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From journal Havasu Canyon
Flagstaff & SoCal, Arizona
July 25, 2003
This gold mine can be reached by hiking up the side canyon to the left of Havasu Falls. In order to do this, you can either tiptoe across the travertine dams crossing Havasu Creek or simply swim/wade across the large pool at the base of falls.
Once you have entered this side canyon, the mine is less than 100 yards away on the right. It can be entered by scrambling up the tailings pile (directly in front). The mine splits and forks a couple times, but it isn't confusing as long as you stay on the main level and don't descend into its lower reaches. An interesting feature of the mine is that in some sections the ceiling and both walls are solid quartz. Have Fun!
From journal the ONLY way to see the Grand Canyon
July 21, 2003
One of my favorites is Navajo Falls. Navajo is a complex series of steep falls and cascades. Just to the left of the main waterfall it is possible to climb straight up a rock wall covered in thorny berry bushes. While the climb can be a bit tough--depending on the amount of growth present, a secret waterfall lies on top. This fall is crescent-shaped, with caves behind the water.
Another favorite waterfall lies along the main trail between Navajo Falls and the village of Supai. While not particularly massive, this fall is high enough to dive off of and is surrounded by extremely dense vegetation. This fall is empty and it allows for some peace and quiet when the canyon gets too busy.
The most important thing is to just relax and enjoy your time in the canyon.
There is no reason to rush around (you can always return later).
One great thing about the canyon and Havasu Creek is that it is constantly changing. Flooding occasionally wipes out the oft-pictured travertine dams--but are later built back up by the heavily mineral-laden water.
January 28, 2003
Once at the village, you have another 2.5 miles to get to the falls. It's well worth the effort. Havasupai Falls spills out of a red faced cliff into an emerald pool of water rivaled only by the Caribbean. It's a playground for those who are enamoured with the raw beauty of nature.
Mooney Falls, which is a short jaunt further is not for the faint of heart. You can see the falls from the cliff top, but if you want to take a dip, you have to scale down a cliff wall, through a few pueblo-style openings, hang on to a chain ladder, and pray.
You can camp in the facilities or there is a small lodge in the village. Advance reservations are needed!
This is NOT TO BE MISSED if you've got the stamina.
From journal The Arizona Waterfalls
by Ben the Grate
March 25, 2002
One of four major falls in the canyon, Havasu is deservedly the most famous. She is 96 feet high with a large emerald pool at her base. Though the signs forbid it, you'll see many local children and brave hikers climbing up through caves behind the falls and diving into the tumultuous water. For the less adventurous, there is a large boulder to the left of the falls that provides an exhilerating 15 foot drop a bit farther away from the thundering spray.
There is normally a large calcite-crusted tree floating in the pool that makes a great float toy. Plenty of trees shade the pool's beach, and there are even a few unsightly picnic tables.
The water in the pool below Havasu Falls is normally 68 degrees year round, which is COLD even during the hottest days.
There may be more beautiful waterfalls on earth, but I haven't found one. And the shock value of turning yet another weary dusty corner on a 12 mile trail, and then being slapped across the face by the bold greens and blues of Havasu Falls is a moment you will NEVER EVER forget.
It always moves me to tears.
From journal Havasupai: the OTHER Grand Canyon