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Waterfall Trail - Fossil Creek
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Waterfall Trail - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2014
joebartels
Hiking2.20 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.47 mph
210 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Bruce and I did a loop through here four weeks ago. The waterfall seemed like an excellent destination for Jessica. So we planned a camping trip. She was excited and looked forward to the trip.

The road in is still washboard, go figure. At 8:30am we were the second car in the lot and never saw the other party all the way to the waterfall. With a cool front moving through this week we thought it might be a bit chilly in the water. Just the initial shock then it was fine in the mid seventies.

For an hour we floated around in the waterfall pool. It rotates counter clockwise. With minimal hand paddling you keep circling. The rocks are not slippery so walking across the shallow end is not difficult. Heading out I noticed there is a lot of travertine 10-15 feet above creek level. There must have been old natural dams. If it flooded it wouldn't seem to last long enough nor would it be mineralized enough to create the formations. Jessica really liked this hike and float.

Next up was Cathedral Rock in Sedona. The parking lot was full so we went for lunch and came back. Still full it just wasn't in the cards. Jessica wasn't disappointed rather almost relieved so instead of another hike in the sun we walked around the 89A shops above Oak Creek. My knowledge of shopping districts is bleak at best so I haven't a clue what most refer to this area as being. It's definitely busy and fun to walk around. Tlaquepaque was the next stop for the bouncing pinball. 28 years ago I came here with my dad and sister. It is interesting and seems more artsy. It seemed busier back in the 80's.

With plans to camp on Mingus we headed up. Along the way we stopped in Jerome. We walked up through the streets and all around. Jessica loved it and calls it spooky.

After I showed Jessica the highlights of Mingus we setup camp. It was windy until we left the next morning. Luckily it only dropped to 43 degrees. Fun trip. We both had a blast.
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