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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 Sep 21 2013
ddgrunning
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.42 mph
1,391 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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After camping out on the rim above Strawberry, we took our two youngest to check out Fossil Springs. I had not been there since I was a youth. The trailhead was crowded, per usual. The Ranger said that this was the first day that they had lifted the access restrictions, but that the crazy number of folks there may result in reinstating restrictions. Call the number on the Ranger station website before you go: Fossil Creek Hotline at 928-226-4611.

We started out around 1 p.m., and passed about 100 boy scouts (no exaggeration) on their way out after camping over the night before.

The hike in was relatively pleasant, with periodic clouds and a slight breeze providing some relief from the sun/heat. When we got down to the bottom of the canyon, we were a little surprised not to see running water. And when we first crossed the "creek" at a slick rock area, it was mostly fairly stagnant pools. At some point (out of sight from the trail), the spring really kicks in and puts out the H2O.

It took a little longer than I expected to get to the waterfall/swimming hole (on my GPS about 4.5 mi. from the trailhead). There are a number of spur trails and we wondered whether we should be taking them, as we could hear the water but not really see it from the trail. General rule of thumb after crossing the creek at the slick rock area, stay to the right, even though the trail goes somewhat away from and above the creek. The waterfall/swimming area will be very obvious when you come upon it.

The place was quite crowded; no solitude to speak of. But, you can certainly appreciate why it's a popular place. We cooled off in the water, and then made the trek out, arriving at the trailhead around 5:50 pm. It was a pleasant hike out with the sun setting and providing a shaded trail for the last couple of miles.

The elevation was a bit tough on our 10 and 11 year olds, but they handled it well.

A great hike, though next time we'll definitely schedule a visit on a weekday to avoid some of the crowds.
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