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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
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7  2015-04-06
Ellison Creek Cascades
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8  2015-03-09 Minkis
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 211
Routes 821
Photos 10,575
Trips 4,138 map ( 20,801 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Sep → 11 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:17am - 7:28pm
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Mini Jug!
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Likely In-Season!
Overview
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.


Hike
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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2000-06-02 joebartels
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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.

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$8.00, pay in drop boxes.


Directions
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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.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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