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I would recommend this trail to anyone! Best time to go is May or October. A permit is needed since it is on a reservation. The permits can be purchased Jan/Feb of each year. A limited amount of permits are sold each year and most are taken by guided outfits. The waterfalls were amazing and refreshing after a 11 mile hike in, passing 50ft Falls then camping at Havasupai Falls. Once you set up camp you can go further down to Mooney Falls and Beaver Creek Falls.

hiking
1 day ago

Best place I've visited in Arizona so far. Great way to beat the heat. Brought my two dogs and they loved it. The first quarter mile is very easy, however the rest of it is pretty rocky and involves lots of climbing over rocks and walking through water, so I'd say it's more moderate than easy. Well worth it though.

I recommend water shoes (like Keens). My partner and I both had keens and still slipped twice on the rocks.

The views are beautiful, and the water was ice cold, even in a 105 degree day. The water closer to the top was a tad warmer.

I'm not sure where the water wheel is though. Couldn't ever find it.

Easy trail with spots to cool off on the way to the waterfall.

This is one of the best hike I have ever done. We did this on 7/14 and 7/15. The temperature was around 106 and the creek was helpful. The Phantom Ranch was fun and the BEER. (Though it was budweiser, but it was the best beer ;))

We started back our hike at 1:40 am in the morning and we were at the top by 10:00. The last 2-2.5 hours was difficult because of the sun and the elevation gain. But this is a must do hike to check if off the bucket list.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Not a place with lots of shades along the trail but can easily get some off trail to rest. Views along creek is pretty and hike on the big rocks are fun. Be aware of the wet slippy rocks when crossing creek.

Great place to go in AZ when it get hot out!

This review is tough for me to do, because of my ego. You will see why. On the plus side, the hike has great views. On the negative side, the trail markers near the top are few and far between. I went off trail for a few miles more than once. The total mileage for the hike ended up being close to 22 miles because of this. If I had the foresight to listen to people about how much water to bring, this wouldn't have been an issue. I ran out of water with about 7 miles to go. By this time, it was already 1:30 pm and the temperatures were quickly approaching 110 F. With only 2 miles to go, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, I was getting hazy and nauseous. With my phone battery too low for gps, I decided to call 911 who then called local search and rescue. They responded very quickly and probably saved my life. Don't be an idiot like me, I thought I was young and in good shape, and that it wouldn't be a problem. Wait until Fall to do this hike, it will take all day. And bring WAY more water than you think you need, I brought a 2L camelbak and 24 ounce water bottle and it wasn't nearly enough for the heat. Be smart, don't be me. Just a side note, the search and rescue people were the nicest group of people I've ever met. Heros.

hiking
4 days ago

Wonderfully rewarding trail. Not easy for unprepared hikers. Rocks can be slick and steep. For those more adventurous continuing up the creek to the left towards second crossing offers up amazing views as well! Looking for possible overnight spots the next time we go!!

hiking
4 days ago

What a great way to spend an afternoon! The trail was more moderate than easy but... it was well worth the trip! Cool water, lovely spots to sit and enjoy and beautiful nature!

on Gowan Trail

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walking
4 days ago

Kid friendly if your kid is a bad ass like mine. Level to start. The boulders and rocky. Then BAM water beauty everywhere. :)

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4 days ago