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Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil Creek
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Bob Bear Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2013
Mike_Fels
Hiking11.34 Miles 1,906 AEG
Hiking11.34 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   2.84 mph
1,906 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
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The last time I had been to Fossil Creek was when doing a Flume Trail hike back in May of 05. That was not all too long before the flume was deactivated. I figured then that it would be interesting to see what the creek looked like now without most of the water being diverted into the flume.

Mike and I decided that the weather should be pretty good now for a hike to Fossil creek. So we headed up to Strawberry bright and early, leaving the valley at 4:30AM. We hit the trail at 6:40, the only car in the parking lot. Going down the temperatures were actually pretty chilly. The trail had quite a few very rough spots. I couldn't believe what the falls looked like at the site of the old dam. It is beautiful. Lots of clear water surrounded by green vegetation. Hard to believe we were in AZ. Of course the huge springs were very interesting. It's amazing that in the matter of less than 100 yards the creek can go from having no flowing water to it being a rushing creek.

Mike hadn't been there before and was disappointed when we first crossed Fossil Creek with no water flowing. So he was very pleased to see the falls.

There were lots of wild flowers along the trails. Manzanita, New Mexico Locust, Parry's Penstermon, Yellow Columbine, Rattlesnake Weed and many more were in bloom. There was even one Rough Prickly Poppy right at the falls. There were lots of lizards in attendance. The entire creek valley was much greener than it had been 8 years earlier.

Both of us ended up with bites from some bug below the knees that have puffed up and itch like crazy. Don't know what bug that it is from but it must have been in the grasses we walked through seeing as it's only below the knees.

On the way up there were many people coming down. Some didn't look like they would make it down to the dam much less back up again.

All in all it was a very nice hike.
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