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SYB Backpacking Trip - Havasupai Falls - 3 day

1. Pay your deposit  2. Pay the $260 remainder for your $310 Camping Package   NOTE * Do not reserve camping package unless your deposit has already been paid. 

1. Pay your deposit

2. Pay the $260 remainder for your $310 Camping Package

NOTE * Do not reserve camping package unless your deposit has already been paid. 


Havasupai means people of the blue­green waters. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation attract thousands of visitors each year. The Havasupai campground is arguably one of the hardest places to secure a campsite reservation on the planet.

The Havasupai are intimately connected to the water and the land. When you enter their land, be respectful, you are entering their home.

The landscape is beyond breathtaking. We can guarantee, if you have never been here, you will come away from this trip with some of the best memories of your life. 

Two Trips:

August 15-17, 2016 (SOLD-OUT)

October 8-10, 2016


Nathan Reed,

John Heger

Trina Campbell


Meaning, if you have never been backpacking or wilderness camping, you may want to think twice about it, or make sure you have a friend (or as SYB member such as Ashley, Nathan, John or Trina) who can assist in your preparation.

In 3 days we will cover about 27 miles of hiking and about 6,000 feet of elevation gain/loss.

Preparation = adequate gear, training and assurance for both your sake, and the sake of your beloved SYB peers, that you are ready for this trip.


LOTS of Hiking:

To hike to Havasupai, start at Hilltop Parking Lot. (Directions). Descend the trail to the village of Supai (8 miles). Check in at the camping office and pay your fees. Continue down canyon another 2 miles to the campground. Total hike is 10 miles. Downhill in and uphill out.

Once in Havasupai, guess what else there is to do...more hiking. We are definitely looking into day trips and adventures to go on, as an alternative to hanging around the falls and relaxing.

A good chance of rain

Monsoon season is July to early September­ this area has a likelihood of flash floods. Unfortunately, this was the only available booking time. We will keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Gear and Food

SYB will provide basic 3 meals per day (Oatmeal, PB&J sandwiches, MRE's). We will share responsibilities for cooking/prepping/cleaning. Very much family style ­ much of which depends on who is coming and what kind of cookware/gear we have.

Supai has a small convenience store and a restaurant, but the campground is 2 miles from Supai. The campground does have drinking water available from a piped spring.

There are no fires allowed at Havasupai, so plan on bringing ready­to­eat food (MREs, energy bars, chips...etc.) or a small backpacking stove to do your cooking. You’ll also need tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and additional camping gear.

Arrival - CAMPING the NIGHT BEFORE @ Hualapai Hilltop Parking Lot

So that we can arrive early for our Havasupai Camping trip, we are Camping at the Hualapai Hilltop Parking lot the night before. If you are NOT in the van with us, please make it there by 7pm Sunday to get a spot near us and have your tent setup by dark.

Day 1 and 2 - Camping at SUPAI

The campground has composting toilets, picnic tables and drinking water (via a piped spring). There are no other amenities, and campfires are not permitted ever. It is large (capacity of 200 people) and varies on how filled up it gets. During the busy season (March through October) you can expect weekdays to be partially filled, weekends to be full, and holiday weekends to be overflowing (as many as 500 people).


Day 3 (optional) - THE GRAND CANYON CAVERN TOURS + Food and Beverages

We spending the third night at a nearby EPIC lodge. As an OPTIONAL part of our package, the lodge is taking us on an eco­-adventure, through nearby caves/caverns, and also hosting us for dinner and breakfast.

The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States, located 200 to 300 feet below the surface, and accessible via our exploration elevator. You enter and leave the caverns by means of this elevator, dropping 21 stories underground, making the caverns easily accessible. Because the caverns are so deep underground, the temperature is always constant, a mild 56 degrees, and there is zero humidity. The caverns offer a number of unique geological formations that can be easily viewed from our smoothly paved walking trails. The walking trails have hand rails and there is a number of benches for resting along the way.


Arrival Day

  • Rendezvous point is in Ocean Beach at 6:30amDepart San Diego at
  • 7am in the SYB Van ­ Drive time 8.16 hours. Arrive 7pm pm at Hualapai Hilltop Parkin Lot ­ Set up camp.

 DAY 1

The hike starts at Hualapai Trailhead, where we depart at 9am. It starts off steep with a bunch of switchbacks. The more enjoyable part of the hike comes later, with gorgeous red sandstone canyon has a calming and awe­inspiring effect. The hike meanders across Cataract Canyon and Havasu Creek. After a total of 8 miles hiking, we arrive at Supai. We stop here to check in. We then hike another 2 miles, and pass other waterfalls like Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls and Havasu Falls.

  • Early wake­up 6am. Breakfast.Depart Trailhead 7am ­ Hike into Supai
  • NOTE* Those who elect NOT to stay at Grand Canyon Caverns with SYB, will be responsible for meeting us at he trailhead at 9am, OR can meet us at the campground anytime on Day 1.
  • Hiking Mileage to Supai ­ 8 miles ­ Check in here
  • Supai to Campground ­ 2 miles
  • Elevation Loss­ 2,400 ft
  • OPTION for mule to carry your pack $70 (deadline to book is June 15th)


You have a choice of spending this day on a long hike exploring waterfalls, or lounging by the campground and lagoons. We first hike to Mooney Falls, only .5 miles from camp. Mooney is HUGE, is over 200 feet tall. We hike from there to Beaver Falls, which is another 2.5 miles downstream. Lunch at Beaver Falls, and hike back to camp. Terrain is wrapped in dramatic cliffs and sprinkled with aqua blue stream and waterfalls. Day pack and hiking shoes are recommended, in addition to swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and bug spray.

  • Breakfast ­ Oatmeal, Coffee, fruit snacks
  • Day Hike / Explore / Photography / Swim in lagoon
  • Guided hikes to ­ Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls
  • Lunch ­ PB&J, Tuna packets
  • Lounge around campground
  • Dinner / Wrap up Session
  • Hiking Mileage ­ 4­6 miles Elevation gain/loss ­ 500 ft


  • The hike back up to Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop is going to be the hardest hike of the trip ­ But well worth it.
  • Morning StretchBreakfast ­ Oatmeal, Coffee8am ­ Hike out to the rim. 10 miles
  • Hiking Mileage ­ 10 miles Elevation Gain ­ 2,400 ft
  • Arrive PM at Grand Canyon Cavern ­- Check in
  • If we arrive early enough, we can do an Adventure Tour ­ Grand Canyon Caverns Shared room ­ two queen bedsDinner and beers @ hotelBreakfast
  • OPTION Caverns Hotel + Food/Drinks Package = $150 extra per person. Deadline to book is June 15



  • Nylon pants and shorts
  • Swim suit
  • Multiple pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Water shoes or sandles
  • Supportive hiking shoes or boots
  • Cotton t­shirts (to hike in when hot)
  • Long­sleeved fleece or wool layers
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Wide­brimmed sun hat
  • Warm hat or Beanie ­recommended in early spring, late fall and winter
  • Light­weight gloves­ recommended in in early spring, late fall and winter
  • Long underwear ­recommended in early Spring, late fall and winter

Camping Gear

  • Backpack (at least a 50­65L; Recommendations include the Gregory Deva/Baltoro or Osprey Aether which come with built in daypacks)
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpacking tent (Recommendations include REI quarterdome/halfdome tents)
  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Lightweight sleeping pad
  • Camping pillow
  • Stuff sac for clothing
  • Waterbottles/CamelbakHeadlamp and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Toilet paper or biodegradable wipes (just in case) 

Food, Snacks, Drinks

  • Energy bars
  • Electrolyte mix
  • Snacks (nuts, trail mix, dried fruit...etc.)

If you choose to cook your own meals

  • Breakfast food: instant oatmeal, granola, bagelsLunch food: bread, peanut butter, honey, chips, fruit, tuna packets
  • Dinner food: dehydrated backpacking meals, tortillas, spices Water treatment (iodine, chlorine or water filter)
  • Backpacking stove (Recommendation: MSR or Jetboil) 
  • Stove fuel
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cooking pots and pans
  • Plates, bowls, utensils, mugs, cups 

Optional Items

  • Hammock
  • Camera and batteries
  • Mosquito head net
  • Hiking gaiters
  • Star chart


  • Transportation to/from Havasupai from San Diego
  • Campground
  • 3 camping meals per day
  • Epic photo documentation
  • Morning Yoga/Stretching on Day 2 and 3
  • Day hike + picnic to Mooney and Beaver Falls




  • Overnight camping gear and ALL other gear you need. Reach out to your leaders for gear questions. 
  • Dinner ­@ Hilltop Parking Lot (7pm the night before hike)
  • Snacks you choose to bring




Earlier Event: August 12
Later Event: August 15