Havasupai Falls to the Colorado River

Ever since I had seen the way the beautiful blue waters of Havasu creek and the way it mixes with the dirty brown of the Colorado River I knew I wanted to explore it. We started the hike friday morning around 4 am to get an early start on the day. It is amazing the amount of stars you can see hiking through the canyon at night. It is a completely different experience and slightly eerie at night but it just adds to the thrill. Just after the two hour mark we reached Havasu Creek. We had never been to the beginning of the natural spring so we decided to go off trail and explore the origin of Havasu Creek. Less than a mile away we reached the creek beginning. A small two feet wide spring coming out of the ground was a little disappointing at first. But after some reflection found it to be amazing that a spring that small can create such powerful waterfalls such as Mooney Falls. After Taking a quick break we set off to reach the Supai village to check in and get our permits. We arrived to our campsite and began setting up. I used a Yukon Outfitter Double Hammock with a rainfly and a sleeping bag rated at 30 degrees F. We ate breakfast and began our day of adventuring. First we visited Havasu Falls the second biggest of the Supai falls at 90ft. The most popular of the falls, there are usually large crowds so its best to get there early. After some swimming and photographing I continued on to the next falls. Hidden falls or Secret falls was next in line. It is the perfect cliff jumping location in Havasupai. It has cliffs that range from 20-100ft and the water is about 25ft deep. We finished up the day exploring Navajo and 50 Foot Falls before a good nights sleep in the hammock.

The beginning of day two began at 8 am after a quick breakfast. The hike to Mooney Falls is roughly a half mile from the campground but the traverse through the cliff side to reach the bottom is treacherous. It includes a series of chains and ladders used to descend the cliff side to the bottom of Mooney falls. Although Mooney the 190ft monster waterfall is an amazing sight our journey would take us 8 miles down creek to the confluence of Havasu Creek and the Colorado River. As we continued on down stream across the creek we saw a full grown Big horn sheep. It was one of the first big horn sheep I have ever seen and the first I have seen in the canyon. Magnificent animals, the big horn sheep are able to climb very steep cliffs with speed and agility. After several miles and a few creek crossing we reached the Havasu Creek narrows. Beautiful sand stone walls and glowing blue water, the havasu creek narrows are quite the experience. This section of the creek is only 1-2 feet deep and contains an endangered fish called the humpback chub. After wading through the narrows the Colorado River can be seen mixing with Havasu Creek. The blue water meeting with the brown of the Colorado River has a distinct separation and can be seen perfectly as two separate waters. After a nice lunch and some time relaxing in the bottom of the grand canyon we headed back to camp.


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