Pictures from Day 7
(Hiking into Havasu, first visit to falls)

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Looking down the road at the parking lot at Hualapai hilltop, the starting point for most hikes into Havasu canyon. At this point we've driven almost 70 miles from old Route 66, which itself is rather desolate at that point.

We stayed the night before at the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs. A surprisingly large and pleasant motel, although the restaurant was disappointing. We did finally get all of our accumlated laundry washed, at least!

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Finally descending after many miles across the plateau Hualapai canyon comes into view
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The Hualapai Hilltop parking lot is finally reached View into the head of Hualapai canyon at 8AM from where we parked

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Last moment before we start down the canyon. For the first 1 1/2 miles or so, it's fairly steep, but not too bad heading down. It was a different story coming back up 4 days later!
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First view of Havasu Creek, about 1 mile above the village of Supai.

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Just below Supai village, on the way to Navajo Falls. We checked into the Supai lodge (yes, we stayed in the motel that night!), had an indian taco at the cafe (no milkshakes, the machine was in the apparently normal non-operational mode), and then walked on down to Havasu Falls.

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One of a series of cataracts and pools formed by re-deposited limestone from the creek. Somewhere in the vicinity of Supai Falls, which we never convinced ourselves that we actually located.

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Looking down at some of the pools just upstream from Navajo Falls, or at least upstream of the part that apparently splits off, and rejoins at the base of the falls.

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A side seep right next to Navajo Falls.

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Another side seep right next to Navajo Falls.

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Looking down at Havasu Falls from the trail. This picture doesn't show off the blue color of the pool very well.

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Another view looking down at Havasu Falls from the trail.

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A view towards Havasu Falls, as you walk down the side trail to the pool at the base.

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Looking at Havasu Falls from the edge of the pool. The pool varies from a couple of feet deep to at least 20 near the base of the falls.

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The rocks to the right of Havasu falls. There is a small stream emerging from the rock about 5 feet above the level of the pool; it must go down through tunnels in the limestone. We saw a number of small gaps and "pipes" formed where logs (from sticks up to large logs) had been cemented into the limestone, and later rotted away.

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Mooney Falls, from the rocks before you start down through the tunnel. We spent twenty minutes looking for that tunnel (I knew it existed from reading web pages beforehand), without being able to find it.

We finally located it when we walked down to the sign telling people to proceed at their own risk, and then turned around... (We had looked down on the sign from above, and shaken our heads, and said there's no way down that cliff without climbing gear; we were right, we just didn't know that you had to be right at the tunnel before you could find it!). This was the first of 3 times on the trip where we later decided the motto of the trip should be "Turn around, stupid!".

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Mooney Falls from the trail in between the two tunnels down the cliff face.

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Another of Mooney Falls from between the two tunnels.

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Looking into the lower tunnel entrance at Casey.

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Looking at Dave in the upper tunnel entrance. Yes, I have my LED headlamp turned on (it wasn't needed, but since I had it, why not?).

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Looking up the ladders at the base of the cliff. They aren't as rickety as they look, but some of the old steel posts driven into the cliff are loose, a couple have actually fallen out. There are chains from the top of the ladders up to the tunnel entrance. Not too hairy, but definitely a scramble!

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Another view up the cliff face, showing some of the steel posts holding the chains.

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Another view of Mooney falls from the cliff.

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A view of Mooney falls from the bench further downstream, where the trail down to the Colorado River really gets started. We turned around here to head back up to our room for the evening.

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Looking out of the lower tunnel entrance at Mooney Falls with Casey in the foreground

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Dave on the trail at Mooney Falls, in between the two tunnels.

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