Havasu / Supai Hike - Member Hike

Hike Name: Havasu / Supai Hike
Country: United States
State: Arizona
Nearby Town: Peach Springs and Seligman
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: Supai is reached by driving the path of old Route 66 between Kingman and Seligman Arizona. Highway 18 is well marked for Supai and it takes you 60 miles northeast on a well-paved road to the Hualipai Hilltop. From there, there are three ways into and out of the village: helicopter, hiking or horse. The village is 8 miles down from the hilltop. Prior arrangements are needed for transportation, for camping or for staying at the Supai Lodge (928-448-2111).
Total Hike Distance: 20.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Hualapai Hilltop
Trails Used: Supai Indian trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Springs
Management: Other
Contact Information: Unknown
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Horses
Road Conditions: Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Supai trail is 2 miles of steep switchbacks and than gradual decline for more miles. It is 8 miles to the village. And another 3 miles to the camp ground. You can pay $150.00 for an Indian pony to take 130 lbs of gear to the camp ground. You call ahead and make arranges for a hiking permit and a pony. You don’t actually pay until stop at the visitor’s center in the village. The camp ground is primitive with stinky port a pots that are changed out via helicopter. That its self is pretty interesting to watch. They strap the full port o pots and fly off with them and than come back with fresh potties.

Most strenuous part is the 2 miles switch backs up the canyon. It’s the last leg of the trip and if not careful you could be hiking during the heat. There is no water or shade and could be very dangerous. Coming down is not as bad as that likely you would be coming down in early AM. Sometimes the trail seems difficult to find. I believe it’s because a horse trail run along the side. At some points you wonder which way to go. A few times I just followed the horse/mule poop. Once you have done it I think you will remember the way. I suggest hiking in early morning or late afternoon / or early evening.

Just before you come to the campground you will come to an awesome water fall that makes you stop in awe of nature and God. It is breathtakingly beautiful.

I have family members that could not make the hike but I want them to see it. I am going to check into having them helicopter into the village. They routinely bring visitors in by helicopter. They would have to either stay in the lodge or walk 2 miles to the campground. I recommend the campground. No pictures from this trip because we lost them I'll have to borrow one off the internet



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