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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hiking Havasu Canyon Day 3 Part 5 Following the Creek

 01 Havasu Creek below Mooney Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x768)

After the harrowing experience of climbing down to the base of Mooney Falls we decided to explore further downstream.

 02 Trail downstream from Mooney Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x746)

The trail followed along Havasu Creek for a bit going down canyon…

 03 Waterfall along Havasu Creek Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x755)

…then slowly climbed uphill for a different perspective of the creek.

04 Ladders up to cave Havasu Canyon Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (768x1024)

Skirting next to the canyon walls we noticed a very long set of ladders to some caves. But we passed on by knowing we still had to climb up the way we’d come down.

05 Havasu Canyon Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ pano (692x1024)

The trail returned to the creek where we waded a while in search of a trail through the brush. Damage from the 2008 flood in evidence all around us.

06 Lady swinging over Havasu Creek Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x766)

Then we came across this awesome swing. I gave it a try but there’s no documentation, just these other hikers enjoying the fun.

 07 Havasu Creek Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ pano (653x1024)

As we continued downstream we encountered one waterfall…

08 Waterfall Havasu Creek Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x768)

…after another.

 09 People going up ladders from base of Mooney Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (752x1024)

Until there really was no more trail so we returned for the treacherous climb back out of the canyon.

 10 Jake photographing Mooney Falls from cave hole on trail back up Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (768x1024)

With stops for just a few more photos…

 11 Mooney Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ pano (531x1024)

…of Mooney Falls.

 12 Window in travertine along trail from base of Mooney Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (768x1024)

And finally we could see light at the end of the tunnel.

13 Mooney Falls from top Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ pano (1024x508) 

Then we bid farewell to Mooney Falls from the very top at the point of drop.

The next day we hiked out of Havasu Canyon in a bit of a hurry as storm clouds built quickly. Look for that sight tomorrow for Sky Watch Friday.

18 comments:

Jazz said...

That whole ladder thing? No freaking way. Evah!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I just spotted Carson in the sidebar. He looks older than me. But I know he is a good dog. All dogs are.

I like the photos you took. I would not go down there the same way if I was in good shape. It scares me to think I might fall off a cliff. I think somebody must have tossed me off of one or pushed me off in another life.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Wow! That looks like an awesome hike! I would love to do it someday!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I would have loved to have been with you on this one Gaelyn but I swear you would NEVER have got me to leave. Love the "light at the end of the tunnel". :)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Those waterfalls - sigh! However, the ladder and TUNNEL? No way, Jose! You are one brave lady, my friend!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Amazing photos. This is probably the closest I will ever get to see the area, so I really appreciate seeing all of your pics. Daine

Martha Z said...

Another beautiful post of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Harrisburg Medical Malpractice said...

Looks like a great adventure. Thanks for the great photos.

Quiet Paths said...

Those waterfalls are just epic. Totally worth a little danger...

Elaine said...

I'm so glad to be able to see Havasu Canyon through your photos. I know this is as close as I will ever get! It is an absolutely gorgeous place. Thanks for taking us along.

blog with no name said...

Oh my! I can't wait to see it with you... and yes, we have to climb the ladders to the caves... maybe.

Firefly said...

A truly beautiful river gorge. What a pleasure it must have been exploring that. As for the ladder to the caves... I don't know if my fear of heights would allow me that one.

Bibi said...

The last three photos are exceptionally beautiful. No way I would go on those ladders coming or going, unless it was to save my soul....which I guess it would be, if I were down there.

Small City Scenes said...

So glad you did this so we all could see the gorgeous area and pics. BUT---I couldn't have done it any other way.

Yes it is the rainy PNW and see how green we are. LOL MB

Kathiesbirds said...

What else can be said but, "WOW!"

jeannette said...

So beautiful, but I can see, also treacherous...thanks for sharing!

A human kind of human said...

I would have loved the swing!... not so sure about the ladders though.

Janie said...

Beautiful photos of your hike. I like all the little waterfalls on the way down.

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