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This hike is well documented, and I must say quite accurately all over the web. Getting there is relatively easy, as it is downhill to the Indian village. The first 2 miles are steep switchbacks. Once the switchbacks are behind you, you find yourself in a slot canyon. For the next 6 miles, the crunching of gravel beneath your feet will echo off of the sandstone walls which surround your every move. Water is your biggest ally in this barren wash; bring plenty with you. Once in the village, you must stop and pay for your stay. There is a small supply store in this village and a post office. The one thing that may be understated is the last 2 miles with most of it being sand. These final 2 miles do suck the life out of you after almost 8 miles of hiking.
The hike out can be mind numbing. On my last visit, I actually rode a helicopter out allowing more time to enjoy the rest of the vacation. However, the first time I trekked down to this heavenly spot, I found myself in a hellish predicament. As I stated earlier, water is your biggest ally. I ran out just prior to the final 2 mile ascent. It was 100+ and about 3pm. I suggested to wait until the sun lowered behind the canyon walls, but the 2 people I was with voted to go for it. It was the longest 2 miles of my life. Severe dehydration! "God is that you?"....... We eventually made it; it was dark out.
Last year, 2008, one week after enjoying the paridise of Havasupai, a historic flash flood roared through this fragile environment. I am sure a lot has changed since my last visit. The tribe has almost fully recovered and plans to reopen June 1, 2009.