Hike Havasu Falls
Hike Havasu Falls: What to Expect
To hike Havasu Falls is to undertake a truly memorable adventure. Hiking is our recommended way of getting to Havasupai if you’re physically able. The trail is only steep for the first 1.5 miles from the trailhead, and after that it is mostly level hiking with a slightly downhill slant. The hiking is rocky and sandy, and pack mules going up and down canyon are important to avoid, but generally this is a moderate hike. It is 10 miles to reach the campground though, which is a considerable distance. Finally, there’s no water for the first 6 miles and daytime temperatures from May through September are often above 105 degrees fahrenheit in the shade.
- Hilltop (trailhead) to Havasu Creek: 6 miles
- Havasu Creek to Supai: 2 miles
- Supai to Campground: 2 miles
- Campground to Beaver Falls: 3.5 miles
- Beaver Falls to the Colorado River: 3.5 miles
Hike Havasu Falls – Preparation and Safety
Fitness: You must be in good physical shape to hike to Havasu Falls. As mentioned above, this is a moderate hike by general backpacking standards, but it’s long (10 miles) and can be very hot (105+ degrees fahrenheit in the shade)
Water: It’s imperative you have enough water for your hike. We recommend carrying 3 liters of water per person and a bottle of frozen Gatorade or other electrolyte-balanced drink.
Seasonal Concerns: May through September can be very hot, so it’s best to start hiking early and bring plenty of water and snacks. And the monsoon season (July through September) can also have extreme rains that lead to flash flooding.
Trail Food: Bring plenty of salty snacks with you during your hike and eat them often. energy bars, potato chips, trail mix, sandwiches, fruit, nuts…etc. make for great trail food.
Meals: There is a convenience store and a restaurant in Supai, but unless you’re planning on staying at the Supai Lodge, it’s best to provide your own meals. Dehydrated backpacking meals are a great choice as long as you have a backpacking stove.
Gear: Bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, backpacking stove, pots and pans, water treatment, sunscreen, bug repellent, headlamp, and 1st aid kit. See a recommended packing list for more information.
Guided Hiking/Camping Tour to Havasupai
There are many benefits to going with a guided group into Havasu Falls. You don’t have to worry about reservations, food, gear, or logistics, which allows you to relax and focus 100% on enjoying the waterfalls and hiking experience. Guided tours also provide a dramatically increased level of safety, comfort, and education. The company we recommend, The Wildland Trekking Company, provides pack mules for all gear and food so you hike with only a light daypack.
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