The Hike to Beaver Falls

Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
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Trip End Jul 06, 2007


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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

     The trail to Beaver Falls was unexpected. It was quite unlike the trail we had followed into the campground. Instead of dry shrubs and cacti, we were hiking through thick wild grapevines that sometimes extended far above our heads. The Havasupai describe the trail to Beaver Falls as "rustic," which we discovered means overgrown and difficult to follow. The trail split off in several directions, many of which led to cliffs or dead ended into canyon walls.
     Walking through the grapevines, we had little shade, and it was getting to the hottest part of the day. We moved quickly, though, much quicker than with our packs. The vines whipped against our legs as we moved quickly up and down hills, pausing occasionally to take in the beauty of the landscape surrounding us.
     As we traveled along, we noted on the map that we would have to cross the river a few times to follow the trail. At some points, "bridges" were formed out of logs and tree roots. On these, Andrew would cross first, then I would pass him the camera and our daypack and leap across after.
     We thought we had reached Beaver Falls when our trail ended at the shore of the river, but after a snack and a swim, we found on the other side of the river the point where the trail continued, so we forded the river and continued on.
     We followed the trail to Beaver Falls, which is a series of shallow waterfalls that cascade down for several yards, much like the babbling brook in Alice in Wonderland. We stopped to take photos along the way, stepping into the first grass that we had encountered in the canyon, but ultimately decided that it was too hot to continue on, so we pulled over to take a dip.
     The water was cold and refreshing, and we were excited to find our own private little swimming hole. We swam for a short while, then decided to head back to Mooney Falls since we didn't have the water or energy to continue on to the Colorado River.
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