The hike of a lifetime. That is what I did this month. This will be three-part blog since there is just soooo much to talk about, so let me know about any questions y’all have along the way.
The hike itself is a challenge, especially if you do not hike often. It is eight miles to the village of Supai, a Native American Reservation, and two more miles to get to the Havasupai campsites. It takes around/a little under four hours. I am not going to lie to you guys, it was hard, and long, and hot. A good amount of the hike is in the shade if you leave early enough in the morning though. We left at five in the morning and it did not get really hot until about three hours in. The hike itself though is beautiful.
It is unique and not like anything else you see at the Grand Canyon or other parks in Arizona. Supai, is the village at the bottom of the canyon and it is really small. We did not spend a substantial amount of time there, but horses and dogs adorn the streets and are on every corner you turn. The natives are friendly, but the village itself is not well taken care of and is full of trash. For such a beautiful location the village is not held to the same standard and is severely rundown. We made it to the campgrounds at 10am. We set up camp in a somewhat secluded area that was close to the front of the campground. My favorite part about camp was the hammocks we hung around our tents to lounge in.
I was in heaven with the wildlife. So many lizards, some toads, and lots and lots of dogs. They just belong to the community and campgrounds not people, so they roam free like wild animals, most are friendly, and I even made a buddy who slept next to my tent every night and hung out with us all the time. I already miss that guy! The only weird thing was not a lot of marine life existed in the canyon, which I expected more of with all of the water ways that exist. The small amount they had were little fish, guppies essentially.
After we set up our camp we went to the famous Havasu fall. Now I am not going to lie the water was cold, I could not stop shivering and did not enjoy being in the water for too long, but the fall was beautiful. We did a jump there and then decided to make the trek to some other falls that might have a little more sunlight on them.
Next, we went to 50 Foot Falls or sometimes called New Navajo. It is a little over a mile up from Havasu and is a little more hidden. Here we went into an underwater cave. I would like to say I am a pretty adventurous person, but this gave me a run for my money. I have dived out of a plane and this gave me more anxiety than that ever did. There is just a piece of unknown when you blindly swim under heavy rushing water. That being said… so worth it. It was really tremendous, and I have never seen anything like it. We explored some more secret areas around 50 Foot Falls and then made our way to a set of falls called Little Navajo.
Little Navajo is just below 50 Foot Falls and it has a lot of pools you can play in and explore. I did not do anything to extreme here, just relaxed. At this point in the day I was exhausted. We decided to make one more trek down to a place called Hidden Falls.
This one is far off the beaten path and is so remarkable. This is a perfect jumping place and it is super deep, but you have to be very careful because the current is strong there. At this point in the day the sun was gone, it was getting cooler, and our group was just exhausted, so we made the haul back to the campgrounds.
I was so sore, and my feet were beginning to really blister (I learned a lot about blister care on this trip), so after that I was beat and pretty much went to bed.
My feet were really damaged the next day. It was a rough time for me and it slowed me down a lot, but I am also proud of myself for keeping up and still going on. Your body is so much more capable of carrying on than you realize.
The start of the day was a two-mile trek to the famous Moony Falls. This is also an intense one like my underwater cave experience. You have to crawl through caves and go down ladders that run down the side of a huge cliff. The ladders are also covered in mud and water from the waterfall that is right next to the wall you are scaling. It reminded me a lot of the intensity that comes with Angels Landing in Zion National Park, I will link that hike review below. Once down though I had a moment to relax and take in the breathtaking beauty that is Moony Falls. There are a lot of cool stories about the history of these falls if you are with the right person you get to learn about them, so I highly suggest using a guide. When I am through with this series I will link our guide below because he was truly awesome!
After Moony we headed off to Beaver Falls which is a three-mile hike, but there are a lot of astounding waterfalls and stops along the way. There is some more climbing up and down ladders too but nothing too intense. Beaver Falls was one of my favorites. It is just waterfall after waterfall with clear blue water. There was a jump there too that is fairly deep. The water was still cold but more bearable because it was a little hotter outside this day, but wow the water is unparalleled to anything else I have ever seen, so colorful and so clear. We spent a lot of time at Beaver Falls, ate lunch, waited until it was crowded, and then decided to explore more of the secret areas.
Something astounding was the number of silver toads we saw. I have never seen silver toads before. There were also lizards everywhere! I even had two scurry across my body as I laid out sunning which did startle me a little bit.
When it did get busy we made our way to something our guide called Shower Falls and made a few of our own waterfall discoveries along the way. It is amazing that so many people come to visit Havasu Falls and never make it past Moony Falls, because past that is where the real magic is.
Another long day in the books, blisters are worse, and off to bed I go.
The hike out is hard hard hard, but the trip was well worth it. Go as early as you can, because the last stretch of the hike is all in sun and is BRUTAL since you are already exhausted and then have the Arizona heat to compete with in the last stretch. The switchbacks are also a doozy, but completely doable. Even in May the heat level for hiking was high although it may have been a bit too cold for swimming, so take that in account as well when you book trips along with what level of heat you can personally handle.
Pack as lightly as you can too. I brought hardly anything and it all fit perfectly in a midsized backpack. Refer to Supai’s website for more packing information as well or talk to your guide. This is not a spur of the moment trip. It takes a lot of planning and it can be pricy. You have to buy a permit and you cannot just go and hike it on a whim! I did not know that before this, you cannot day hike it and you need a pass that will usually require camping.
Take all of this into account when you plan your trip and do not hesitate to ask me if you need help with anything, I would love to help. Once again, I highly suggest getting a guide. It is good to have someone who knows the area, so you do not miss a thing, because believe me there is a lot to miss and a lot of hidden gems you are going to want to see. The locals and tour guides can get you there.
If you are looking for something else to do close by, we also did a tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns which was really awesome too, so I will link that below as well.
The trip of a lifetime ladies and gents.
-Good Vibes and Adventure