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Water Wheel Falls Hike, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Payson N
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,950 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.5
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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4  2016-10-09 The_Eagle
13  2016-09-30 cabel
4  2016-05-29 afrankie
6  2016-01-06 The_N
13  2015-08-09 cw50must
37  2015-05-03
Payson Chasin' and Birds
7  2015-04-06
Ellison Creek Cascades
8  2015-03-09 Minkis
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Sep → 11 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:30am - 5:43pm
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Official Route
1 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Ellison Creek Cascades
Ellison Creek Cascades
0.4 mi away
1.8 mi
323 ft
Little Diamond Rim
Little Diamond Rim
1.4 mi away
5.4 mi
1,340 ft
Flowing Springs
3.7 mi away
2.0 mi
-30 ft
Bonita Creek Trail
Bonita Creek Trail
3.8 mi away
4.2 mi
778 ft
Shoofly Village Ruins
Shoofly Village Ruins
4.2 mi away
0.3 mi
1 ft
Pump Station Trail #296
4.8 mi away
0.8 mi
240 ft
Poison Spring Trail #29
5.6 mi away
0.4 mi
148 ft
Houston Loop Trail - PATS
5.6 mi away
3.8 mi
378 ft
Colonel Devin Trail #290
Colonel Devin Trail #290
5.7 mi away
2.0 mi
1,166 ft
East Webber via Geronimo
East Webber via Geronimo
5.8 mi away
10.5 mi
2,088 ft
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Fauna Nearby
Mini Jug!
by joebartels

Arbitrary adventure along the creek until you've had enough.

Help Out!
The Forest Service does not have an effective plan in motion to keep out idiots. Beware of broken glass. Take a trash bag and invest ten minutes of your life picking litter up to help out.

Okay you might be asking why list such a short hike. Reason is it's pretty cool with the option to continue up to the Ellison Creek Cascades. If you're in the area it's worth the trip. There is no official trail. It's more a trail of use that skirts away from Water Wheel Camp Grounds. Yes the hike is short. So spend some great time wading the mini gorge. The area is trashed so take a big trash bag to clean the area. Seriously though, be careful as there is broken glass lying around the rocks. If you've been to the Salome Jug you will be amazed at the similarity, only this is much much smaller.

Since you're in the area head on up to my favorite Ellison Creek Cascades. You could even continue up stream another quarter mile from here to the confluence with Ellison Creek. Then go right, up and over to the Ellison Cascade oasis. You might also go check out the old Water Wheel giving the area it's name.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Special Use

$8.00, pay in drop boxes.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the 260 / 87 intersection in Payson go north on 87 a couple miles to the Houston Mesa turnoff on the right. Follow 7.8 miles to unmarked Water Wheel Camp Grounds. If you start going up hill and pass mile marker 8 you missed the pull out to the right at 7.8 miles.
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