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

Just near the AT museum there's a road to the right, old shippensburg rd where you follow that all the way to the end. There's some parking there where you meet to trail head.
The climb was a great steepish uphill to the top. Unfortunately, I had to turn around at the second rocks bc of a big black bear greeting me. That was fun! A copperhead was laying in some rocks at the top too so they are around. Beautiful hike what I could do though! Near the parking there's a turn to the AT also that walks by a river.

Our family did this a few moths ago. Great hike

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

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 :)

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.

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.

awsome time, nothing to strenuous for hiking.

walking
2 months ago

If you like history, this is a fine hike. If you prefer hiking in the woods rather than spending 70% of a day on asphalt, don’t bother with this. Gettysburg is what it is. The hike up to Big Roundtop was the highlight. The diesel fumes from the tour buses was the low point. Thanks to this app, at least we didn’t get lost.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail and not as difficult as the description sounds. However, I only walked from the Iron Masters Mansion and followed the AT to the point where the Sunset Rocks Trail begins. It was a steep ascent from that point to the view of the valley, but it was relatively short. I didn’t have time to do the full loop but looking forward to it some day. Almost walked into a rattlesnake at the top. He was busy sunning himself on the rocks so he never moved the whole time.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Mtn Laurel is in full bloom June 7. Rhododendron are still some days away.

Most amazing camping/hiking trip I’ve taken!

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!

Enjoyed the whole time . Downhill going in , challenging up on way back . Plus a bunch of alternative watering holes to hike to . Hike to Mooney was fabulous and a nice little challenge

What an adventure! Helpful tips would be, get there EARLY if you want a prime camping spot, take some cash for that fry bread burger at camp, take plenty of water for the hike out, seriously consider paying for a donkey to carry out your pack ($30), be prepared for hiking in mostly sand and watch out for the donkeys... they have no personal bubble lol.

Very challenging hike! Fun rock scrambling over the boulders and great views. Cool site at the halfway point of the AT. Really enjoyable

Havasupai is an amazing backpacking trip! Don’t underestimate the sun, even if it’s 70, it will feel much hotter. I recommend backpacking and carrying your gear, not using the mules or horses- if you need assistance with your gear, maybe consider the helicopter. Definitely check out “the jungle”, it was our favorite swimming spot.

Beautiful and amazing hike!

This hike needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!

It’s a difficult hike with an amazing destination. It’s 1 mile of steep switchbacks down, another mile of winding less steep switchbacks, and then about 5 miles on the canyon floor. This will bring you to the last mile before Supai which is through the sand (you are in the desert) with the stream going alongside the trail on one side and the houses at the outskirts of the city on your other. During this mile, you’ll cross a couple of bridges and see signs directing you to Supai. Once you check in at Supai and get your wristbands, you hike another 2 miles to the campgrounds. It’s about a mile in that you see Navajo Falls on your left (beautiful and less busy than the other falls because it’s further from the campgrounds), then a half mile later you’ll see Havasu Falls on your right. Another half mile will bring you to the Ranger station at the front of the campgrounds. Campgrounds are a mile long ending at the top of Mooney Falls. That last 2 miles to the campground is sandy and very steep. The campsites at the front are closer to the ranger station, water, and Havasu falls but aren’t very private or too pretty. The further back you go, the more private and beautiful the campsites get. I’m a terribly slow hiker AND we used the pack miles to carry the majority of our things to the campground ($$$). The hike in took me 5.5 hrs and I was wrecked. We left at 5 am (before official sunrise but light enough to see) and got to camp at 11:30 am. We spent most of our days at Havasu Falls as my body was wrecked from the hike in but we did hike halfway down to Mooney to take pictures (stopped before the cave to the chains and ladders). I would’ve liked to go to Navajo falls but the uphill sandy 1.5 miles was too much for my wrecked body. On the way out, we left again at 5 am and it took me 5.5 hrs out (which is an amazing pace for me). The first 2 miles out through the sandy uphill was as terrible as I had anticipated. The 5 miles was fine as we were in the shady canyon. That last 2 miles is as brutal as everyone says. I had to take a lot of breaks but was normally able to find some shade to do so. My husband is a faster hiker than I am and got up the switchbacks before I did to get the car (parked 1 mile away) and was able to meet me with the car when I got up there. Tip 1: at the end of the hike, go straight to a restaurant (we went to Grand Canyon Caverns where we stayed the night before the hike) because you will be ravenous and want some real food. Tip 2: bring less food than you think you need. We had extras that we luckily were able to give away to some other campers in need but we definitely brought too much. They also sell fry bread near the ranger station at the campground which is delicious, inexpensive (bring cash!), and will help lighten your load. Don’t count on it in case it isn’t open, but don’t overpack food). Tip 3: camp near the bathrooms. There are 4. Finding your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night with a headlamp and bats swooping down towards you is terrifying. Tip 4: bring your camp shoes, swimming stuff, and tent with you if you use the pack miles because they don’t arrive down in the canyon until 3 pm and you want to set up your tent to reserve your spot ASAP (first come, first serve). Then you’ll immediately want to take your hiking boots off and cool off in the water. Tip 5: leave as early as you can to hike in and out. The sun/heat is brutal and you’ll want to take advantage of the cool mornings as much as possible while not hiking in the dark. Tip 6: bring at least the 3L of water per person for hiking in and out. We got close to finishing our water on the way in and did finish our water on the way out with those uphill switchbacks. Tip 7: bring something to keep from inhaling so much dust. Dust masks and bandanas across the face are common and will help a lot! Tip 8: For food and scented items (sunscreen, deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc), pick up at least 2 of the Home Depot/Lowe’s buckets at the ranger station at the campground on your way in, preferably with lids. Use them for your scented items, food, and garbage to protect from the squirrels. They are very adamant to get to your things. If you leave anything scented in your tent or bags, they will chew right threw them. Tip 9: I did this hike in late May and wish i hadn’t brought any jackets or long pants to sleep in. It was very warm even overnight and you do not need layers. I imagine this is true from May to at least August. To conclude this review, the hike and the waterfalls were gorgeous but the landscape is unforgiving so be very well prepared. Side note: I’m terrified of snakes and did this hike in late May 2018 and did not see/hear any snakes at all. There are rattlesnakes and coral snakes (highly poisonous and very small) in the area so be cautious of where you step and sit to rest.

Consistently one of the prettiest accessible places in the world that I have seen. GO!!!

Maybe the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Going down was no problem got it done in under 3hrs. Going back up on the other hard... not fun.. all in all so worth it and wouldn’t change the hike for anything.. by far the most aging waterfalls I’ve ever seen

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