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Mar 29 2019
nathanbrisk
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33 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking12.66 Miles 4,022 AEG
Hiking12.66 Miles   49 Hrs   44 Mns   0.42 mph
4,022 ft AEG   19 Hrs   16 Mns Break
 
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We got to see a bighorn sheep up close, and that's always a treat.
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Nov 02 2018
nathanbrisk
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 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nathanbrisk
Hiking16.72 Miles 12,918 AEG
Hiking16.72 Miles   30 Hrs   46 Mns   1.45 mph
12,918 ft AEG   19 Hrs   14 Mns Break
 
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May 12 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
elrostan
Hiking8.34 Miles 7,996 AEG
Hiking8.34 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.69 mph
7,996 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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Clear day, average temps (high 80s, low 90s,) water was cold but swim-able. We started the hike as a party of three. The plan was to cook lunch and filter water at the confluence but we lucked out and hooked up with two trail veterans (3 years consecutive) and two other hikers so we stuck with them, out and back. My three liter bladder was just enough, including an hour playtime at Beaver Falls on the return trip. GPS was inaccurate so crossings did not agree with the track but thats o.k. as crossing choices were usually not critical.
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Apr 01 2018
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 01 2018
John9L
Backpack35.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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I made the trip here 7 months earlier and had no plans on returning anytime soon. That all changed when my friend Sabine had a trip fall through. She wanted to go and I needed little convincing. We were both following a Facebook Group and permits frequently went on sale. We got lucky and scored two permits from a great group out of SoCal. We made the arrangements and were on our way a few days later.

We drove up on Saturday night and headed through Prescott. It was a nice drive because there was no rush. I generally took my time and had quite the adventure on the final 60 miles to the Hilltop. Along the way we found an Elk in the middle of the road and a baby cow trotting farther down. I kept to a reasonable speed and didn’t have any issues. Please drive this road in care, especially at night. We arrived at the Hilltop at 10pm and slept in the jeep.

Our first full day had us up around 6am. The plan was for us to start around 7am and the rest of the group will be about an hour behind. We hit the trail a few minutes late and headed down. I wanted to set a slow and comfortable pace for Sabine. She has never backpacked before and I don’t want her to hate it. We divided the gear beforehand & I was carrying roughly 43lbs vs Sabine carrying 23lbs. This was a good ratio. For the most part, I let her set the pace as we worked our way down canyon. We made good time as we took a variety of pics and talked to groups hiking out. After a few hours we arrived at the village and headed for the permit office where we got comfy and waited for the permit holder.

A short time later our group leader walked into the village and handed out the permits. From there, we headed down canyon and took a short break by Fiftyfoot falls and Navajo Falls. After that, we headed down to the campground and picked a site off to the side. Most of the good sites along the creek were already taken. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the general area and I treated myself to some fry bread smothered in Nutella. Was so yum!

We woke on day two and left fairly early to head down canyon. We descended the Mooney Chains and then headed down canyon. We went at a moderate pace and I kept us on track. With much effort, we reached the Confluence and took a long break there. There were roughly a dozen hikers there and no rafters. We really enjoyed the area! After we had our fill, we headed back up canyon. It was sunny and warm as we took our time. The first few miles were slow going and I was happy to arrive at Beaver Falls. Once there we took another break and took a variety of pics. After that, we returned to camp and settled in for the night.

We woke early on day three and packed up and started out. I let Sabine set the pace as we took our time. We took a variety of breaks along the way and went slow and easy. The final 1.5 miles to the top were especially slow going but we made it. Once up top, we packed up and started the drive home. We devoured some Mexican Food in Prescott and were back in Phoenix around mid-afternoon. Was a really fun trip!
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Mar 29 2018
nathanbrisk
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33 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nathanbrisk
Hiking16.49 Miles 12,348 AEG
Hiking16.49 Miles   12 Hrs   23 Mns   1.79 mph
12,348 ft AEG   3 Hrs   10 Mns Break
 
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Sep 23 2017
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Lower Havasu Canyon - Mooney Falls to ColoradoNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
chumley
Hiking13.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   8 Hrs   50 Mns   1.56 mph
1,500 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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The whole purpose of me returning to Havasupai was to hike to the river, which I had not previously done. Well, this is the absolute highlight of the whole thing. I mean, the waterfalls are cool, but let's face it, they're overplayed. There are so many photos and videos of them that you almost don't need to go for yourself. Not to mention, the photos always frame them in such a perfect view that once you see them surrounded by the rest of real life, it's a little bit anticlimactic.

Downstream is a different story, and it actually has me pining to go back. Which is a definite surprise as I had sort of thought that this would be the last time I'd endure this whole tourist enterprise thing. Now I'm going to have to rethink that. The lack of helicopters or mules should keep a few miles of this creek relatively special, and for that I'm grateful.
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John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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John9L
Backpack35.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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I’ve been to Havasupai several times before but never ventured all the way to the Colorado. Chumley and I talked about this over the past year or two and wanted to get down there at some point but didn’t want to deal with permits. Then about a month before this Chumley told me Jane has two extra permits and asked if I wanted to go. Naturally I said yes as long as we go for the confluence. Chumley was in agreement!

I’m going to focus on the hike to the Colorado River on day two and will gloss over other details because there is so much information on Havasupai. To make a long story short we left after work on Thursday and met Jane and the rest of the group at the Bunk House at Grand Canyon Caverns. We spent the night and then headed in on Friday. The hike in went well and we met the group at the village where we got our bracelet and then picked out a sweet campsite on an island. The rest of the day was spent seeing the sights and we turned in later that evening.

We woke on Saturday and took our time in camp. We topped off our water and packed up our day packs with a dry bag and gear. Our entire group of eight left camp around 8:30am and climbed down the Mooney Chains and took a variety of pics. We stayed with the group for a few minutes but had to get moving down canyon. Once we were on our own we made fast travel. There is a mix of good trail with several crossings and some obstacles to deal with. Nothing is overwhelming. We continued down and started seeing rafters making their way to Beaver Falls as we neared the confluence. We knew we were getting close.

As you near the confluence the walls narrow and we entered the creek. You have the option of a dry route on the left but we wanted to approach from the water. For the most part the water is one to two feet deep but there is a short stretch that’s four feet deep. We waded through this stretch and found ourselves in the grotto which is absolutely spectacular! There were a few Dories and only a handful of people. We took our lunch and took a variety to pics as we explored the general area. We ended back in the grotto and scored two beers each from the rafters. We hung out for about an hour and then decided to head back up canyon. We could have spent all down at the confluence it was amazing!

We started back up canyon around 1pm and made good time as we approached Beaver Falls. Once there we dropped down and took more pics and enjoyed the area. We planned on swimming but clouds moved in and the temps dropped a bit. The lack of sun made things chilly so we waded around the falls and then climbed back up and continued up canyon. The rest of the afternoon was spent taking our time and enjoying Havasu Canyon. We climbed back up the chains at Mooney and were back to camp around 5:30pm. I was exhausted after an amazing day down canyon! It was truly a memorable adventure!

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and I was in bed around 9pm. We woke on Sunday and packed up and made the hike out which was very uneventful. Once up top we packed up and started the drive back to Phoenix. Another trip in the books! I doubt I go back any time soon. Havasu Canyon is wonderful and the confluence is a magical place! But all the BS with all the people and trash is a big turnoff for me. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad we went. I just wish the area wasn’t overrun. Thanks Chumley for driving and thanks Jane for letting us tag along.
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May 12 2017
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon River Trip, AZ 
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No, this was not on my bucket list. Well actually I don't really have a bucket list; just an idea of some of the things I'd like to do. The Grand Canyon, other than seeing it was good enough for me. Little did I know that Wendy thot I should hike down into it and Ambika thought I should raft through it. My first time seeing the Canyon was flying over it in 1980 in my brother's airplane from Montana and landing at Grand Canyon Airport. My second time was also with my brother on the train trip we took from Williams in 1996. This time, my brother had just passed so it was with mixed emotions that I took this ride.

It was great to see the canyon from this angle. I have been on the South and North and Rainbow Rims so it was fun to be rafting where I had seen previously through mine and others photos.

A Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Photography Workshop - Women's Retreat: Seven day motorized rafting trip from Lee's Ferry to Whitmore Wash on the Colorado River

what I liked:
being only one boat
being all photographers so you never had to worry if you're holding anybody up
temps were pretty much perfect for our trip
blue waters
green water of the Colorado
great food
wonderful boatman/cooks
six days seemed just right for a first trip
cowboy camping all but two nites

what I didn't like:
all that sand... in everything.
no napkins :o
midnite treks to the privy (one nite I was way off track :oops: and the First Mate fortunately spotted me and directed me)
I packed just a tad too much and my travel bag was a tad too big for the pumpkin
hectic schedule; seemed hardly any time to just soak it in
not enough hikes
would like to have seen more canyons

And by the way, getting your big camera in and out of its dry bag was something we did all day long as well as getting up and down in lieu of what rapids were ahead.

Our theme: "What time is it?" "It's river time :y: "

Day 1 - Lee's Ferry to Sand Pile Camp (about 30 miles) 10:30-5:30 with a stop at Sheer Wall Rapids ledges for lunch
Day 2 - Sand Pile Camp to Below Kwagunt Camp (about 24 miles) 8-5 by Vasey's Paradise with stops at Redwall Cavern, Nautiloid Ledge, lunch at Eminence Camp, Nankoweap Granaries hike (so glad I got here as I was so impressed from fellow HAZers 2013 trip and photos).
Day 3 - Below Kwagunt Camp to Granite Rapid Camp (about 36 miles) 7:15AM - 5 with two hour stop at LCR, lunch at Papago Beach (fun to see another HAZer area I had heard and seen so much about). Hike up a bit of Monument Creek after setting up camp. Fun to be in another area fellow HAZers have been.
Day 4 - Photoshoot at Granite Rapids to 119.8 Mile Camp (about 26 miles) 8-5:30 with lunch at Hotauta Canyon and stops at Shinumo Creek (running fast and high so couldn't get back to the Falls) and Elves Chasm (as pretty as all the pictures I've seen).
Day 5 - Tres Burritos Camp to Below Kanab Creek (about 25 miles) 8:30-5 with hike to Stone Creek Falls, lunch at Owl Eyes (Dolly Parton), little hike to Deer Creek Falls
Day 6 - below Kanab Creek to Whitmore Helipad 7:30-5 (about 42 miles) including stop at Havasu Canyon and Creek for hike (just incredible), lunch at Last Chance camp. Lava Falls was all that, just was over too quick but we got slammed hard and wanted to do it again anyway.
Day 7 - fly out on helicopter to Bar 10 Ranch (about 15 minutes at 7ish o'clock), take deHavilland at 9:11AM for flight to Marble Canyon at 10:20AM (both were awesome). (160 miles if by road)

My videos are done via mileage as well which is noted in the video title. In the descriptions below the videos I'll mention the highlights included in that video: PLAYLIST Grand Canyon Rafting Trip, Lee's Ferry to Whitmore Helipad Playlist Also in the videos I tried to label the rapids and as I got further along in the videos I tried to identify the landmarks.


By the way, I have full details of the trip. The report includes photo references and the rapids and their rating as well as landmarks. So if you would like a more detailed description, let me know via PM and I can send it to you. I thot it would be way too much to put directly on a HAZ trip report.
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May 28 2013
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nonot
Backpack48.00 Miles 6,000 AEG
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Fun trip, need to do HAZ writeups. The hilltop restrooms and the restroom facilities at the campgrounds are much improved than my last visit. The crowding and parking is worse however. There is also a ranger on duty. Good to see the tribe is improving the quality of the trip for visitors.
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This is a nice spring in a remote place. About 2-6 gpm. The flow only persists about an eighth of a mile down canyon. I didn't drink it but it didn't taste salty to me for the few drops.

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The reason most will visit, this is perennial.

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Dry at intersection w/Beaver

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Apr 06 2008
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
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nonot
Hiking40.00 Miles 3,900 AEG
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This was an absolutely incredible trip.

We arrived late Thursday night at the hilltop and crashed in the parking lot. The first night was cold. Some of us slept in the car, I crashed in the space between the cars.

The next morning, our group assembled and we headed down into Haulapai Canyon. The way down is pretty easy, it's all downhill :). After about 6 miles of gravel streambed you reach Havasu Creek, which you follow through the village. I had read alot of bad things about the conditions there. I didn't spend that much time, but walking through it didn't seem to be that bad. I thought it was pretty interesting.

Soon after the village, you rejoin the creek and the waterfalls begin to appear alongside the trail. First, fifty foot falls, then Navajo Falls, which is screened from view. Finally you reach Havasu Falls and your jaw hits the ground.

A short distance past the falls you enter the campground area. Sites were in short supply when we went but I think we managed to snag a good one on the other side of the creek. I was worried about finding the spring, but it's marked with huge signs :) and is impossible to miss. It should be noted that there are porta-potties on both ends of the campground, which aren't really any better or worse than those elsewhere in the world.

In the afternoon we did some swimming in the falls and explored an old mine, it was a blast.

It only took me about 3.5 hours to do the 10 miles to the campgrounds (6 to creek, 2 to village, 2 to campground), but some in my group didn't show up until a few hours later in the afternoon.

The second day I wanted to get an early start, but typical camp activities ensued and I didn't get moving until about 9 AM. I headed downstream, climbed down the chains of Mooney Falls, and proceeded at a pretty good pace. I stopped to get some pictures of Beaver Falls, but quickly was on my way again. I made it to the Colorado in about 3.5 hours and my GPS indicated the 7 mile distance was more like 9.5 with all the back and forth.

I talked briefly with some of the rafters, had lunch, and spoke with someone else who had hiked down (he said it had taken him 6 hours and he was planning to return at night. I hope he made it out OK, I didn't run into him the next morning.) On the way back upstream, I snapped photos until my camera battery ran out (I forgot the spare, doh!) It took me 4 hours on the return.

The only difficulties going to the Colorado and back are: within the first mile downstream from Mooney, there are lots of tourist trails, generally you want to stay high. Around Beaver falls, alot of side trails, you also want to stay high. Before Beaver is a steep climb using a log/board ladder. After Beaver Falls is an extremely steep downclimb (cliff). Around the Colorado there are lots of rafter trails. You want to stay on the North until the last slot canyon. Someone mentioned a knotted rope in the past logs, I don't think it is there anymore, at least I didn't see it???

I made it back to camp in the late afternoon, ate dinner, and had a good time telling people about the trip. There were some folks the next campground over we met and everyone had a good time until it was time to hit the hay.

The next day we took it easy on the way out and hiking out in the midday sun made it a little hot at times. I think it was about 4.5 hours, including several breaks.

This was a fantastic trip, if you don't go all the way to the Colorado, I think you're missing alot. It's hard to find the words to describe this amazing natural wonder.
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Oct 20 2007
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Backpack38.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
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Day 1 to campground, Day 2 to CO River, out Day 3
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