The only hike I have ever written about to receive 5 stars in the ranking below! This hike has everything and is arguably my favorite place on earth! I tell everyone it honestly reminds me of Jurassic Park.
The combination of the outdoors, being cut off completely from civilization, feeling of accomplishment from hiking in and out with a 50 pound pack and not to mention the miles of unique beauty are unrivaled. I have been lucky enough to make the trip a few times and each day has been just as amazing as before it. I have hiked all over the world and honestly the combination of all the factors make it arguably #1. I have gotten into debates with people who travel and hike more than I do and they were at a loss when trying to name something better.
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The hike itself isn’t too bad but if you have a 40-50 pound bag you will definitely be tested, especially on the way out. Keep in mind that not only will you be hiking 10 miles in and out but you will also hike at least 10 miles while down there to explore Beaver falls or even 20 miles if you go all the way down to the Colorado river. Overall you will do 30-40 miles of hiking so be prepared!
The effort is worth it though, the main waterfall the hike is known for might be the lesser of the 3 and is definitely #2 on the list. Not to mention that truly the entire area down there uncovers mile after mile of unique views and nature in all of its glory.
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Havasupai Trail To Havasupai Campground
20 Miles Out & Back
The hike overall wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t for packing in a 30-50lb backpack. While difficult, it truly is worth all of sweat and pain as you go along one of the prettiest hikes in the world. The hike is 8 miles to Supai village and then 2 more miles to the campground from there. It will take around 2.5-3 hours to get to Supai and 3.5-4 hours to the campground.
The first 1-1.5 miles down is down a pretty steep decline just a bit less than Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain. With that said you are already in love with the views as you peer across the gorgeous box canyon. While it is not part of the Grand Canyon you wouldn’t know the difference as it is transcendent.
Once at the bottom it is pretty flat as you walk down the canyon along a loose gravel/sand path. It can be hot as there is not a shade so it is nice to get an early start. For 6-7 miles you’ll walk through the canyon with plenty of photo-ops along the way. I would take your pictures on the way down because the mood will probably be much less upbeat on the way back.
As you walk into Supai there is a small convenience store on your left. You can stop there, or there is another convenience store and a cafeteria style restaurant in the middle of town.
Walking into Supai you will see where to check-in on your left to get your camping info and tags. While you checkin for your group your group can always walk down to the convenience store and cafeteria just passed where the helicopter landing is. There’s also a basketball court, worth taking a few shots in one of the prettier basketball locations I’ve ever seen.
Once fueled up in Supai had the last 2 miles down to the campground. As you get closer the creek will appear with your first glimpse of the gorgeus water. 1.5 miles down you will come up to 50 Foot Falls & Navajo Falls on your left. There are there some secret spots in the Falls as well if you can find them. With now having 3 nights I would come back to 50 Foot Falls & Navajo Falls the 2nd to last day to explore around and maybe get dinner in town.
As you come round the last stretch you will come up to breathtaking Havasu Falls and you’ve made it! Head down the trail to pick you campsite and get ready for one of the best experiences you’ll ever have.
- I don’t know where to start or where to begin. I think my posts on this place speak to the amounts of pros.
- Cut off from civilization
- No cell service
- Feel like you’re in Jurassic Park
- You get to go camping
- Water that you didn’t think would be in this country.
- Miles of natural beauty.
- Feeling of accomplishment.
- None of these “cons” matter.
- It’s one of the toughest things you will ever do.
- Tough to pack food wise.
- Locals aren’t the happiest of campers.
- There isn’t much to do when it gets dark since you can’t have a campfire… it’s peaceful though!
- Havings some drinks to pass the night would be nice.
- It often gets dark in the canyon early so be sure to be up early and get your hiking in.
- Do not hurry back to your campsite each day. As mentioned it gets dark early and there really isn’t much to do at night since you can’t have a fire and packed pretty lightly.
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