It has been more than a month since I made it back from Arizona. It was there that I experience Havasupai Falls along with twenty-two other adventurers. Never before had I met another group of individuals that were as passionate about the outdoors as I am. After reading and researching many blogs online I knew the hike wasn’t going to be easy. Was I am shape? Uh, not really. The people of Supai require visitors to RSVP ahead of time. Thanks to a few in the group we were able to secure a slot for us back in February when the reservation time frame first became available.
We decided to best mode of transportation for everyone was to rendezvous in Las Vegas. No time to hit the slots or the tables. This Vegas trip will be a tad different than all the rest. From Las Vegas to the Hilltop (the entrance of the hike) was roughly 4H. We all got rental cars and drove there. We knew the heat in the desert is treacherous so we made plans to be at the Hilltop no later than 9P that Saturday night. Departing at 3A that Sunday will give us plenty of time to make it to the campground before Noon. We wanted to be at least half done with the hike by the time the sun rises.
What To Bring
For me, the hardest was figuring out what to pack. At Havasu Village there is a small convenience store that houses hot food and gas station like condiments. The drawback was that it is located 2 miles from the campground. It is definitely not something that should be taken lightly so prepare to back your own food and water for the duration of your stay.
Many of us brought MRE. I highly recommend Mountain House since all you have to do is add boiling water, and you’re set! With that being said, save yourself the trouble of starting a fire and grab a portable stove. That was the one thing I didn’t do, but glad many others in the group of theirs. You can also attempt to freeze dry your own meal which was what a few members of our group did. Don’t be like me and rely on ramen and spam packages. It wasn’t as tasteful after the first day.
I can’t even stress how important water is, and will always be on any type of hike. My 2L Camelbak did great for me along with the LifeStraw. Consider grabbing a collapsible bottle as well since they’ll save you lots of space when not in use.
As far as camp, you’ll have the option of bringing along a light-weight tent or winging it like I did and bring along a hammock. The only drawback is you better pray it doesn’t rain! I brought my Eno Doublenest and it worked flawlessly. Set up and breakdown took less than 5 minutes.
The 12-mile hike along the bottom of Hualapai Canyon is long but relatively flat. There is nothing but rocks, sky-high cliffs, and the baking Arizona sun. Since our hike began in the middle of the night it is very important to bring along good headlamps. The beginning part of the trail are composed of many switchbacks along the canyon all the way down to the bottom. Take your time to be safe and watch your steps. 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.
All together it’ll take 12 miles to reach the campground.
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. All together it’ll take 12 miles to reach the campground. 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.
I remember this sign was a huge relief indicating that we’re only a few miles away. You will then follow the irrigation channel to Supai.
My mini group of three was the last to arrive from our big group to the village. By this time the sun as beating down full blast and our water supply were upon its last 25%. We had another 2 miles to go to reach the campground. The first sign of the blue-green water refueled us! The campground was near!
Finally, we reached Havasu Falls!
Who would’ve thought an amazing paradise such as this place existed in the middle of the Grand Canyon! It was nothing beyond what I’d imagined. It was WAY BETTER. Blue-green water surrounded by red canyon walls.
The group wasted no time and dipped into the ice cold water. We’re finally here.
That night I slept like a baby. I mean who wouldn’t knowing that you’re in paradise.
Lastly, do yourself a favor and venture another 2 miles to get to Mooney Falls. The trail there is a little bit harsh, but you just finished a 10+ miles hike from the hilltop! You’re currently unstoppable right now.
As always thank you for dropping by, and showing me love. Join me on my next adventure 🙂