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Verde Hot SpringsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2014
topohiker
Hiking32.96 Miles 5,460 AEG
Hiking32.96 Miles   13 Hrs   18 Mns   3.05 mph
5,460 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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This was my second attempt at getting to the Verde Hot springs and I made it :y: !

Mike & I started at the road closed sign(near the upper trailhead). As we walked down the closed road, we theorized as to why it was closed. Mike though it might be to reduce the traffic to the lower Fossil creek. I figured it was to prevent cars from driving off the road. From the HAZ photo sets, it looked like it was a common occurrence.

The lower trailheads were full when we went by. About 11am there was a huge caravan of cars driving in. We wondered where they would park.

This was my first time seeing the lower section of fossil creek. Soon we were descending into the Verde. Mike was tired, so he chilled out at the Verde as I continued on to the hot springs.
I changed into my Keen saddles before heading down the trail to the hot springs. The crossing was pretty fun. It was longer than I expected. The last 50 feet were in muddy water.
When I got to the springs there was a family of 12~15 kids and parents playing around. They left shortly later and I had the whole area to myself for about 7 minutes! When I headed back, another family showed me a closer crossing. It knocked off about a 1/4 mile. The closing was narrower, about 3 inched taller and a little faster. I preferred that closer crossing.

I found Mike, had lunch and then we made the march back to the car. Along the way we filtered some water from Fossil creek and saw a skunk by the lower trailhead :o .

The weather was all over the board. The morning was chilly. We had sprinkles by the bridge. The temps by the river were hot. The we got closer to the Jeep, it got down right cold. There was a teeth chattering wind for the last 10 minutes.

It was a fun hike. I might bring my son next time.
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