NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE!
Posting for Kimberly...
I'm determined to get to Fossil Springs and have been guaranteed by the Forest Service, over the phone, that the road is open to the trailhead from Strawberry (and closed further down). This is one of the prettiest riparian areas in AZ with abundant water for swimming! The trail down is wide and easy and mostly desert. As you descend into the canyon, the vegetation changes to Sycamore and Oak trees, fern grottos, and wild blackberry bushes. The travertine falls are second-best only to Havasupai, in my opinion.
We'll need to get an early start as they do close the trail at capacity. Let's meet at Target in Fountain Hills at 7:00 and that should get us to the trailhead by 9:00. It's an 8.75mi round trip hike with a few hours at the bottom for lunch and fun. Remember, the way down is easy, but the hike out is ALL uphill in the heat of the day. We won't be in a rush, but please be prepared. Dogs are welcome on this hike, but make sure they can withstand the heat.
I'd love to car camp Saturday night around Payson/Strawberry/Mogollon Rim, but don't know the area well enough to suggest a spot. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know ASAP and I'll look into it.
A co-leader for this trip would be welcomed! Call or text me at [masked]
North on AZ-87 (Beeline Hwy) to Payson
thru Payson, Pine and into Strawberry
left on Fossil Creek Rd to trailhead parking
last mile or two on good dirt road, cars should be OK
1.5-2 hours driving time
What to bring:
at least 3L water, water filter if you want to refill
water shoes/swim suit
beach towel (can wet it and drape over shoulders on the hike out)
etc, etc(I have a small propane grill)
Should be great!