Hike to Beaver Falls

The hike to Beaver Falls is about 3 miles from the foot of Mooney Falls. It's a tough hike because there are several stream crossings and several places where the trail, if it can be called that, disappears. You have the choice of either climbing up the bank and back down, or wading downstream until the trail resumes. We found wading preferrable in most such places. By being careful you can find places shallow enough so the water is never much above your knees. When deciding on this hike, be aware that you have already seen the best falls by the time you get to Mooney since Beaver is really a set of smaller falls. Also, note that getting to the pool below Beaver requires climbing high above the falls on the right side, descending back to the creek, then working your way back upstream to the foot of the falls. As most hikers, we stopped at the top. The only reasons to go below Beaver is to continue on down to the Colorado, or to fish. The Reservation ends at Beaver, so fishing is allowed and is repoted to be good as you get near the Colorado.
SAM 0817  It's not obvious which side of the creek the trail is on as you leave Mooney. Jon scouted downstream far enough to see a sheer cliff meeting deep water on the right, so the left side is the only real choice.  Here we look back to Mooney after making our way downstream a bit on the left side of the creek (right in the photo). We've already had to wade around a couple bluffs. SAM 0816  When you see this you might think, "There's Beaver. Not a bad hike after all." Wrong! This is just the first of several small falls on the way to Beaver, still a couple miles downstream. ReadyToGetWet  Kathy hesitates before wading in. The alternative would have been climbing up the canyon wall a bit, but there was a 4-5 foot boulder to descend getting back to the trail. NotAllWater  At places the trail cuts through  brush on the left of the creek.
SAM 0818  One of the suprises was big horn sheep! We saw several groups of 3-4 of them waiting to cross the trail, or in this above photo sharing it with us. They are very used to people and completly unafraid. SAM 0819  Given the small, straignt horns, they must have been doe. SAM 0820  "I see you too" SAM 0822  "... but I don't care"
Bighorn  Bighorn going for a drink. SAM 0823  Pools below Beaver, taken from the left side of the creek where JR & Ed were. We were told there is no path down on this side. TopOfBeaverEd  Ed and ... TopOfBeaverJR  ... JR at the top of Beaver. This is as far as we went, although you can see some hikers somewhat beyond this point, including one sitting on a rock across a small ravine.
SAM 0824  Jon & Kathy took the trail on the right side, requiring 2 or 3 ladders. Here they are looking back at JR & Ed on the other side. The advantage of the right side is from there one can get back down to the creek and continue on to the Colorado. BeaverFalls  Nice view of Beaver from the cliff on the right side. BeaverTheHardWay  If you take the right side be prepared for some ladder work. There are several. CreekCrossing  One of several creek crossing.
JRAndEdAtBeaver  Jon & Kathy took this photo of Ed & JR on the left bank above Beaver. KathyDidBeaver  Kathy at Beaver. JohnRelaxesAtBeaver  Jon using his cell as a GoPro. KathyPhotoOp  All of this in mine!
PalmTree  Not the landmark palm tree, seen here from the cliff on the right side of Beaver. As you approach Beaver from upstream you are on the right bank and eventually come to this palm. Turning left leads to the left bank final approach to the falls. Turing right leads you to the higher cliff on the right, requiring some larrer work but a better view of the falls. You need to take the right bank if you want to go all the way to the Colorado. SAM 0815  Headed back to Mooney as the sun drops below the cliffs above.