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Flume Trail

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The hidden treasures of Fossil Creek Canyon and Fossil Springs is a great way to cool off.


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Map Key

4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Point to Point

4,378' 1,334 m

High

3,794' 1,156 m

Low

823' 251 m

Up

334' 102 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Family Friendly There are numerous spots along the way where you'll be able to swim in calm waters, which is perfect for families looking to add something special to their hike.

During high traffic months you'll now need a permit. May 1st to October 1st. This will be a one day permit. They are issued on a first come first serve basis. Go to recreation.gov for permit information.

Description

From Camp Verde head take Route 260 heading east. Just outside of Camp Verde you'll find the turn off to Fossil Creek Forest Road #708. You'll need to drive down a dirt road for almost 14 miles before you reach the trailhead.

The Flume Creek Trail is one of the most popular trails leading to the spring, and it starts off at the mouth of a scenic canyon at the base of the Mogollon Rim. You'll continue along typical Arizona canyonland until suddenly, the terrain around you transforms into an amazing water wonderland.

As you work your way towards the falls there are several areas where it is possible to get into the creek and cool off or stop for a snack or lunch.

Once you've made your way to the springs, take your time to enjoy the lush vegetation surrounding you. Once you've had your fill, head back to your vehicle the way that you came in.

Flora & Fauna

You will find a canopy of trees in some areas of this hike.

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Rachel Stubbs

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Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)
Aug 24, 2016 near Pine, AZ
Clear water.
Jul 12, 2016 near Pine, AZ
Panoramic view of the waterfall and toilet bowl.
Aug 24, 2016 near Pine, AZ
Small cave near the toilet bowl. Bring goggles to view the floor of the cave + the fish.
Aug 24, 2016 near Pine, AZ
The falls.
Jul 12, 2016 near Pine, AZ
Today was a special hike to Fossil Springs Waterfall. We enjoyed a cattle drive! Drive toward Cottonwood on Hwy 260 then turning off onto Forest Road 708 and drive back toward Strawberry for 14 miles to the trailhead.
Aug 7, 2019 near Pine, AZ

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Mar 12, 2018
Matt Nelsen
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May 28, 2017
Falisha Lynn
May 26, 2017
Falisha Lynn
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Blaine Birtzer