Hiked down Fossil Creek to Verde confluence, then up the Verde to Childs Campground. More than 30 creek crossings down Fossil. Saw turtles, toads, ducks, geckos, bats, bald eagles, bear tracks and mountain lion tracks. no other people until campground.
Much thanks to Don (Don the canoer and his friend Alvin for the ride back to our truck - 3.5 miles up road).
I have a few pictures and the gps route if anyone is interested.