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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 22 2017
chumley
Backpack22.14 Miles 3,430 AEG
Backpack22.14 Miles3 Days         
3,430 ft AEG
 
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Jane texted me a few weeks ago to tell me she had a couple of extra permits to Havasupai. Perfect! It had been forever since I had been down there, and while I'm not one for the CF that this place has become, I hadn't previously made it to the Colorado and I decided this would be a good opportunity to do so without putting effort into the whole permitting process. Since we had friendmooned with her a year ago in Kauai, it was no problem for 9L to take the other permit spot.

Jane's 68 year old father :app: , 9L, and I were the only ones in the group who had been to Supai before, so it was fun to watch the others experience it for the first time. It's hard to believe it was 22 years ago when I first visited this amazing place! :o (and 16 years since the last visit!)

We met up with the others at our rental house at Grand Canyon Caverns Thursday night and headed out separately on Friday morning. We caught up with them in the village before 11 after a 2.5 hour hike to town. It was an extra 35 minutes until we got to camp. After setting up we set out to explore whatever all the upstream falls are called now. I also managed to find the old Navajo Falls and got a picmimic of how they look now.

Saturday we dayhiked to the Colorado and back (separate triplog) and Sunday morning we headed out at about 7, making it to the "hilltop" -- I like how that name makes it sound like you're not actually hiking out of the Grand Canyon-- in under 3.5 hours.

Wanting to avoid Sunday traffic on I-17, we took an alternate route home. Google said it was only 2 miles longer. West on Route 66 past Peach Springs and then south on Hackberry Road / CR141 which is 19 miles of nicely graded dirt road that connects to US93 north of Wikieup then down through Wickenburg. I think this is an excellent alternative that skips Prescott Valley and the I-17 weekend BS.

Good to see @nathanbrisk at the campground and another car parked at the TH with a HAZ sticker.

Random notes: The bathrooms are surprisingly nice now. The cops are militarized, driving around in OHVs fully-decked out in body armor and carrying weapons and radios-- strangely, I thought this was a positive improvement from past trips. The negative was the organized groups. They use the horses to haul huge coolers of food, stoves, propane, etc. to the campground and then all gather together in close proximity. We spoke to some who had spent THOUSANDS of $$ to visit. Part of the organized groups included yoga and massage tables at the base of the falls. That part of it just seemed ridiculous to me. The line for people waiting get on a helicopter in the morning was 30 deep before first light. Many could have made it out faster by hiking ... if they wanted to!

All in all, it wasn't nearly as bad of an experience as I expected it to be. The scenery is of course unmatched, and the whole thing seems to be managed about as well as you could hope for.
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Cag Shot HAZ PicMimic

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Fern Spring - Havasu Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Nice flow from the pipe. I didn't see anybody filter. Tasted great.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Fiftyfoot Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Havasu Falls Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Havasu Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Didn't see the spring source, but the creek is running like it usually is!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hualapai Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry except for some pools where the trail crosses it about half a mile up from the end of the canyon

dry Navajo Falls Dry Dry

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