My Comprehensive Havasupai Falls Gear List (And Gear For Children)

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One of the most important parts of planning a backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls is making sure you pack the right gear. The importance of planning and packing is amplified if you intend on bringing your children along with you. In this gear guide, I’ll provide a comprehensive gear list for backpackers that will include information on packs, clothing, footwear, shelter, sleeping, electronics, and food. I’ll also include a designated section for those planning to bring a child along.

Hiking from Hualapai Hilltop down to Supai and Havasupai Falls is 11 miles each way. Be mindful that you’ll be descending more than 2500ft on your first day, and then have to hike uphill more than 2500ft on your return to the parking lot at Hualapai Hilltop. There is an option to have your packs carried by horse up and down the canyon while you hike, but you’ll still have to get yourself to and from the falls. There is also an option to take a helicopter into and out of the falls. For this gear guide, I’m going to be assuming you’re hiking with your gear, into the canyon and back out.

My Comprehensive Havasupai Falls Gear List

My Complete Backpacking Gear List By Category:

Below you will find my Havasupai Gear Guide broken down by category. This first table below is a comprehensive table with all categories and total weight included. Below that, there will be tables for each category with items and their respective weights listed individually.

**We visited in late November with day time temps in the high 50s and night time lows in the 30s. The day we arrived, a three day rainstorm had just passed through. Needless to say, we had to pack more layers and storm gear than those hiking in the warmer months.

Category Weight
Backpack 2.7 lbs
Shelter And Sleep 7.6 lbs
Electronics And Photo 2.9 lbs
Packed Clothing And Footwear 3.9 lbs
Food, Water, And Cooking 2.2 lbs
Miscellaneous 1.4 lbs
Subtotal: 20.7 lbs
Child Hiking Kit 6.45 lbs
Total: 27.2 lbs

Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai


I used an Osprey 58 for this Havasupai Falls backpacking trip, and Julia used an Osprey 48. Without a child or 3P tent, a 30-40L pack would be enough for lightweight packers. The Exos 58 has worked very well for me over the last few years. This is also the pack I wore on the John Muir Trail.

Backpack Weight
Osprey Exos 58 39 oz
Osprey Pack Cover 4.8 oz
Totals: 2.74 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Osprey Exos 58 And A 5 Month Old

Shelter And Sleep

Julia and I used to backpack with a 2P Tarptent Double Rainbow for most of our outings, but needed to pick up a 3P tent before this trip. We grabbed the Big Agnes Copperspur HV UL3 from REI and really liked it, although it was a bit heavy and more tent than we needed.  Tarptent is our preferred tentmaker, and we have a 3P from them that we’ll be using in the months ahead.

*Keep in mind that this weight can be distributed amongst a group if you’re not hiking alone. I carried all of this in my pack, so that we could keep Julia’s pack light.

Shelter And Sleep Weight
Big Agnes Copperspur HV UL3 64 oz
Sierra Designs Zissou 23 33 oz
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker 17 oz
Homemade Tyvek Groundsheet 4 oz
Sea To Summit Pillow 4 oz
Totals: 7.63 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Sleeping Along The Water

Electronics And Photo

I used my tried and true Sony a6000 once again on this trip. See my favorite 20 photos here!

Electronics Weight
Sony a6000 Camera Body 12 oz
LowePro Camera Bag 6 oz
Sony 10-18mm Lens 9 oz
iPhone7 w/ Case 6.4 oz
Delorme InReach 7 oz
Camera Batteries X2 4 oz
Lipstick Charger 2.5 oz
 Totals: 2.93 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Photo Op

Packed And Worn Clothing And Footwear

In this first table I’ve listed the clothes that I wore while hiking and exploring Havasupai Falls. This weight is not listed in the table above, as these items were not in my pack. Make sure to wear quility footwear with good grip and traction if you plan on hiking down to Mooney Falls. That climb down is a real doozy!

Worn Clothing Items Weight
Nike Trail To Peak Hat 2.1 oz
Julbo Dust Sunglasses 1.1 oz
Arc’teryx Motus Longsleeve 4 oz
Nike Freedom 7″ Shorts 3.1 oz
Exofficio Brief 2.2 oz
Nike Impossibly Light Jacket 3 oz
Darn Tough 1/4 Sock 2 oz
La Sportiva Akasha 28.2 oz
Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watch 3.2 oz
 Totals: 3.17 lbs

The items listed in the table below are the clothing items that I packed with me. We visited Havasupai in late November where temps were 56 F during the day and 36 F at night. Most visitors get much warmer weather, so the down jacket and long pants wouldn’t be necessary.

Packed Clothing Items Weight
Xero Sandals (For Water) 6 oz
Nike Freedom 7″ Shorts 3.1oz
Marmot Precip Rain Jacket 13 oz
Outdoor Research Voodoo Pant 12 oz
Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded 15 oz
Exofficio Brief 2.2 oz
Darn Tough 1/4 Sock 2 oz
Buff Headband 2 oz
Outdoor Research Gloves 5 oz
Alpaca Wool Beanie From Peru 2 oz
 Totals: 3.9 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
La Sportiva Akasha

Food, Water, And Cooking

There is no potable water at Hualapai Hill, so make sure to pack plenty in your car for the hike down. From Hualapai, your next water sources will be 10 miles later at Supai Village, and more at the Havasupai Campground. I never needed my filter, but at 2 oz, the Sawyer Mini is worth brining along.

There is a restaurant in Supai Village. To minimize the amount of food you have to pack, I would recommend grabbing a meal or two here. The Supai Village Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only meal we cooked was dinner, which involved boiling water for our Mountain House dehydrated meals.

Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Supai Village Grill
Bear Canister, Water, And Cooking Weight
Jetboil Flash Cooking System 15 oz
Sawyer Mini Filter 2 oz
1L Smartwater Bottles X3 5.4 oz
Mountain House ProPak Meals X2 6 oz
Hiking Snacks & Oatmeal 8 oz
 Totals: 2.2 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Havasupai Dinner Spots


This section covers gear items that don’t fit neatly into any other categories, but are still critical items for each trip I take.

Miscellaneous  Weight
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp 4 oz
Toothbrush, Paste, Soap, Deodorant 2 oz
Tissue And Wetwipes 2 oz
Microfiber Washcloth .5 oz
Suunto Compass 1.1 oz
Firestarter And Lighter 2 oz
Multi-Tool 5 oz
First Aid Kit and Ibuprofen 3 oz
Neutrogena Sunblock 1 oz
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm 1 oz
Sea To Summit Stuff Sacks X2 1 oz
 Totals: 1.41 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Down To Mooney Falls

Infant Backpacking Kit

Julia and I took Owen on a bunch of practice hikes and dry-runs before this backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls. As you can see, we packed a lot of warm clothes due to the cold weather. Most items are self explanatory, but the fleece liner sheets not so much. We used fleece between our bodies and Owen’s to keep our sweat from soaking his clothes while hiking. The layer of fleece did a great job of insulating him and keeping him warm and dry.

*We did not take Owen down to Mooney Falls. Julia stayed with him at the campsite while I hiked down.

Infant Hiking Kit Weight
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-Lite 12 oz
Ergo Baby Carrier (Review) 24 oz
Columbia Fleece Bunting x2 12 oz
Down Bunting 5 oz
Merino Wool Pants X3 5 oz
Merino Wool Onesie X3 6 oz
Merino Wool Socks X2 1 oz
Julbo Looping Sunglasses 1 oz
Fleece Carrier Sheets 2 oz
Columbia Beanie and Glove Kit 1 oz
Nike Hat 1 oz
Diapers And Doggie Bags 16 oz
Wipes 16 oz
DIY Tyvek Changing Mat .5 oz
Total: 6.45 lbs
Gear Guide List For Backpacking Hiking Havasupai Falls Havasu Mooney Supai
Havasupai Falls With Children

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22 thoughts on “My Comprehensive Havasupai Falls Gear List (And Gear For Children)”

      • I know right… They grow out of the cutest stuff so fast! I’ve kept some of my daughters cutest stuff from her early days and sometimes I just look at them and can’t believe how fast the time has gone!

        • haha! We’re already doing the same. It’s amazing how fast they grow up. We’re trying to pack stuff up, but it’s so hard to let go. I’m a minimalist at heart, but not when it comes to Owen’s stuff 🙂

  1. My husband and I are thinking of starting a family soon. Please keep it up with the baby backpacking guides! We really don’t want to stop getting outside just because we have kids, its so inspiring to see you getting out with your baby.

    • Thanks, Betsy! I’ll definitely be posting more baby backpacking guides soon. We have trips planned for Catalina, Channel Islands, and a few spots in the Sierra for this year. It’s a learning experience for us, and we try to learn more on each outing. I had a fear that I wouldn’t get outdoors much after having a child, but the only restrictions parents face are the ones they put on themselves. I’ve been so encouraged by the other families we’ve encountered in these first seven months. The common theme amongst adventurous parents with older kids is that they get them started young. The kids love the outdoors because they don’t know anything else. It’s funny to hear other parents say things like “I wish my kids would do that”, and yet they let their kids spend their childhoods staring into electric screens 🙂 Happy trails to you and your husband, and congrats on the decision to start a family soon!

  2. Good info here, thank you for the gear list and for all the details on pack sizes, & etc. I was stressing out cuz i plan on carrying a 36 L bag.. all i see are peeps taking 60L bags. I cant see myself taking that much stuff.
    Thanks again, looking fwd to my havasupai trip in may.
    O and keep the shoe reviews coming. Still a nike wildhorse fan.

  3. Thank you Drew for the excellent trip report and beautiful shots as always. A huge thanks for sharing your trip reports – they’re very helpful for choosing and planning our own trips in and near California. The Tarptent Double Rainbow and Big Agnes CS UL3 are sweet shelters – which 3P Tarptent did you choose? They have several 3P designs with different trade offs of wind stability, weight, interior space, etc. Curious which you went with and why.

    • Thanks, EJ! I’m glad you find them useful. The 3P Tarptent is a new one that Henry has been working on. It has yet to be released, but should be available in a few months. It’s based on the same design as the new Saddle 2. Now that we’re backpacking with a little one, we spend a little more time in the tent and more around a lot more. Because of this, a double wall is mandatory. We had a few outings with a single wall, and the condensation made things unpleasant.


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