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Cheyava Falls - Grand Canyon | by Al_HikesAZ
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Cheyava Falls - Grand Canyon

I need to thank Gary Ladd for the vision and inspiration for this photo. Gary is one of the masters of Grand Canyon Photography. I had seen his photo from this vantage point and I decided I would like to try to recreate it in my own humble fashion.


Cheyava Falls is the tallest waterfall in Arizona - beating out Angel Falls, Seven Cataracts and Carr Falls. On the World Waterfall Database Cheyava also rates as the highest in Magnitude and Aesthetics in AZ.


Cheyava cascades from the North Rim on the southern end of the Walhalla Plateau north of Honan Point. Often the Falls are merely a wet streak on the Canyon Wall. But in the Spring after a wet winter as the snow on the North Rim melts, Cheyava Falls become truly impressive - cascading 800 feet down the Redwall Limestone. The longest drop is about 400 feet, then it cascades another 400 feet through a brushy slope and into Clear Creek. Thick foliage keeps you from reaching the base of the falls. Seeing Cheyava Falls flowing strong is high on the list for avid Grand Canyon Hikers.


Ellsworth Kolb named the Falls. "After the USGS river trip in the summer of 1923, Colonel Claude H. Birdseye suggested that Ellsworth give it a name, preferably of Indian origin. Ellsworth supposed the water flowed only intermittently, and he suggested Cheyava, a Hopi word meaning intermittent river, " [25]


Here is my Hike Description and TripLog from


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Taken on April 24, 2010