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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 14 2012
writelots
Backpack30.25 Miles 2,995 AEG
Backpack30.25 Miles3 Days         
2,995 ft AEG
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Not going to write too much, as I'm backlogged on triplogs... Just a few notes that makes this trip different from my previous 5 trips to the falls:
  • I'm still convinced that September is one of the best times to visit Supai. It's pretty, the weather is reasonable and it's still warm enough to swim comfortably.
  • The villagers we met were much more friendly on this trip. It's almost like there was some 'tourist appreciation' seminar that everyone attended. They were still slow (it took us almost 2 hours to check in), but the friendliness was a welcome change
  • Holy silty pools, Backpack-Man! See photos for more on this incredible change to the canyon...
  • This time I actually made it all the way to Beaver Falls. In the past, I've made it almost to the Beaver, but the big swim after the palm tree usually stopped me (I've almost always made this part of the hike in cooler weather). This time, I would totally have gone swimming anyhow, but the pool has been filled in with sediment and I was able to walk right across, only getting in up to my knees. Beaver is a beauty, for sure, but I didn't venture down the cliffs to the pools below the falls, as I was out on my own at that point. Didn't see it being a good idea to break my neck when no one was even around to say how gloriously I died.
  • Another first: I wasn't the last hiker out. It seems that a 45 minute head start is all I need ;) I was second out, and I felt pretty good on the whole hike. My watch said that I made the last hill in an hour, which was about 30 minutes faster than I'd done it before. Sufficient improvement, but I'm still pokey compared to those with long legs and strong lungs.
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