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Fish Creek Hill, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,983 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
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2  2018-08-24
Fish Creek Vista
7  2017-12-02 AZLumberjack
10  2017-04-28 AZLumberjack
3  2017-01-14
Fish Creek Vista
13  2017-01-01 AZLumberjack
2  2016-12-22
Apache Trail / State Route 88
5  2016-09-15 Digital_Sherpa
30  2014-03-28
Apache Trail Circle Route
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
Routes 824
Photos 10,825
Trips 4,257 map ( 21,432 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 3 PM
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Sun  6:10am - 6:29pm
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by joebartels

This simple hike offers the most bang for your buck. From Fish Creek Hill Vista it's off-trail but only 0.4 miles out to the best points. The twin peaks offer nice views as does the boardwalk ridge seen below. Beware of seriously dangerous exposure near the edge.

Hike is NOT recommended for dogs or children. Your hike will vary in length depending on options and how far you go - 0.8 to 3.0 for most. Due to short length and little elevation change this hike may be enjoyed year 'round!!! Summer sunsets will blow your mind, remember to bring plenty of fresh-battery flash-lights.

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2003-10-26 joebartels
    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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    Fish Creek Hill
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    There must be something good happening when Christmas and New Year's weekends are both rained out so I drove out to Fish Creek Hill to check out the waterfalls. It was fairly spectacular but not nearly as awesome as the photo posted by Eric last week [ photo ]
    Once past Tortilla Flat, the gravel stretches of the road are rutted, potholed and washboard by the mile and the downhill trip is very slow going. It was a pleasure to see the water flowing off the tall cliffs and dashing against the solid rock wall below the rim, it's also pretty noisy.

    Below the hill, Fish Creek is flowing with a vengeance as it passes under the bridge, after seeing only shallow pot holes for the last year, this was a welcome departure. There were several vehicles out with lots of them stopping to photograph the unusual phenomenon. On one narrow stretch, I had to wait for eight vehicles to pass before I could continue on up the hill. Tortilla Creek is flowing over the top of the road once again and a short distance further, the road is also under water but there are no postings closing the road.

    The weather was fickle too as almost every time I stopped to take photos, it would begin sprinkling yet, moments later, the sun would make a brief appearance and light up the face of the cliffs. And as a footnote, there's still bits of color to be found on the trees :D
    Fish Creek Hill
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    I haven't posted in awhile. I wanted to share a recent trip. This is a unique rare site above Fish Creek Hill that I had the privilege to photograph while driving back from Apache Lake. It rained cats and dogs for a full thirty minutes prior to taking this photo. It was like draining a bucket. The rain stopped shortly after I pulled up. All four of the Fish Creek Hill high cliff waterfalls were running at full blast. It was an amazing site to behold. It was just perfect timing. I'm an Arizona native and I've never been able to time the conditions right to see that. I've only heard about it. Spray and mist was actually blocking the road at one of the waterfalls. The culvert just couldn't handle the flow. Two large boulders fell onto the road about half way up the hill that nearly kept me from getting home. My full sized truck barely fit between them. I thought for sure that Fish Creek Hill was going to wash out. I didn't know it could handle so much rain. It's been years since I've experienced such a storm.

    Fish Creek Hill
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    Fish Creek Upper Bridge Loop
    Claire read about a loop in some Supes book, and I'd never done Fish Creek, so I did a quick glance at some tracks on HAZ, and it looked reasonable, so we headed out.

    The creek/canyon is beautiful, but very slow going for the first 2 miles or so. As it opens up a bit, the pace increases. We filtered some water where the hike leaves the creek, in anticipation for the long, warm hike back around and down to the bridge.

    Plenty of cairns going up the hill make it pretty easy to follow, but the spring grasses make it tough in some spots. A steady eye is necessary for those without a GPS-track to follow (like me).

    Once back on FS213, you wonder how somebody in a Jeep can't get out there :whistle: . It's an easy and relatively flat hike back to the 88. The hike down Fish Creek Hill is great too, save for the dust from the occasional passing car. It was late enough in the day that traffic was light. I helped push a truck out of a ditch. Walking down FCH is also nicer than driving because you can stop and look over the edge more. There are no fewer than 8 vehicles that met their demise on this stretch of road, left to rust on the hillside hundreds of feet below. And at least one boat.

    The gem of this hike is the first couple of miles of creek, but the rest of the loop makes it a solid hiking day.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix head out on SR88. Hike starts at Fish Creek Hill Vista which is smack dab at mile marker 222.
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