for free!
This is likely a great time to hike this trail!  Check out "Prefered" months below, keep in mind this is an estimate.

Water Wheel Falls Hike, AZ

Guide 51 Triplogs  1 Active Topic
  3.3 of 5 
1 Active
261 51 1
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,950 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.5
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
feature photo
Photos Viewed All MineFollowing
Will recalculate on button tap!
13  2022-07-03 mikemcg
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
Page 1,  2,  3,  4
Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 841
Photos 12,826
Trips 5,229 map ( 26,536 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar Map
Expand Map
Preferred May, Jun, Jul, Sep → 11 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:31am - 7:32pm
Official Route
1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 WATER WHEEL 20095.2 mi*

Mini Jug!
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
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. The 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 upstream 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 its name.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2000-06-02 joebartels
  • guide related image
    guide related
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 of miles to the Houston Mesa turnoff on the right. Follow 7.8 miles to unmarked Water Wheel Camp Grounds. If you start going uphill and pass mile marker 8 you missed the pull out to the right at 7.8 miles.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

end of page marker