Fossil Springs Trail

Pine, AZ
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Fossil Springs Trail is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.

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We were prepared to hike there today. However it appears ALL of the roads (east and west) are now closed. This was posted in by the Forest Service "Payson, Ariz. (February 28, 2012) – Tonto and Coconino National Forest officials announced today that a portion of Fossil Creek Road (Forest Road 708) will remain closed until next year. (UPDATE: FR 708 from Strawberry will remain closed through 2015)
The road is closed from 1/2 mile west of the Fossil Creek entrance to the Upper Fossil Springs Trailhead extending west and down canyon to immediately east of the Waterfall Trailhead (old Flume Trail Trailhead).

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Loved this hike. It was tough, but with friends, food and lots of h20, you're good. Once you get down to the creek, that's where it hits you, how beautiful it all is.

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13 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing trail.
Long and hot, but with a great waterfall and swimming as a prize in the end.

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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Amazing hike! Bring lots of water! The waterfall and swimming hole is amazing.

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15 Completed 2 Reviews

Incredible payoff at the bottom of the hike. Swimming holes & awesome waterfalls. You could spend all day down at the water. You wont believe you are in AZ. Easy hike down almost all downhill as you descend from the rim down to the riverbed. Tough hike out as its all uphill. We saw tons of ill-equipped people on a busy Labor Day weekend. You can also approach from the Camp Verde side but we came from the Pine, AZ side. There is an easier trail to get down there from that side but the road is closed (maybe permanantly?) to the easier trailhead so people mistakenly take the harder/longer trail and have no idea what they are in for. This is a long hike and you will need plenty of water. Be sure to check the trailhead map and make sure you are doing the correct trail.

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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Fossil springs was a very enjoyable hike. The road to the trailhead is fairly rough. I would recommend a vehicle with a higher clearance, otherwise you will scrape your oil pan a few times. Beautiful views even from the trailhead. You will also catch some great views of coconino national forest as you descend into the canyon. Once in the canyon the trails are not well marked and it is easy to lose your way. I recommend marking which way you go so you can find your way back. The waterfall , river, and springs at the bottom are beautiful and refreshing. Plan so that you can spend some time swimming and still make it up before sunset.

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11 Completed 2 Reviews

Hike was fun. It does get a little steep so it is kind of challenging on the way back up. Once you get there you can cross over the river and go maybe a half mile to a mile
Down stream where there is a waterfall. In the middle of said waterfall is a rock formation that you can climb and jump off of. Pretty fun. Only down side to this hike was the amount if garbage/trash EVERYWHERE!!! Please pick up after yourself :)

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6 Completed 1 Reviews

The best hike in AZ hands down! Bring your snorkel gear and swim the fishes in the crystal clear water. Don't go on the weekend, a lot of dipshits from Phx there.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great hike and is definitely worth it once you get to the actual springs. The hike back up can be pretty exhausting but overall would recommend to anybody. I brought a camelback and a bottle of water and wish I would of had more, or at least more ice. Bring a pair of old shoes or swim shoes for the water as the rocks are slippery and is no fun walking on barefoot. Wouldn't hurt to pack a small lunch either, I just had some trail mix and cliff bars and would of loved to have had some real food. Oh, and don't make the mistake of wearing flat footed shoes like I saw others doing it's pretty rocky and they weren't happy either. A disposable water camera isn't a bad idea either.

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David Oakeson

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a great hike. I currently hike maybe once a month (hoping to increase) and found this hike to be a perfect challenge. I saw many hikers having trouble on the walk out of the canyon as it is somewhat steep. A lot of dogs were having trouble as well, many were being carried, because it was still in the 90s and the ground was pretty hot. I was proud of my dog though as she was slow but she powered through it.

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