Photos of Havasupai Indian Reservation Hiking Trails

backpacking
11 days ago

Quite possibly the most beautiful hike I have ever done. The water is cold, but under the June sun your clothes dry in no time.

I did this hike last June with a few different hikers, all with different levels of experience. We started hiking at 8 am and traveled down the first mile. This mile is quite difficult, as you need to be sure not to break your knees on the downhill.

After the downhill, the hike is an easy trail through beautiful canyons. The only problem you will most likely have with this hike is the heat. Get started early and get to Supai before it kicks off.

I had the most trouble on this hike getting from the Village to the campgrounds. My group reached the Village at around noon, and stopped for about an hour. We got underway again, but the heat was horrible. After passing Havasu Falls 2 of my fellow hikers and I sat down and took a long break, not knowing where the campground was (It was literally about 50 yards ahead of us). The heat was horrible, so be sure you have plenty of water and drink LOTS of it. I managed to get through the entire hike with only a small, running-backpack sized water skin, but I wish I had a lot more than I did.

We spent a week in the campground playing games and swimming. After, it came time to hike out. If you really want to beat the heat, I highly recommend you leave at around 10 in the evening and hike out at night, especially if the moon is full. One of the most surreal experiences I had on this trip was seeing how beautiful the cliffs were in the moonlight. Eventually, once they are low enough, turn out your headlamp and hike by the moon.

This is an incredibly fun hike, but not without its challenges. The most essential thing you need on this trip is a bear can. Not for bears, but for squirrels. The squirrels in the campground will do anything to get ahold of food, including chewing through backpacks, tents, and packaging. Keep your food safe and don't harm the animals.

Another essential that I feel is necessary is a hammock. I passed on the option of bringing a full sleeping bag, and brought a hammock instead and a small sleeping bag liner in case I needed some warmth in the 100 degree weather (I didn't). I was glad I did. All the campgrounds are hammock heaven, with plenty of trees to hang a hammock on. It's incredibly fun.

Just hydrate, start early, and have a wonderful time swimming in Havasupai!