Happy Hiker travel blog

First View from Trailhead 4/10/12

the hike begins

Mule Train

Same mule train close up

Canyon Hike

Canyon Hike

Such a surprise of color along the trail!

Lunch Break

Amy and Me just before the villiage of Supai

New set of falls from the 2009-10 flooding

New Falls

First view of Havasu falls


My tent / home for the next few days

On Tuesday 4/10/12 the hike into Havasu Canyon begins. The first view across the rim is breathtaking and the attached picture just cannot do it justice. I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to be at the bottom and able to look up at where i was now standing! On the trip down we would encounter several mule trains. All supplies to the village are brought in by either mule or helicopter. After the first mile and a half the steep switchbacks level out to a canyon wash hike. Around noon we stopped for lunch on a large outcropping (a place we called the Hard Rock Cafe). At the 6 mile point a sign points the way to Supai village. At this point the scenery really changes. Because of the floods the path of the Havasu Creek had changed and widened. The path went from desert/canyon scape to lush green cottonwood trees and shrubs. Stepped off the beaten path for a quick photo op near the creek then moved on toward the village. Another 2 miles and we reach the village to check in for the campsite. Also hit the Supai store for an ice cold tea and an orange push up - tasted soooooo good! Just 2 more miles and we will be at the campground. Along the way we would see a beautiful new yet unnamed falls that was created by the recent floods. The most awesome site however was the first site of Havasu Falls just prior to the downhill into the campsite. The rest of the day would be spent hauling gear to the selected site and setting up camp. What a great day!

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