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Flume TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
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Hiking12.70 Miles 1,385 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   2.47 mph
1,385 ft AEG
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Have not been to Fossil Creek before, did not expect to hike to a destination to see a warning about a toilet bowl. Shortly before reaching the springs area I passed a young couple with their dog “sonny” . Very friendly dog who sports sun glasses well, reminded me of an Irish setter but had a dark coat. Anyway I arrived shortly before they did and walked upstream had a snack but I had noticed a plaque above the waterfall and since I couldn’t read it ,should have worn better glasses, asked the younger couple to help me out. I presumed it was a historic marker for the dam or creek so when he was reading it I thought he was kidding with words like “toilet bowl”, “ dangerous currents”, so I took a picture of the plaque, which basically warns to not get flushed. No one was in the water including me but there have been drownings reported so take the warnings seriously. Saw little of the remnants of the flume, was a bit warm initially as I did not start until afternoon and minimal shade, but it was windy and cooler when I finished.Was able to try out my new sandals for the first crossing of the mid calf deep water leading up to the information kiosk. Gained a few extra miles walking back and forth on the road first to the waterfall trail and then back to the bridge as I was parked at the Irving trail head. The area of the road near the bridge is better walked anyway as the road is in bad shape lot of large rocks to avoid or creep over slowly. The drive from Camp Verde was tedious,the first 10 miles was similar to Peralta road ,could maintain 25mph but the permit area ie. The last 5 to 6 miles is in rough shape ,a less than 10mph road.I didn’t mind too much as I was escaping from my wife’s art show weekend after helping set it up.Not likely to be back before permits needed, 4/1,think I’ll try the Strawberry side next time and consider the loop. Wish now I had seen the power plant and flume working though I think it’s presence deterred me from exploring this area in the past.
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