Other than being prepared to hike under desert-like conditions, anyone in reasonable shape can survive the Havasu Canyon hike. No hiker has ever come to Havasupai falls for the challenge of the hike, as people come here for the waterfalls- and they are very, very accessible.
Being “prepared” to hike the Havasu Canyon means carrying enough water, wearing some good hiking shoes, and being prepared to face the heat. The trails themselves are fairly easy to walk on and the distances between the trailhead and the village, the village and the campground, and the lodging areas to the waterfalls are only a few miles.
The majority of the hike from the trailhead to Supai is in the shade, excepting the last two miles which are directly under sunlight. The last mile also involves hiking through sand, a feat that may require heavy woolen socks (anti-blister) and walking sticks.
Mule trains are space-consuming and fast. For your own safety, do not wear headphones, as you will need to hear the mule trains to get out of their way. While few human-mule-train collisions have occurred, it is wise that you keep to the uphill side of the trail and move when a mule train closes in.
Water for sale in Havasu falls
While sometimes locals sell water and snacks at the trailhead, it is not a reliable occurrence. Therefore, you must pack enough water for the hike ahead of time. Hikers usually carry about 6 liters of water for the 8-10 mile hike and survive just fine.
Havasupai Hiking Trail Distances
Hualapai Hilltop to Supai: 8 miles (13 km)
Supai to Campground: 2 miles (3km)
Hualapai Hilltop to Campground: 10 miles (16km)
Campground to Mooney Falls: 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Mooney Falls to Colorado River: 8 miles (13km)
These are the ONLY trails visitors to Havasupai Reservation are allowed to hike. Also, if you hike at night, do so at your own risk. t to the place where you picked it up.