This past weekend, I hiked the Fossil Creek Waterfall Trail… a gem in the high desert. If you live in the valley, this is definitely something to add to your bucket list.
Below are a few photos and directions. It was cloudy outside but you can still see the beauty of this place in the photos… Enjoy!
The waterfall is about 15-17 feet high. It was a cold and cloudy day so I didn’t cliff jump but I’d estimate you can do so from a good 30 or so feet. I will have to visit in the summer to beat the Arizona heat!
Directions from Phoenix to Fossil Creek Waterfall Trailhead:
- Take the 17 North
- Exit 287 and turn right onto the 260 East
- Follow the 260 for 10 miles
- Turn right on Fossil Creek Road
- Take the Dirt Road for 15 – 16 miles
- You will know you are close once you cross the Fossil Creek Bridge
- The first parking area is marked by the Tonto Bench Sign. You can park here and walk up the road for about .5 mile to find the Fossil Creek Waterfall Trail or you can keep driving to the Fossil Creek Waterfall Trailhead with parking area.
If you don’t have 4×4 wheel drive, you can still drive on the dirt road but it will take you about an hour. The road is very remote and not for the faint of heart.
After the hike we had lunch at a little Mexican restaurant called El Patio. This a a great spot to eat after the hike!