After the harrowing experience of climbing down to the base of Mooney Falls we decided to explore further downstream.
The trail followed along Havasu Creek for a bit going down canyon…
…then slowly climbed uphill for a different perspective of the creek.
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.
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.
Then we came across this awesome swing. I gave it a try but there’s no documentation, just these other hikers enjoying the fun.
As we continued downstream we encountered one waterfall…
Until there really was no more trail so we returned for the treacherous climb back out of the canyon.
With stops for just a few more photos…
…of Mooney Falls.
And finally we could see light at the end of the tunnel.
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.