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PostFri May 03, 2019 11:17 pm 
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Somehow managed to get lucky and got a permit for Havasupai this year.  I flew down to Phoenix on the 25th, but took the long route through Sedona & Flagstaff as I had never been.  Really enjoyed the drive up Oak Creek Canyon.
Beautiful church inside & out
Beautiful church inside & out
Red rocks of Sedona
Red rocks of Sedona
Arizona sunset
Arizona sunset

Got to the Haulupai Hilltop at 10:30 pm after going through a security checkpoint on Indian Rd 18 checking for drugs and alcohol.  After a sleepless night in the Nissan Sentra rental I was happy to head into the canyon and start hiking.  The trail quickly descend a thousand feet into the canyon then is mostly flat to Supai.  The town of Supai still receives all mail via pony express.
The Hilltop
The Hilltop
Red rocks of Supai
Red rocks of Supai
Nearing the canyon floor
Nearing the canyon floor
Supai Village
Supai Village
Cacti
Cacti

After checking in at the tourist office I headed down the last couple miles and found a nice private camp just off Havasu Creek.
Bridges at camp
Bridges at camp
Creek runs through the campsite
Creek runs through the campsite
Bridges in camp
Bridges in camp
Nearing an oasis
Nearing an oasis

Spent the rest of the day back at Havasu, Navajo, & Fifty Foot Falls.
Above Navaho Falls
Above Navaho Falls
Fifty Foot Falls
Fifty Foot Falls
Above Havasu Falls
Above Havasu Falls
Navaho Falls
Navaho Falls
50 Foot Falls
50 Foot Falls
Nice place for the hammock
Nice place for the hammock
Blue water above Havasu Falls
Blue water above Havasu Falls

Decided to check out Mooney Falls as well.  Spectacular Falls!
Above Mooney
Above Mooney
The rails down to Mooney
The rails down to Mooney
Looking down on Mooney
Looking down on Mooney
Mooney is stunning
Mooney is stunning
Mooney
Mooney

Saturday was focused on hiking to the confluence w/ the Colorado.  This was a 16 mile day with somewhere around 22 creek crossings.  Met some rafters at the confluence who offered me some free beer!  This made up for the 6 pack that was previously taken at said checkpoint.
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
Ladders & Rails lead to Mooney Falls
Ladders & Rails lead to Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls early morning
Mooney Falls early morning
On the way to the confluence
On the way to the confluence
Camp area
Camp area
Beaver Falls
Beaver Falls
Cascading falls
Cascading falls
Havasu Creek (2)
Havasu Creek (2)
Hiking along Havasu
Hiking along Havasu
Hiking to the confluence
Hiking to the confluence
Blue waters
Blue waters
Hiking above the narrows
Hiking above the narrows
Easy ledges above Havasu
Easy ledges above Havasu
The mighty Colorado River
The mighty Colorado River
Confluence of the Colorado and Havasu
Confluence of the Colorado and Havasu
Canyon
Canyon
The Narrows
The Narrows
Ponds near Havasu Falls
Ponds near Havasu Falls
Delicious
Delicious
Havasu Creek
Havasu Creek

Took the hammock up to Havasu Falls early Sunday and watched the sunrise over the falls.
Morning at Havasu
Morning at Havasu
Havasu Falls scene
Havasu Falls scene

Awoke early morning to gusty winds and rain.  Luckily it was also my day to leave.  However, the heavy desert rains followed me 10 miles to the Hilltop, but things only got more bleak.  Found a flat tire on the rental, and with no jack or lug wrench to fix it.  Thankfully people are amazing and a few people stuck around in the rain to help out.
Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls
1st view of Havasu Falls
1st view of Havasu Falls
Between the cliffs down to Mooney
Between the cliffs down to Mooney
Mooney on a blue bird day
Mooney on a blue bird day
Near Mooney Falls
Near Mooney Falls
Morning light at Havasu
Morning light at Havasu
Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls
Mooney in morning light
Mooney in morning light
Bird
Bird
Powerful Mooney Falls
Powerful Mooney Falls

Another great day in the desert!!!

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PostSat May 04, 2019 7:19 am 
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Those waterfalls look inviting.

rocknclimb wrote:
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Looks like a Summer Tanager to me.  Perhaps the species is making its first cameo on NWHikers!

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PostSat May 04, 2019 9:25 pm 
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Now I wanna go!

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PostSat May 04, 2019 9:29 pm 
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This place looks incredible.
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PostSun May 05, 2019 2:45 pm 
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Nice Derek! Ive seen pictures of Havasu falls before but i thought that was it. I didnt know about all the other hidden gems! Killer trip and pics man! rocker.gif

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PostSun May 05, 2019 7:32 pm 
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So lovely, thanks for sharing!
Id like to go there before I get too old, I wonder how difficult it is to get a permit?
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PostMon May 06, 2019 3:50 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
wonder how difficult it is to get a permit?

Difficult, but not impossible.  Permits go on sale February 1st, and sellout in a matter of minutes.  Need to have flexible dates ready beforehand.  There is also a permit transfer page for groups unable to go on their scheduled time, but these disappear just as quick as they appear.

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PostMon May 06, 2019 7:36 pm 
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like the big river had more runoff happening when you got there (i.e. a bit brown) - that's what  it looked like when we pushed off from Lee's Ferry ramp last May but by the time we got to Havasu this is what the confluence looked like:

Havasu Chub-2366
Havasu Chub-2366

I bet you didn't see a ton of people for much of the  hike to the confluence.
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PostFri May 10, 2019 11:52 am 
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What a beautiful area
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