Going to Mooney Falls

Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, July 4, 2007

     We had traveled to this place in the Grand Canyon, this place nearly 600 miles from home, because of a picture in a magazine. That picture, the whole reason we were here, was of Mooney Falls. On the second day of our trip, we set out to see that waterfall in person, but we had no idea what we were headed for.
     We followed the trail to the end of the campground, where we found much cleaner bathrooms and a few interesting campsites, one of which was situated on its own little island in the stream. Not long after reaching the end of the campground, we reached a cliff, and it was down that cliff, we realized, we would have to go to reach Mooney Falls.
     As we began descending, the trail wasn't too difficult. There was one point that was fairly narrow and exposed that made Andrew wary. After that point, though, the trail opened and we came across a rock cave, formed by the water that must have ran in a small waterfall over it  many years ago. We reached signs alerting us that we were proceeding at our own risk, and then we reached a series of tunnels. The tunnels, chiseled into the side of the cliff, were short and easily manageable, but we emerged from the final tunnel shocked at the path in front of us.
     As we stepped out Andrew, afraid of heights, turned away, stating simply that there was no way he could continue down. The crudely chiseled out steps were steep. The only guide was a loose chain staked in on either side. At some points, the stakes or the chains hung limply along the rock wall. I took the pack and told him that he could do whatever he needed to do - take more time, go back up, or slowly work his way down.
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