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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 08 2015
azbackpackr
Backpack30.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
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Although this was my 5th backpack trip to Supai, I hadn't been there since 2006. Met up with a nice group, mostly from Phoenix, none of whom I had met before. This was also the first substantial backpacking trip I'd been on since I started having foot problems over a year ago. My new Altra Lone Peaks did pretty well! The foot problems were due to not being able to find shoes to fit, it turns out. Yay for square-toed shoes that are also narrow enough!

So, it was a typical Havasu Falls backpack. We swam. We hiked to Beaver Falls. We swam. We got acquainted over drinks in camp. We swam.

I hadn't seen the new falls of course, since they were created in 2008. But since we had only 2 nights there I actually didn't hike down to them. On the layover day we went to Beaver Falls. Although I had hiked to the Colorado River a couple of times in the past, I had never stopped at Beaver Falls, so that was new to me. And yes, there is a Havasupai Ranger there, making sure those pesky river rafting people pay their $35. He is also there for safety reasons, since people get crazy at Beaver Falls. He was a nice person, just doing his job. I have heard river runners complain about this guy, but the tribe does have the right to collect the $35 entrance fee if they want to.

New restrooms are amazing. They are the Phoenix composting toilet. Someone comes in and replenishes the sawdust bulking material and cleans daily, replaces TP. Amazing. After what I have seen there in the past, this is a real improvement. I remember the unspeakably vile outhouses, and later on, the flying port-a-potties (they used to helicopter a full one out and then fly back with two empties which had been hosed-out.) Then new outhouses were built again, but I assume they were badly damaged in 2008's enormous flood.

Just in case you think I went on and on too much about the outhouses...oh, well! I don't need to go on and on about the awesomeness of the place. Everyone else does that. I do like the place, and despite the fact I generally prefer to backpack in a wilderness setting, I like going here and I will return. I like the whole thing--the pack mules, wranglers, village, dogs, waterfalls, etc.

Other changes: They issued us wristbands, sort of like you'd get in the hospital. There are more mules in use now as pack animals. The feet of the horses and mules looked better than I remembered. I notice stuff like that. Mules are expensive but are better as pack animals. They are stronger, for one thing. Most of the riding animals were horses, although one or two of the wranglers were riding mules. I did see ONE donkey/burro/jackass. Little guy, with a pack on his back.
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