hours, you wouldn’t think that with a short 4.5 mile hike.

Beautiful hike with shade along the way. A long hike at 13-14 miles but so worth it. Take some snacks to enjoy the beach once you arrive ! It’s a busy hike but not too many people. Parking gets full very quick so unless you want to hike a couple more miles , get there early to get parking.

My dad and I hiked this on a Tuesday felt like it was just us I suggest parking at Stinson beach beautiful views saw a coyote deer squirrel birds finished in three hours amazing time bring a friend or family member and do it!!!

Busy but not too crowded. Trailhead parking is definitely packed by mid morning on the weekends. This is a fun one!

I hiked in the Steep Ravine from the Pantoll. The scenery in the wooded area is beautiful. There were flies or gnats the first .5 mile from the Pantoll which were a little annoying but otherwise very serene.

Incredible views! What a one of a kind hike as well. It’s not for the faint of heart. There are ladders and chains and a steep decline to the bottom of the falls but well worth it. Be careful descending as it can be slippery with the mist from the waterfall.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND wearing hiking shoes-not tennis shoes- as you’ll need the gripping for the hike.

Fantastic Hike, getting to the Beach to stand below the falls is a MUST!!

Very calming and relaxing. We went on a weekend and there were people out but not enough to find annoying . Took about 4 hours. Once we came down to Stinson we went and hung out at the beach before heading back up the dipsea trail! Lots of stairs both ways and the “ladder” is NOTHING to worry about!

About 90% of this hike is shaded which is very nice for comfort but limits the view points. I guess it was nice to change it up from the dessertous terrain of SoCal. It was also nice because I got a late start but didn’t get caught in the worst of the sun. Btw parking is rough if you get there late, I parked 0.8 miles from the trailhead.

Started out this hike with what felt like a million other people, I was not excited and kept weaving around them. Around mile 4 where it splits off to summit Wilson, just past sturtevant camp, everyone disappeared. Yay. But I was immediate joined by eight million mosquitos. Luckily I had some bug spray, if I do this hike again, I’ll bring a head net. As others have said, the summit left much to be desired. No log book, signage, etc plus people can drive there so it doesn’t give you the same sense of accomplishment.

Worth mentioning, when you get to the burned area just before the peak, there is load of poison oak? I’m terrible at IDing plants but someone told me it was poisonous and what it looked like, it was scary especially with my dog but I think we made it out unscathed.

Made it up in 4 hours and down in 2.5. Overall not a bad day but def not my fav hike in SoCal.

Did not hike the entire loop because I spent a lot of time birding at the marsh. Saw a female Painted Bunting, American Kestrel, eleven Limpkins and other regulars. Very well maintained, easy to follow trail, cobwebs not bad at all. Also saw an alligator and got stung by a bee (unprovoked!) but that is how it goes in nature!

Such a great adventure! Don't be fooled, this mostly flat hike is long and hard. The ground is either dried riberbed, very rocky, or soft sandy dirt. Not easy on the feet or ankles. Bring plenty of water, and def leave early when you hike out. The last 2 miles can be brutal in direct sun.

So so worth it!! I will definitely be going back. The falls are incredible, the camp site is magical... The water really is that blue. I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity.

17 days ago

Started 0715 finished 1200. parking on foothill parkway. it is on a vehicle road. a lot of bikers. gradual inlcline. minimal shade. almost finished my 2.5 L bag. beautiful view on top by the white ball thing.

Absolutely beautiful place! So glad somebody on the trail let me know where the turn off was. I’m pretty sure I would’ve missed it. I will definitely come back and plan to bring my bathing suit so I can jump in the water at the end!

love this trail!! beautiful scenery and engaging footpaths. will be back!

Fantastic hike!! Gorgeous views everywhere!!

This says 14.5 miles, which is not accurate. From Hilltop, it is 8 miles to Supai village and another 2 miles to the campground.

It should also be noted in this description that day hiking is not allowed.

Definitely plan your trip in the more moderate temperature months — not in the summer heat! We went toward the end of October. The hike down to Supai starts with about a mile descent before the trail evens out and you enjoy a rather leisurely walk through the canyon to the village. (Trekking poles save your knees on the way down.) We started hiking at approximately 7:30 in the morning, stopped in the village for about an hour, and arrived at the campsite around 2 in the afternoon. The campsite was fairly crowded and next time I will plan on getting to camp mid morning as many people will be leaving around that time to hike out.

We spent our first full day exploring the main Havasu Falls area and relaxing. Be sure to hit up the fry bread stands that are set up just above Havasu Falls!

We went down to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls the following day. That trail is approximately 7 miles round trip. You cannot get to Beaver Falls without going to Mooney Falls. If you’re afraid of heights, Mooney may be out of the question for you. If you go early in the day, there will be a long line of people traveling down to the falls. You’ll go through two short tunnels in the rock before stepping out onto some steep, cut-in stairs with chains to grip onto. Unfortunately this is very stop-and-go as you’re waiting for everyone ahead of you to navigate their way down. The rock and chains toward the bottom are always wet due to splash from the falls. There are two wooden ladders at the bottom as well that are pretty slick, so watch your step. The hike to Beaver Falls starts out as a spider web of trails, but you’ll eventually wind your way through and end up on the main trail. There are several stream crossings which aren’t deep and offer a good chance to cool down! There are some more ladders to navigate when you’re about half a mile from Beaver Falls, but they’re not too difficult.

We packed up and left camp around 4:30 a.m. on our last day to beat the heat. The hike out is slower going as it’s mostly uphill — especially from the campground to just beyond the village. Then you’re mostly back to leisurely walking, albeit slightly uphill, until the last mile or so. That last mile can be a struggle, so we busted out our trekking poles, and celebrated our decision to leave camp so early. We arrived at Hilltop at approximately 10:30 a.m.

We spent 3 nights at the campground and unless you’re a hiking beast, I would recommend that to most people. Two nights really isn’t enough time to see everything and feel like you got some rest. We did NOT use mules, although that is an option. From the sounds of it, the social media outrage over the treatment of the mules has resulted in them now appearing well-fed, however I can say nothing definitive of how they are actually being treated. I would recommend giving that some serious thought before you decide to use a mule packer and hopefully you will decide against it. I will point out, my 59-year-old mother packed in her own 35 lb pack — down and back — so the young, fit people who used mules have zero excuses. Packing all your own gear in and out really makes the backpacking experience more worthwhile. (If you didn’t actually pack all your own gear, did you really go backpacking?)

We did this on october 27. The views are absolutely briliant. Very hard towards the peak. Steep and a lot of stairs. The beauty of all of the hike is breathtaking. Took us 8 hours. :) we went up the fern trail and oh boy was it hard. Like super hard.

That's a nice hike in point rayes . we did on weekend Oct 27. was a lot of hikers but still more then enough space for everyone. Beautiful green scenario feels like its spring but its almost November. Amazing almost clear all day. pretty views of ocean shore and breeze, nature lakes ,and waterfall by the shore. Recomend to try and enjoy what you love to do.

Great hike! Beautiful forest trees and gorgeous views. We misted the waterfall trail and had to go back and use the map to find it. Path to the waterfall is tight and at the end is climbing down the hill holding on to the big rocks on the sides. Was kind of scary for me but all worth it! Will go back again...!

Wow! I’m not sure it gets better than this hike! Ocean, Redwoods, steep climbs, well maintained trails with built in terraced stairs throughout the trails, views for days that covered all the way out to east bay and SF. Absolutely stunning day to hike, we lucked out. Apparently in winter there are waterfalls, today we had trickles but it was lovely to hike alongside the sounds of water in the trees.

We took a wrong turn at pantoll and went up the wrong Matt Davies trailhead which took us up to the mountain theater by accident. However that little detour gave us the most amazing views!! Totally worth the 3 mile mistake to get back via old mine trail to get back on the right Matt Davies trail. Such an incredible and challenging hike! Wowza

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