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Backpacking: Fossil Springs

  • May 4, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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RSVPs Open April 14th.

Note that this is an overnight backpacking trip, not a dayhike.

LENGTH: 8-miles round trip.

ELEVATION GAIN: 1391 feet.

FACILITIES: Restrooms at Trailhead.

CARPOOL INFORMATION: Please Meet at 7:00 AM in the Fort McDowell Casino parking lot on the B-line highway.

DIRECTIONS: From Payson, take Arizona 87 north almost 18 miles to Strawberry. At the Strawberry Lodge, take Fossil Creek Road (Forest Road 708) west 4.6 miles. The trailhead is a couple hundred yards north of FR 708. The first 2.4 miles of Fossil Creek Road are paved. The remainder is a well-graded dirt road that, in good weather, should be passable by most cars.

PLAN: This will be a relaxing two day backpacking trip to Fossil Springs.  We'll hike down Saturday morning and hike out late in the day on Sunday -- hopefully after it has cooled off a little.  In between we'll have almost two full days of swimming, jumping, camping, eating, and exploring.

This is relatively easy for a backpacking trip, so new backpackers are welcome, but I would recommend not waiting until the last minute to ask me what you need to bring or how to prepare.  Also keep in mind that even though it's short, the hike out is a little steep and can be difficult if it's hot and you're carrying a large pack.  Well behaved dogs are welcome, but they also need to be able to handle the heat.

Link to Hike Arizona description:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=183

 

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  • Todd

    Changing to a "maybe" so I'm giving up my spot for people on waiting list. May rejoin later if spots open.

    April 29, 2013

  • Hylari

    A great supportive group!! I am glad I went and did it!!! Hope to be able to go again!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Michael

    hylari, I emailed it to you yesterday

    May 4, 2013

    • Hylari

      I didn't get it.

      May 4, 2013

  • Hylari

    Michael can you give us your phone number just in case?

    May 4, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Have a great time on your birthday w/end Micheal. Wish I could join, next time!

    May 1, 2013

  • Michael

    Hylari for things like stoves and water filters, we usually just bring what we have to the trailhead and decide when we get there who's carrying what. That way we're not relying on someone who ends up canceling at the last minute. If you're saying you don't have one, don't worry there will be enough.

    April 29, 2013

  • Hylari

    Is anyone bringing a stove??

    April 29, 2013

  • Hylari

    Are we going to share tents? I have a tent that fits two people. Looking for a female roomate.

    April 29, 2013

  • Sondra

    Well shoot, in spite of all my planning I can't make this trip after all. :(

    April 25, 2013

  • Michael

    Sondra, yes there will be a carpool at the time and location listed above. We don't usually decide ahead of time who's going with who, but there's always enough room for everyone.

    April 23, 2013

    • Sondra

      Well then - I'm in!

      April 23, 2013

  • Sondra

    Will there be a carpool? Since I do not have a car that does not do well at all on dirt roads I would like to see if someone has room and can carpool me up to Payson and back.

    April 23, 2013

  • Michael

    Gladys, I've already told a couple of other people who can't make the full weekend that they're welcome to come for a day hike. I don't want to try to organize that while also doing the backpacking trip, but I don't mind if someone else wants to :)

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Gladys

    I really wish I could go overnight! Have been wanting to explore the section between the dam and the lower waterfall through the creek. Maybe you would like to plan this again later?? ;)

    April 9, 2013

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