New Meetup: Havasupai Falls, Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

From: Bob F
Sent on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Havasupai Falls, Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

When: Saturday, May 22,[masked]:00 PM

Grand Canyon - Havasupai Falls
Hualapai Hilltop Indian 18
Supai, AZ 86435

This trip is being organized by one of our members, Peter Kiefer. If you are interested in attending please contact Peter directly for more information. Scroll down the page to see Peter's description of this trip (which I just copied and pasted).

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release Form on file with us. This covers all trips and activities for 2010, so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP Yes for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our "RSVP" Policy located in our "About" section

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is May 14, 2010

Trip Dates: May 22 (Sat meet in Flagstaff & drive to trailhead to camp) thru May 27 (Thurs hike out)

Drive Time to Flagstaff: 4.5 hrs from Albuquerque. *Then a 2.5 hour drive from Flagstaff to Havasupai Trailhead.

From Albuquerque take I-40 to Flagstaff. Call Peter [masked]) for info on where to meet by 3:00 pm in Flagstaff on Saturday.

Hike Description

There is an elevation drop of approximately 2000-ft at the start of this hike. The hike is rated as difficult due to the length of the hike. From Haulapai Hilltop and the rim of the canyon to Havasu campground/Havasu Falls and is approximately 12 miles on pretty level ground and some very beautiful Grand Canyon scenery. We'll be hiking pass three very beautiful waterfalls near the campground.

The first is Navajo Falls, it's not very tall but very beautiful and if you're interested in geology. The area is chock full of marine fossils, mostly fossilized corrals and sponges and maybe stromatolites. The second is Havasupai Falls which is world famous.

The third is Mooney Falls, which is actually the tallest of the three and named after a poor miner who fell to his death trying to traverse it before they blasted a trail down it but that's quite an amazing waterfall as well. There is an optional 16 mile round trip day hike out and back from the campground to the Colorado River, that is rated as strenuous.

Here's Peter's Trip Details:

1. We will be camping out 4 nights - 5/23-26 - that's a Sun thru Wed night. Since we won't pay till we get there, individuals can be flexible, i.e., if you want to stay less, let me know. More or longer is probably not possible.
2. Four (4) of my people are probably going to have me reserve one mule to carry down packs. If MeetUp people want a mule, then, let me know. A mule, roundtrip, costs $187 + tax, so that needs to be taken into account.
3. I have been down there to Havasupai about 15 times so I pretty much know the ropes. Call if you have ANY questions.
4. I plan to do a one day hike to the Colorado (16 miles roundtrip). A couple of spots along the way can be rough. Call for details. I consider this hike a real adventure.
5. The Web site for Havasupai is: All the details (including cost) are available there.
6. We should meetup in Flagstaff sometime Sat (5/22) at around 3:00 PM. After eating something, we can head out to the trailhead (about a 2.5 hour drive) & camp there Sat night. This will give us a nice early start Sun AM to beat the heat. Another (not as good) option is to sleep at my place Sat night & leave no later than 4 AM in the morning. However, 12 (or less, depending) might be a little crowded in my 2-Bedroom place. If needed, I WILL DO IT!
7. Like I already said, we have 6 or 7 open slots available. I also have some extra gear (like a tent) but I plan to go tentless.
8. I think I need someone as a sub-tripleader in Albuquerque to help out at that end.
9. By this time of year, Havasupai should be nice & warm for all the swimming we want.
10. A visit to the South Rim after the trip is also an option.
11. My Telephone # (505) 920-6092.

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