Hualapai Hilltop to Supai via Havasu Falls
(12 miles, +400/-2,400 feet).
Half Cookie has always wanted to do this trip to the Grand Canyon. It is in the National Park, but it is to the west of the main corridor and it is controlled by the Native Americans who live here. Supai village is an 8 mile walk down from the rim and beyond that are a series of spectacular water falls that are popular with hikers.
We stayed the night in Peach Springs so we could get an early start to beat the heat.
We made it to Hualapai Hilltop around 5:45am and headed down shortly after that.
We took breaks every now and then so Kai and Pasta Jay could climb the walls.
Soon the sun was shining on us and it got hot quickly.
Occasionally mule trains would pass us by, leaving us the gift of their feces.
Eventually the trail dropped into a narrower canyon where we got some shade again.
But the heat still really got to us.
About 10am we made it to Supai and checked into the Lodge there (yes, this is “glamping” not camping).
We ate lunch and took naps in the air conditioned hotel, waiting out the heat of the day. Then around 5pm we ventured out again to go see Havasupai Falls, a two mile walk downhill.
Navajo Falls were on the way.
Nothing could really prepare us to see Havasupai Falls in person. Believe it or not, they are even more stunning in person.
The toughest part of today was the long climb back up to Supai in the 100 degree heat. I dipped my shirt in the water whenever I could.