This event is for three nights camping at Havasupai Falls. This was one of John's and my first backpacking trips that we really enjoyed and would love to share this experience with others. Once this is arranged and dates are official I will look into how to move forward with this event and start taking people off the waiting list. We are not expert backpackers, but as an experienced hiker and backpacker we know we can share this event. Havasupai is amazing and we can't wait to go again with the gang. Cross posted with Adventures Unlimited.
Since this is about a 5-6 hour drive everyone can make their own lodging it works much better. You can sleep at the Hualapai hilltop. The closest hotel is the caverns it's still 66 miles from the hilltop, but a lot cheaper to stay at Kingman or Laughlin, AZ. Remember to pick up any last minute needs at Walmart and gas up vehicles at Kingman AZ. From Kingman we’ll be taking route 66 to Indian Highway 18 which is near Peach Springs. The Hualapai Hilltop is 66 miles down this road[masked],[masked]. You can spend the night at this location. Sleep wherever you feel comfortable and there are port-o-potties. Some sleep in their cars and trucks, on the ground and on portable cots. Vehicles will be safe.
o Day One: We will hike down at 6:30 am, we hike 8 miles to Supai Village. Here I pick up and pay for our permits. Next it’s 2 more miles to the campground. We should be at the camp in the very early afternoon. We’ll set up camp and have plenty of time to explore Mooney or any of the other nearby falls.
o Day Two: 6 am departure for 17 mile round trip hike to Colorado River with visit to Beaver Falls on our return. This is the hike that will set this trip apart from others. Yes, long, but simple with regards to terrain and elevation gain. We'll follow a route along Havasu Creek allowing for a relaxed pace and stops to cool off in the creek when needed. We will be back at camp in the early evening.
o Day Three: Explore New Navajo Falls and other new Falls, explore mine and do some Falls Jumping or just relax it's up to you.
o Day Four: Eat Breakfast, break camp and begin 2 mile hike back to Supai Village. Once in Supai we can grab some food at the café and some supplies for our hike out. Our plan (John and I) is to stay at the Edge Water in Laughlin on the way home. So we can eat a big buffet and get some sleep Prepare:
We all have a vested interest in each other's well being.
The success of the trip depends upon our ability to be organized.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms are dispersed throughout the campground. While they were always well supplied you should still bring some TP with you. You’ll do your business and then put a scoop or two of the wood chips in.
Safety: Use obvious personal precautions and there will be no safety issues.
First Aid/Medical: There is nothing local or nearby so we’re pretty much on our own. In the case of a real emergency the closest hospital is a helicopter ride and we’d have to get you to the village. On occasion if we’re lucky they could have a doctor in the village, but not likely.
Water: There is a continuously running spring midway along the campground. There is no need to filter this water. My recommendation is to bring PLENTY of any powdered drink you prefer. Having 1-2 higher capacity water bags will save on trips to the spring.
Water Filters: The only time we used our filter was on the Colorado River hike.
Mesh bag: A laundry type mesh bag can come in handy. While the creek in no way is a substitute for a refrigerator, it is cooler. I would fill my bladder, various water containers and a couple food items and keep them in the bag secured by rope of course and leave it in the creek. A water tight bag could serve similarly.
Food Storage: No bear boxes are needed. Food should be stored in sealed packages and left in your backpack when not being used. DO NOT leave food out unattended! There are wild and not so wild dogs owned by the Indians that wander the area. They are harmless, but will eat your food, as I learned, if you leave things out.
Daypack: You should bring a daypack or fanny pack to use.
Pack Mules: I will NOT promote use of the mules to get in and out of the canyon except in the case of an injury. We’re hikers!! However, if you really think you’ll need the assistance we can arrange for a mule to take your pack. . Do not do this so you can bring more “stuff”!! This should be only done by those that have true concerns about carrying heavier packs. The bags will be delivered to the entrance of the campground and then you will need to transport them to our actual site.
We carry only what we need
And make sure we need what we carry.
Money: You’ll need some cash for the Supai Café and Market. While items will cost a bit more.
Trash: What we pack in we pack out. Keep this in mind when preparing for this trip. Any item that can be repackaged will help with not only lightening your load, but by decreasing the amount of trash we’ll be carrying out. With proper planning you should easily fit the trash in a single gallon size zip lock.
The Hiking in General: To the regular hikers these are simple hikes other than dealing with carrying more weight than normal. The trails, while rocky in areas, are all pretty well developed.
The Hike In: It’s a fairly steep ascent for the first mile then a fairly flat and plain rocky trail through the canyon. We will get our first glimpse of water as we approach the Supai Village.
The Helipad: Located next to the Café. It’s always fun to watch helicopters. They use them to haul out trash (not from here), supplies and hikers. Tribe leaders are always given priority regarding its use.
The Land: We are not on U.S. soil while down there. We are subject to tribal rules and laws. Occasionally you may see a pistol carrying uniformed officer.
The Hike Out: The opposite of the hike in the market they sell frozen water and Gatorade. This will be like heaven on the trail out.
The Cost: Per person $100. They always say the fee is subject to change. Per person it’s $5 (environmental fee), $35 (entry fee), $17 x 3 nights (camping fee). This comes to $91, add 10% tax and it’s actually $100.10. So let’s call it $100.00.
Weather: Hot, it will cool off around 3 in the morning. You should be prepared for the outside chance of rain.
Clothing: You can easily hike in and out wearing the same clothes. Otherwise all you need are a couple bathing suits and shirts. Also comfortable, yet sturdy, water shoes that will stand up to the combination of climbing rocks, hiking and also any cliff jumping we might do. We’ll be in the water a lot. You will not notice the heat when in the water.
Showers: Nope (you’re in water most of the day!) Women are encouraged to braid or tie up their hair; otherwise you could be dealing with hardcore tangles.
Internet: free Wi-Fi, NOT!
Camp Chair: If you have a light weight backpack chair you will find use for it on this trip.
Fires: No, just for cooking.
Sleeping: You really don’t need a sleeping bag, but I do recommend a tent or hammock. It is likely to be warm at night so keep this in mind. A heavier sleeping bag can be used for our night on the Hilltop and can be left behind.
Meal Planning: It's up to you weather you want to group up, buddy up with someone for meals or due your own meal planning however you feel comfortable. (Optional) Most of the time making a group means more food because you can share the weight of the stoves and food. John and I he carries the stove I carry the food. The more you plan, the more fun and successful this trip will be. Appetizers, main course and yes, deserts!! Have a group meeting where you plan meals, letting individuals choose tasks for which they will be responsible. As an example someone might be in charge of providing and preparing the main course for one meal and KP duty for another. Meal time is also social time when everyone gathers and assists. Search ideas on the internet. Start hoarding packets of mayo, ketchup, mustard, Tapatio or whatever when you’re out and about before the trip. Incorporate already minimally packaged foods. Keep in mind cooking times. Angel Hair pasta will require less fuel to cook than others. Certain types of rice and other products require similarly less prep time. Powdered soups can make a nice appetizer. Tortilla’s can be filled with just about anything. Making your own dehydrated food is also good idea. Balancing your weight among each other is success.
Waiver of Liability: This group, its organizer and assistant organizers,will not beheld responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike/outing, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing.