Come Prepared and be Alert
Hualapai Hilltop is the starting point for anyone that wishes to get to Supai and the waterfalls by foot or by horseback. It is a large parking lot on the top of the west side of the Grand Canyon. From the hilltop you can get a great view of the trail down the canyon which leads you on the 6 mile path to Supai.
The initial mile or so is steep, narrow, and filled with switchbacks but is relatively easy and safe. The hike back up to the top however is another story. I cannot stress enough the importance of carrying a lot of water and taking it slow if you are hiking. On those hot desert days the temperature and physical strain can be a great burden. Be prepared and listen to your body.
Once you are down in the canyon be cautious of flood conditions. If it rains all of the water in the area rushes to one place and that is precisely where the trail is. Signs warn from time to time on the trail to seek high ground if it begins to rain.
Then of course there are always the snakes to consider. I didn't see any on my trip but you know they are there. Always be cautious where you wander that a rattler might be waiting for you.
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Watch out for the Mule Trains!
While on your hike to or from Supai, you must always be on the alert for passing mule trains. Sometimes they come running down the path and will appear suddenly from around a corner. Luckily, they also make quite a bit of noise, so keep your ears open and if you happen to hear something like thunder approaching, step aside and wait for all the mules to pass.
If you happen to be hiking on the switchbacks, up or down the canyon wall, keep to the inside and let the animals pass on the outside of the ledge. You'd rather be crushed against a rock than pushed over the edge!
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Watch Your Step
There are countless ways to get injured while downin the canyons. Play it safe and remember that if you become injured it will take hours for help to reach you. Always carry a first aid kit and plenty of drinkable water.