On the fourth day, we got up early to break camp while the sun was rising. I took this picture the day before – by the time it was light enough to take pictures on the last day, all that was left of this was the picnic table and lots of boxes with all our gear.
We started out hike towards Supai and caught fantastic light on the lower Navajo Falls.
Having passed the village, we walked along the shaded creek above the falls until we reach Hualapai Canyon.
Although we had already walked the 8 miles of the Hualapai wash when we descended to the Havasu Creek, facing the other way made me notice other things. For example the extent to which the occasional flash floods had carved into the sandstone.
You can really picture water gushing down at an enormous speed, which is why hiking down to Havasupai is forbidden during the monsoon season. The morning, rather than afternoon light on the canyon brought out different facets of the fascinating geology of this whole area of Arizona.
Hikers over the years have ‘decorated’ this large sandstone rock which has developed grooves and holes from wind and water erosion.
Like on the way down, our luggage passed us on mule back while we stopped for lunch.
At the top of Hualapai Wash, we had the last 1.5 miles of switchback to climb to get out of the canyon.
We stopped for a break to catch out breath part way up, where I took these two pictures. One of the wash we had hiked so far, the other of the steep climb before us.
Our final destination is the little peak pretty much in the centre of the right hand picture. Once we got there, our guide Peter once again got out the table cloth (we had a table cloth at every meal, no matter what time of day or what location!) and prepared our last lunch of the trip.
After lunch, we got back into the mini van which had been parked at the entrance to the canyon and returned to Flagstaff.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this hike as much as I enjoyed doing it. Havasu Canyon is the most amazing site of natural beauty, being carefully preserved by the people who owned the land for centuries (apart from a period during which European settlers decided that they knew best!). I can’t recommend Peter from Wildland Trekking enough and hope their other staff are as well informed, prepared and funny as he is, as I am likely to use them again when exploring parts of California some day.