Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Havasupai, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls

This was the hike of a lifetime! You hike in 10 miles and either pack in your camping equipment or arrange for a mule to carry it for you. We did both. Hiking in was fairly easy since it was mostly downhill. You do have to have reservations and you have to get them in advance since they fill up. I hiked in with a hiking group of about 75 people. We went in May so it was cool for hiking but a little cold for all the swimming we did. Still it was amazing!

Starting off with some of our group (someone else's photo)

Hiking in with some of our group

We stopped at Havasupai village to register and eat

Then it's another 2 miles to the campground. On the way you pass Navajo Falls. I wish we would have had time to check this out

Havasu Falls- our campground was just below this. We swam here the first evening

Tip- pack your swimming suit in your backpack so you can swim while you wait for the mules

On the second day we hiked down Mooney Falls and on Beaver Falls which was a 4 mile hike

Mooney Falls

Looking up from Mooney Falls and part of it is a cave you climb through

Leaving Mooney Falls to hike to Beaver Falls

You follow Havasu Creek all the way and the trail criss crosses over the creek so it was great to have my Chacos!

Part of the trail weaves through wild grape vines and it feels like you are in a jungle

Beaver Falls

There was a little space under the water fall that we ducked into. I had to hold on pretty hard to not get swept away but then I made it. It's only a space of a few feet but you are completely behind the waterfall and then when you are ready, you swim out and let the current take you away from the waterfall. It was pretty cool

I went with my mission buddy Melissa

And I made some new friends

I jumped and it was fun but getting there was hard. I had to climb over the swift moving water from the right side because you couldn't get to it from the left. It was actually pretty scary so I only did it once. I look like I am falling but I am pushing off. Didn't want to connect with the rock below me.

Hiking back there were so many place where the creek was just so picturesque

Going back through the grapevines

This is looking down the canyon from the top of Mooney Falls

Mooney Falls

Most of our group at Mooney Falls (someone else's photo)

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