We hiked in, obtained our permits (wristband), and proceeded to the campground. We found a place next to the creek (Havasu Creek) with trees for hanging our hammocks. We procured some 5-gallon buckets for our food (prevent the squirrels ravaging our food, especially trail mix, they love it!). I usually prefer to go downstream on the first day, that way we are able to play and take photographs of Mooney Falls. By going to Mooney Falls on the first day, it reduces the time that people will spend at Mooney Falls going down the chains & ladders on our way to the Confluence the morning of Day 2.
Our group decided to go upstream toward Havasu Falls, Hidden Falls, Little Navajo Falls, and Fifty-foot Falls.
Havasu Falls – my friend has a thing for going behind Havasu Falls.
THE UPPER POOL of HAVASU FALLS
We went to the Upper Pools of Havasu Falls, but it is now taped off with DO NOT ENTER tape. We respected that. I will inquire about this during my next trip. ***I inquired and was told that people were going on the east side of the creek, and so the whole area is closed. There is a cemetery on the east side of the creek.
THE LAZY RIVER
We walked by the Lazy River. The creek is clear to the bottom.
THINGS HIDDEN (Waterfall, Grotto, Cave)
Ever since a large group went to Hidden Falls in 2016, there is well-beaten trail to Hidden Falls. We went into the Hidden Grotto and the Hidden Cave. NOTE: Yes, this is known as one of the best cliff jumping spots. Remember that there is a $1,000 fine for cliff jumping.
THE TERRACES and TERRACE POOLS
Onto the Terraces and Terrace Pools. So cool. Next time I am playing here.
CAT TAIL FALLS
I could not resist playing at Cat Tail Falls. It is about 8-feet deep, and just the right size for a private swim party. The pool of water at the bottom f the 6-foot waterfall is surrounded by cat tail reeds, therefore the name Cat Tail Falls. Definitely returning to this spot.
LITTLE NAVAJO FALLS
I am not sure why people call this Navajo Falls. Close, but no, it is not Navajo Falls. When the main flow of the creek (Havasu Creek) changed direction/rerouted during the flash flood of 2008, Navajo Falls became a dry fall and Little Navajo Falls emerged. Little Navajo Falls continues to change, as do all the other waterfalls.
Little Navajo is underrated, and that is a good thing. When the main section of the waterfall collapsed sometime around February of 2017, that took away the most popular cliff jumping spot of all Havasupai, and the shelf behind the waterfall. NOTE: Cliff jumping was a $500 fine until 2018. Now cliff jumping is a $1,000 fine. There are usually a few people here. I went straight to the cave in the waterfall. So cool. Reminds me of the bat cave (Batman).
Saving the best for last, Fifty-foot Falls. I feel like this waterfall is sort of out of place. Why do I write that it is out of place? 1) It is so wide, particularly for a creek with only 60 cubic feet per second at this point. 2) It reminds me of Never Neverland of Peter Pan fame. That is what I refer to the left (East) section of the waterfall. 3) Reeds, reeds, and more weeds every month. Oh, there are squirrels here, so if you leave your pack, hopefully you do not have trail mix or food or trash that is appealing to the squirrels. They will find it. 4) The Blue Room. The Blue Room of Fifty-foot Falls is by far the largest underwater cave of which I know at Havasupai. There are more than a dozen underwater caves, or behind-the-waterfall caves. I advise staying away from the underwater caves. Just like I strongly encourage people to stay out of the Toilet Bowl of Fossil Creek.
That was a pretty good first day – hiking in, obtaining permits (wristbands and tent tag), setting up camp, and playing at four waterfalls.
We have been talking about the confluence for over one year. Finally the day arrived.