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How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

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How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

We are coming to the GC in Sept and plan on hiking from South Ri to North. We were then planning on taking the shuttle back around to the South Rim. Is there a way to take a shuttle from the north rim (or from the south rim) to the trailhead for Havasu Falls? Then once we have hiked down and back, take a shuttle the next day back to our car which will be at the SOuth Rim? We will be there 4.5 days. Thanks!!

Deb

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1. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

There is no shuttle to the Hilltop Trailhead. It's about 160 miles or a 3-4 hour drive from the GCNP south rim.

People fail to realize how remote Havasu is. It's not in the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon is 240 miles long.

Your rim to rim will take you across the canyon and you'll see a good slice. But even when you cross the river you'll be a hundred miles upstream from where Havasu Creek flows into the Colorado. Just because they are all part of the Grand Canyon doesn't mean they are anywhere near each other.

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2. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

And, your access permit will need to be issued by the Havasupi Tribe...carracar

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3. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

Wondering also... Do you have a GCNP Inner Canyon camping permit in hand, for the rim to rim ?? carracar

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4. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

A normal trip to Havasu takes 3 days. It's definitely not a one day hike. See the Supai fourm.

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5. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

If your car is at the south rim then take the hikers shuttle from the north rim back to the siuth rim and just drive yourself to the hualpai trailhead. I haven't driven it but heard it is about a three hour drive.

You'll want to stay at least overnight near the falls either at the lodge or the campground. And you'll need reservations for that.

Edited: 23 February 2013, 17:02
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6. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

And here are links to both things you'll need.

Hikers shuttle: http://www.trans-canyonshuttle.com/

Havasupai reservations: http://www.havasupai-nsn.gov/

Edited: 23 February 2013, 17:14
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7. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

And btw, welcome to the Trip advisor forums... it can be abit wild and wooly sometimes, but great information if you keep looking.

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8. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

Deb, for your plan, you will need a backcountry permit to camp at the bottom of the canyon, unless you already have reservations at Phantom Ranch. Permits for September go on offer May 1 by lottery. You will also need a reservation at the North Rim, either campground or lodge, for the night you hike up from the canyon,mince the shuttle leaves at 7 am. It arrives at the South Rimmaround noon and you could, in theory, drive to Hualupai Hilltop, spend the night, and hike down to Havasu Falls the next day. but it is not a day hike, unless you are up for a 20 mile round trip over rough terrain,mwhichnwould leave you little time to spend at Havasu Falls,mand no time to visit Mooney,,whichnInthink is even prettier than Havasu. so you need to overnight down there,mwhichnrequires a permit and reservation frommthe Havasupai. And if you go, you will wish you had two nights there so you aren't so rushed.

We are pointing these things out because it sounds from your question about shuttles that you haven't fully considered all the logistical aspects to a rim to rim and Havasu Falls hike. It can be done, and both are well worth it. But you need more than 4 or 5 days to do justice to both.

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9. Re: How to get from North Rim to Havasu Falls

Let me join kbecjeans in welcoming you to the Grand Canyon forum.

And caccacar, of course they do not have a backcountry permit in hand, as permits for September are not available yet.

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