Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail

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Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls Trail is a 22.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, Arizona that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
22.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4514 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Permit Required The Havasupai Indian Reservation is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but you cannot tell that from the scenery. From your very first step at the trailhead parking lot until your return at the end of your trip, you will be swiveling your head side to side to take it all in. The water is a turquoise blue/green and the perfect way to refresh the tired legs and back after the 12 mile trek down to the campground. Hitting the trail The parking lot at the trailhead is stunning to say the least. It is perched more than 1000 feet above the valley floor and provides one of the best vistas of the trip. The trail starts with a steep descent down the face of the box canyon to the valley floor by way of a series of switchbacks. If you have creaky knees, you will definitely feel this descent! Be on the lookout for the approaching mules. They have the right-of-way, and won't stop to wait for you to move to the side. Once you reach the valley floor, the trail bends to the north and follows the wash for 8 miles into the Indian town of Supai. Along the way, the canyon walls draw closer and the surroundings become more grand. You get a sense for the true size of the canyon walls when then tower hundreds of feet straight up as you make your way down the canyon. There is more shade in this narrow section of trail. The sun doesn't have the angle to penetrate the canyon and it helps to keep temperatures down. In this slot section ( which starts at about mile 7), you really need to watch for the mule packs. As they approach, move to the canyon wall side and not the cliff side. The wrong move could be disastrous as these animals move through. At the end of the slot section, it opens and the Havasu Creek comes in from the right side. As you cross the open expanse, following the trail as it curves to the left, you will hear the water for the first time. It comes into view as you enter the heavier vegetation. The town of Supai is close. You will follow the irrigation channel into Supai. The two miles following the town of Supai are packed with waterfalls, blue-green water, and tons of photo opportunities. It's just 2 miles to Havasu Falls from Supai. The campground and Mooney Falls are just beyond that.

hiking
18 hours ago

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backpacking
9 days ago

I loved this trip. Pack light and take lots of water. You will need at least 64 oz. There is a spring you can get water while down in the canyon and get more for the hike back out. Leave early - about 3 or 4 am to beat the heat. PLEASE pick up and pack out your trash! Also PLEASE pack out your own backpack. Don't pay to have the mules haul it out for you. They looked so worn out! One group had the mules haul down big camp stoves and coolers and had them haul everything back out. The mules had sores on their hind quarters from the straps sores on their legs from the rocky steep trail going up to the parking lot, and were really breathing hard. We saw one mule had lost a hoof along the trail - not a horse shoe - a whole hoof. So I am sure he had to be put down. The river and the falls are spectacular - but please don't litter and if you can't haul your own backpack out - you shouldn't go.

hiking
9 days ago

Hi, I have 1 spot for Havasupai camping permit on 5-8 Oct 2017 due to my personal issue. Any one interested please send me email for detail. email whyitishard911@gmail.com

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backpacking
14 days ago

The most breathtaking place you will ever hike to... the hike with a 40lb pack was intense and totally worth it at the same time. It’s definitely a bucket list place to go. The hike was about 12 miles to the campground the last two miles were the hardest. We started at about 4 am and reached the campground by 8am. Make sure to have a bear canister and put all food in there or the squirrels will get to it. I recommend staying at least two nights so that you won’t be too sore hiking back. The hike back is grueling at the end towards the parking lot. Bring lots of water!

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26 days ago

Anyone selling permit for September 2017
Please email me g0din3z@yahoo.com thanks

28 days ago

Absolute gorgeous hike!

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing place. Worth every mile. Give yourself plenty of time and be prepared for some switchbacks! Also the trail is gravel at some points but all in all not extremely difficult.