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Awesome place to be and hike it’s beautiful

See my daughter's (Tara Oster's) review. I did want to add that I don't recommend taking small children due to the remoteness of Supai and scrambling over rocks and ladders to some of the falls. We saw one dad heading toward Mooney Falls (which entails slithering through a couple of short tunnels) with a young child in one of those backpack carriers. We cautioned him that the contraption probably wouldn't fit through the tunnels. in any case, the descent to Mooney is just too risky for a child, so please leave kids at home until they're older - I'd say about age 12, as long as they are fairly sturdy and not whiners. Also, about the helicopter - one young man said he waited in line an hour and a half just to put his name in a list to fly out the following day. Supai residents have priority, so who knows if you really are going to be able to get a lift out. Plan on hiking in and out to get the full experience. A memorable trip in a place few people get to experience! We are planning to return again one day!

hiking
2 days ago

First hike in the snow! Just us and one other couple on the trail. Lots of animal tracks and beautiful scenery!

Be sure to go to the third lake lakes two and three are above tree line. Camp near lake one. Lake one to top of my snedfles is 8.5 mile and can take 8-10 hour if you go over the ridge and down.

This map shows all the wait from the trailhead to Beaver Falls! Beautiful hike if you are lucky to get permits!!!

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked up to the lower lake this past weekend. Microspikes were helpful. I wore gaiters, but my partner was fine with just waterproof pants. We continued on to the second lake with the goal of making it up the pass and encountered pretty deep snow. The trail was snowed over completely and there was a good amount of post-holing and route-navigation. A snowstorm began mid-way through our hike and continued for hours so I'd expect a lot more of the trail might be covered by now. Didn't see any other parties though.

I think the "Hard" rating is a bit generous unless you don't normally hike at this altitude and grade.

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!!!

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

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.

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.

This is a beautiful very busy trail after a long ride on Dallas Creek Road parking can be extremely difficult.

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.

We did this hike on Oct 31, 2018. We drove out to the trailhead in a front wheel drive Nissan Rogue rental car with about 10” of ground clearance. We took the lower canyon road and although it’s a bit rough, it’s not a difficult drive for anyone with experience driving on dirt roads, From the point where the upper canyon and lower canyon roads converge, the road gets a bit rougher. The conditions were dry and the lower part of the road was pretty easily passable for a little over two miles. At that point, we came to a ~14” rocky drop off spanning the whole road that we didn’t want to risk in our rental car. At that point, there’s a tun out with a parking area on the right. From there, it’s only about a ten minute walk to the official trailhead. The best views are gained by taking the trail down the backside of the mesa to the right. The hike goes counter clockwise around the mesa with spectacular views of the arches after about 1.5 miles. It’s a pretty easy hike but take plenty of water—particularly if it’s hot. The climb out through the last arch is not for the faint of heart. I’m a technical rock climber and soloing the 200’ of dirt covered friction climbing in my approach shoes had my full attention. I thought that the hardest move might have been 5.5 or maybe even 5.6. It’s not super hard but the consequences of a slip would be bad. It’s doable but I personally wouldn’t recommend it for most folks—particularly for those without any climbing experience. If you don’t want to risk the climb out, just turn around and backtrack to get out. The views from the top of the mesa are good as well (but not as good as from below.). Either way, there’s a lot to see and explore in this area! Overall this is an A+ hike. Highly recommended!

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked today, 10/29/18. Take county road 7 (Dallas creek) literally until it ends. Its a bit further than the directions tell you-- but no worries you get there. I started my hike at 9:45am and reached the second lake in 3 hours. Just about 2 miles in (around the Mt. Sneffels wilderness sign) I stopped and put on my micro spikes and gaiters. Gaiters weren't needed until the VERY end and spikes were hit or miss but it definitely made it much easier to maneuver.

I made it easily to the lower lake and it was GORGEOUS. I continued on upwards to the second lake and the views of the lower lake were incredible. The snow drift was quite strong and foot prints started to get scarce and it also felt like I was being pelted with small ice from the winds on the back side of the mountain. I looked at the second lake and it was 70% frozen over so I decided to turn back as I was hiking alone. It is definitely worth traveling up there for the views of the lower lake though! If you go that high definitely spikes and gaiters this time of year!

Definitely beautiful. I only saw 2 other hikers all day which was amazing =)

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?)

What an amazing experience this was. Little over 11 miles to get there carrying a bag over 30 pounds made it a bit challenging but we made it. This place is paradise, the views are just amazing. So much water and green landscapes makes you feel you’re not in AZ. So glad I got to go and cross this of my bucket list... 32.7 miles total round trip!!

backpacking
29 days ago

Awesome hike! Very strenuous especially with a 40 pound pack. Don’t listen to people saying you can’t climb through the last arch to make it a loop. You most certainly can, it’s just for experienced hikers.

I enjoyed the entire hike in and out. the canyon and falls are beautiful and nice to see in person.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike!! Every step is beautiful especially when the sun is just rising. Really flat, very easy to do with weight. Even on the way out!

hiking
1 month ago

Stayed at Caverns Motel the night prior. It reminded me of Bates Motel, but things got better after we found the restaurant one mile behind the motel. Was actually a pretty cool place to stay. Be sure to take the tour of their enormous underground caves if you have time. On the trailhead at 7:30AM. Arrived at village at 10:30. Easy hike down...even with my 25 lb pack. The condition of the village and over population of street dogs made me sad. You can grab groceries/water at the market before heading 40 more minutes to campground. Stayed 2 nights. Beautiful waterfalls! For those of you afraid of heights (like me), you probably won't be going down Mooney Falls, so your hiking is very limited. Two nights was plenty for me because of this reason. However, if you do climb down Mooney, the trail goes forever and there's lots of exploring to do. Lucky you! Tips: Do NOT wear headphones on your hike. The pack mules STAMPEDE past you with no warning, often unsupervised. Bring toilet paper. Most bathrooms had none. Campground is a city...bring earplugs. Do NOT bring your dog! There are tons of "street" dogs in the village and this is their home. We did hire mules to carry our packs UP...and from the village it took us 3 hours to reach the top. We were done at 11 and on our way home. Note: all in my group are animal lovers so we kept an eye on the pack mules. They looked healthy and in good condition, although we did see a couple of small burn sores. There is NO WATER at the top of trail. There is NO WATER at the corral at the bottom. It's obvious they have water where they live, but it saddened me that they don't have any food/water during the day, especially during the summer temps well over 100. The weather in October was perfect, mostly with blue skies and cool temps for our hike. Because of my inability to crawl down Mooney Falls for more hiking, i think this was a one time trip for me.

Went from Mooney falls to Bever. A little tricky at some points and you need to keep an eye on where the trail ends into the water and continues on the other side. A great day hike.

Best hike ever! Totally breathtaking and worth it. But good gear and it will be all smiles.

Does anyone want to buy my reservation? Weather isn’t looking good and I don’t want to take the chance. Oct 21-23 at the lodge. 4802905744

Does anyone want to buy my reservation? Oct 21-23 weather isn’t looking good and I’m not willing to take any chances. Did this hike last year and was reallly looking forward to it. 4802905744

Great experience! Must do!

We started our hike in the morning around 6 and arrived at the village around 1. The hike was beautiful! The water is a beautiful blue or even crystal clear in some parts. We were expecting the water to be in the 70’s but it wasn’t due to the fact that we went in October. If you’re going for perfect weather hiking then go in the earlier or later months. If you want to go when the water is just right go during the hotter months.

I’ve been trying to call to get permit and make a reservation for the lodge in Supai and camping reservation at Havasu falls. I’ve been calling 4 different phone numbers and nobody answers. It’s been a year that I call at least once a week.
Anybody knows the right phone numbers?

You can park at Bangs Canyon Trailhead. Follow the sign for "Mica Mines" trail. Continue on that trail for a few minutes and you will see a sign that points you to Rough Canyon trail, and you can start there.

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