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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 04 2009
writelots
Backpack24.00 Miles 2,496 AEG
Backpack24.00 Miles2 Days         
2,496 ft AEG
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Braved the crowds on the holiday weekend because I wanted to play in Havasu by the full moon. Timing was everything on this trip, and we did it just right to get all of the benefits we wanted... I was eager to see the changes brought by the flood, and delighted to find that it has only created more wonderful things to discover.

Drove up on Thursday night and made camp at about midnight in the Natl. Forest lands just below the trailhead. Flattest camping area I have ever been in - but at dawn it was a beauty. The nearly-full moon was setting exactly as the sun was rising, both were orange globes on the horizon... Of course, my camera was buried and inaccessible for the show, but then, life's most precious images are best stored in the mind, right?

Hike in was perfect weather wise - we were at the campground at about 11:00am. We avoided crowds on the trail as well as the hottest part of the day. Spent the whole afternoon at Havasu Falls frolicking in the water and generally having a great time. Then, we napped. Ah, napping in a hammock on a warm afternoon is enough to sell ANYONE. Ate an early dinner then took our adult libations up to the waterfall to watch it by the full moon. Perfect.

Although the sky was crystal clear when we went to bed around 10:30, it was raining a couple of hours later. Not enough to really get things wet, but just enough to bring up the humidity and make it a long, hot night. Always love thunder in the canyon, though. Slept in as much as we could, then hiked down to spend the early part of the day at Mooney. This is when the crowds really began to arrive. The destruction at the base of Mooney and the attempts of the tribe to create a new swimming area have made it impossible to find a flat, relaxing spot to sit down there, however. So, we headed back up early and spent more of our time at the less crowded and more relaxing Havasu Falls.

Began our hike out around 4:30pm just as a small storm began to blow through. It sprinkled on us on and off the whole way. We grabbed a fry-bread snack at the village, then hauled it out. The last of the group made it to the trailhead by 9pm. The plan to hike out in the moonlight backfired due to heavy clouds, but it's definitely a do-able trail at night. I'll probably stick to this idea from now on, as it was plesant temperature wise, uncrowded and delightful to see the side canyon in a whole new light!

More details to come with the photo set, but overall another fantastic adventure!
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