Mooney and Beaver Falls from Havasupai Campground

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Mooney and Beaver Falls from Havasupai Campground is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Supai, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,154 feet Route Type: Out & Back







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This hike is part of a multi-day backpacking trip in the Havasu Creek Canyon. You cannot drive directly to this hike. Please consult AllTrails' other hikes in this area if you are determining how to reach the Havasupai Campground. A permit is required from Havasupai Indian Reservation. These permits are very sought after and booked well in advance! Most hikers either stay at the Havasupai Lodge in Supai, or the Havasupai Campground near Havasu Falls. The map shown here has the hiker starting at the Havasupai Campground. If you stay at the lodge, add several miles to the length of the trip listed here. This hike passes Havasu, Mooney, and Beaver Falls, eventually reaching the confluence with the Colorado River. It can be very difficult and technical at times. Be prepared to do some route-finding and get wet. This would likely be a 3 day trip. First day from trailhead, through Supai, to the campground near Havasu Falls. Second day, campground to the various waterfalls and back, then third day hiking back to the trailhead.

2 months ago

Everything in Havasupai is beyond phenomenal. Went in late April, weather was perfect, aside from a brief rain our 2nd to last night.

3 months ago

We started from the lodge so it was 2 miles to camp and Havasupai Falls, 3 to Mooney and 6.5 to beaver all from lodge where we stayed. My advice is get to Mooney first then beaver and do Havasupai Falls on the way back so you don’t get stuck in the tunnel going down to Mooney like we did. Bring plenty of water unless you have a filter where you can refill at beaver for the way out. We each carried a daypack and left lodge about 8. We planned on being out all day so we brought snacks and lunch. Everyday we brought our backpacking chairs which is a must. We had our bathing suits under quick drying shorts and shirts. I wore soleman water shoes the whole day with socks to help keep the dirt out and blisters. You are constantly in and out of water and you can’t avoid it. Water was cool but refreshing after 6.5 miles of hiking. We spent at least a half an hour at Mooney on the way out and back as the sun makes the falls look different at times of day. Plan on making this an all day event as you don’t want to start climbing out of Mooney unroll the traffic stops as you don’t want to pass people in this. It reminded me of angels landing in Zion. Another reason to start early as there is another ranger checkpoint about a half mile before you head down to beaver falls. They won’t let people past this point after 430 in the afternoon. We remembered seeing a fry bread stand as we hiked down towards Havasupai Falls and the camp ground so this was a great snack for the last 2 miles back to the lodge. Cash only. There are two stores in the village. The one closest to the lodge closes at 6 and the other further down is 7 in case you need cold drinks or dinner after hiking.

4 months ago

How do you rate this hike? It is definitely not Hard. This is an easy hike that takes about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.. This is a 2-mile hike, one way. Most people take over an hour to make their way from Mooney Falls to Beaver Falls. This is due to several factors, such as stopping for photographs, crossing the creek, changing in and out of shoes for/at creek crossings. There are three creek crossings of about knee deep, if that. The foot bridge(s) were washed out in a flash flood in August of 2016 and the Havasupai have not replaced the bridges. There are numerous trails. Some trails are easier than others. Some trails are more scenic. I suggest the scenic route - where I go by the Rope Swing at Mooney Falls and follow the creek downstream (walk in the creek) to Grotto Falls - about 1/4 - 1/3 mile downstream of Mooney Falls. After Grotto Falls I resume following the trail. Things of interest on this hike: Rope Swing Rope Swing Cave Grotto Falls Stairway to Paradise (dried up after flash flood in July of 2018). Vine Patch Hobbits’ Lair The Plank Lone Palm

5 months ago

Yes, the views are once in a lifetime! The hike down to mooney falls wasn't that bad, just take your time and be patient. The water was way too cold at mooney falls to enjoy swimming and was never basked by the sun. As for Beaver falls, there was some sun but the water was ice cold! I think there were three crossings of Havasu Springs in which one section involved traversing three sketchy planks. I wore water shoes the entire time and had no issues. A small daypack will do just fine for this hike.

6 months ago

The trail from Mooney Falls to Beaver Falls is a real adventure. From the campground the trail descends from the top of Mooney Falls to the bottom of the falls. The descent can be treacherous because it requires focus on the various trail types. You begin descending through two caves, then lower down carved steps holding onto the chain hand rails, then descend a few flights on a ladder. This part is more mental focus than strenuous hiking. Once down the hike traverses the creek three times both on the way out and back. If careful, you can pick a route across that is 30 inches maximum depth. Look for footprints in the sandy bottom. The hike to Beaver Falls is rolling with a few obstacles but nothing like the initial descent at Mooney Falls. We took about 4 hours round trip to Beaver Falls and spent 30 minutes at the falls. Have fun!

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