2 Night meet up to Havasupai Falls! (Hike down Weds 10/9 6:00am, Hike up 10/11)
My friend and I are visiting from Michigan to do this hike and would like to take a group with us! We will be staying the night prior in Seligman (~84 miles from the hilltop) and driving in early to start the hike. Maybe carpooling can be arranged in the comment section for those who live close to each other. Anyone wishing to split the cost of a mule $95 one way- carries 130lbs please let me know!
We will begin the 8 mile hike to the village of Supai from Hualapai Hilltop at 6:00 AM on Wednesday 10/9. Once in Supai we can pick up our permits and pay the required fees. Fees are: $35 entrance fee, $5 environmental fee and camping fee of $17/per night plus 10% tax. Please call[masked] to make YOUR OWN reservations. I have been told that there are plenty of spots available. After we pay we will proceed hiking 2 more miles to the campground.
When we get there you are free to explore on your own or you may join us. After setting up camp we plan to spend the day at Little and Big Navajo falls and Supai falls. The next day (Thursday) we plan to relax and swim at Mooney falls (0.5 miles from campground) and Beaver falls. We will Hike back on Friday 10/11.
About the hike:
The first 1.5 miles is switchbacks descending 2200 ft. The trail is rugged and rocky. Please wear well-fitted and comfortable hiking boots or hiking shoes. Then the trail carves through a narrow canyon as you make your way to the village. The remaining hike is a very gradual downhill hike through mostly dry canyon that feels quite flat much of the time. It is recommended to bring 2-3 Liters of water and you may need more for the way back.The last 1.5 miles is sandy. Prepare to leave early Friday morning as the way back up can take twice as long and the last mile up the switchbacks is quite steep. Please prepare by reading as much as possible about the environment and geography at http://www.havasupaifalls.net Water shoes are suggested for the water activities and it can get very cold at night so pack strategically.
About the camp:
Again, please make your own reservations. No campfires are permitted. However, camp stoves are allowed. There are picnic tables at many of the sites that will make cooking a bit easier. The river is typically quite clear, so we will be able to filter water directly from it. Temps average upper 70's in the day and upper 40's in the night.
If anyone is interested in carpooling/gear sharing it can be discussed in the comments section. My personal email is [masked] if anyone would like to contact me.
Happy Hiking! Cant wait to see you all! :)