Crossing the Hualapai Reservation heading to Havasupai Reservation
Imagine being the only hikers/backpackers/campers in Havasu Canyon. It was awesome. A winter storm had hit on Thursday night and had closed I-40 east and west of Flagstaff and closed I-17 south of Flagstaff. There were 1-3 inches of accumulation at lower elevations and 6-8 inches of accumulation on part of Indian Road 18 across the Hualapai Nation (Hualapai Hilltop road). The forecast called for cold temperatures, more snow Friday night with rain at lower elevations. I had some anxiety but was up for the challenge.
IR 18 heads north from Route 66 between Seligman and Peach Springs for sixty miles to Hualapai Hilltop, the trailhead for Supai Village and Havasu Canyon.
We left Phoenix at 0600 figuring that would give some time to clear roads. We went up through Prescott Valley and Ashfork to avoid higher elevations. ADOT had done a great job of clearing the roads. Indian Road 18 on the Hualapai Reservation was a different story. It looked like a couple of Ford F350s had gone in creating a single lane double track through the snow. The weather was gray and menacing as we pressed on. Open range cattle slowed us down a little. Got to Hualapai Hilltop around 1115 and hit the trail by 1130.
Here is my triplog of the adventure hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=58&UID=21152