Upstream of Beaver Canyon, after you’ve passed Mooney Falls, lies Beaver Falls, one of the smaller waterfalls along the Havasu Canyon. The term “waterfall” in this case is used freely, referring to the times before major flash floods and weathering when the Beaver Falls was truly a waterfall.
Although still breathtaking, Beaver Falls is more of a cascading series of shallow platforms filled with green-blue water these days.
Dwarfed by its watery brothers, Beaver Falls could easily be classified as the underdog, however many visitors proclaim it as their favorite spot on the south rim.
Four miles away from the base of Mooney Falls lie the cascading mini-falls called Beaver Falls. After the most destructive flood the Havasu Creek has ever experienced (1910), Beaver Falls lost much of its magnificence and was reduced to a series of semi-waterfalls. Today, although still impressive due to the phenomenal hue of its waters, Beaver Falls is most known for its challenging access.
If accessing Mooney Falls is a height-phobic’s nightmare, the hike to Beaver Falls could be a life-time’s physical accomplishment. Taking into consideration that you’ll have to descend to the base of Mooney Falls before ever beginning the hike to Beaver Falls makes the trail all the more challenging.
After Mooney Falls, the terrain gets very primitive and the trail is anything but distinctive; hard, root-like protrusions cover the ground and it is necessary to cross the creek at three points along the way. Some steeper sections may require you to repel down with a rope. However, once you get to the leveled pool-platforms of Beaver Falls, the difficulty of the trail will reward you with almost-certain solitude.
After accomplishing the hike to Beaver Falls, some people even take it upon themselves to hike beyond, all the way to the Colorado River.