Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Adventure - Havasupai Trail

Some friends of Total MissFIT went hiking and camping last month along the Havasupai Trail in Arizona. A couple of these friends recently bought some gear from our shop and nicely provided photos of both the trek and their gear in use. Thank you Total MissFITs! You’ll notice a photo of their voyage is now on the home page of the Total MissFIT website. The blue backpack in the photo is the Kelty Coyote which got rave reviews.

The trek starts off at the Hualapai Hilltop and requires an 8 mile hike to Supai. The terrain is rugged and rocky, starting off steep (downhill) with 1.5 miles of switchbacks. The next 6.5 miles to the village of Supai is a gradual descent. You can either carry your own pack or have it taken by mule to Supai.

The village of Supai has a cafĂ©, grocery store, lodge, and a small museum. It’s a great place to stop for lunch and a break. It’s also the only town that carries out mail by mule so you can send yourself a postcard via mule!

From Supai it’s another 2 mile hike to the campground. One thing that our MissFIT friends were happy to note was that the toilet facilities at the campground are much improved! What was once a not-so-pleasant experience at all has now become much much better for female campers. The composting toilets are solar-powered and have wood chips and fans. A vast improvement over the old porta potties that were in very bad shape!

A couple of the tents on the trip were purchased from Total MissFIT. The Kelty Crestone 2 and the Sierra Designs LT Strike 2. Both got great reviews - they're both extremely light and the SD LT Strike 2 was a hit since it has two entrances!

A permit is required to camp in Havasu Canyon. Information on obtaining a permit can be found here: Reservations

From the campground it’s only a 0.5 mile hike to Mooney Falls and another 3 miles from Mooney Falls to Beaver Falls. You’ll first view Mooney Falls from the top, and then you’ll descend down into it using a few chains and ladder on the way. The photos of the scenery will speak for themselves…

The descent to Mooney Falls…

MissFITs at rest….

Thank you for the photos, Emily.

1 comment:

  1. Good gear makes for a great trip! Awesome write up and yes I am a big fan of the new composting toilets :)