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Waterfall Trail - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2012
chumley
Hiking2.60 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   0.61 mph
190 ft AEG
 
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I was anticipating rain on Monday and thought it would be fun to go out and enjoy the cooler weather. Unfortunately, when I got up, the skies were blue, the radar was mostly clear, and I got an email from work that I had to take care of. Not to let my plans be foiled, I got my work done in a couple of hours and decided to take advantage of the day anyway. I headed over to pick up Janelle for a trip to Fossil Creek. My morning work delayed the start enough that I decided it was too late to hike the Fossil Springs trail so we went the Camp Verde way instead. I forgot that the road is 16 miles long. And it's basically a washboard hell. Sort of miserable.

The flashing road sign in Camp Verde reminded me of something I might have read in the HAZ forum but forgotten. Fossil Springs is closed for 3 weeks! Apparently they weren't really starting any of their work until Tuesday though so we decided to go for it. Wow, what a fantastic choice. Some of you might know that I'm not a fan of crowded places. And as much as I enjoy Fossil Creek, I basically avoid it like the plague because the whole experience is ruined for me when it's full of obnoxious people, traffic, music, trash, etc. I was hoping that a Monday in September wouldn't be too bad, but was totally unprepared for the total solitude provided by the impending closure! Bonus!

We had the place to ourselves! :D

So we parked at the trailhead and headed upstream wading in the creek rather than hiking the actual trail. Tons of pictures, and a couple of full-fledged swimming breaks along the way, we finally got to the waterfall 2.5 hours later. We spent more than an hour at the waterfall, swimming and taking photos, and enjoying this little oasis on a warm summer day without having to share it with anybody else! I'm pretty sure that'll never happen again!

We headed back via the official Waterfall Trail, covering the 1.1 miles in under 25 minutes. After the long drive down I-17 we got back to town starving and hit up Boulders for pizza and a celebratory beer!
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