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Hiking Northern Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
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This is a great place to visit. The water is crystal clear, The hike down into the canyon was a breeze, the hike up, on the other hand was a little bit more difficult, especially after swimming all day.
Hiked down to Fossil Springs 1st week of October. Hit Fall colors at thier peak. Absolutely beautiful, an Arizona gem. Sadly, getting loved to death. Human waste, toilet paper trash abounds. Two fires burning on ariaval Sun PM, no one around. Please people, don't destroy this place!
I suggest responsible hikers take an extra garbage bag to help clean up. I'm planning to next time.
Excellent trail. Carry plenty of water for the hike out. Many people report drinking the water untreated without problems from above the swimming holes. 4 mile uphill hike out! The dam was removed last October and the lower flume trail is closed due to the deconstruction of the Irving Power Plant.
Worth the hike down to see and get wet in the springs, but still a bit warm on the lower parts of the trail. The rapid elevation drops and gains would not have been so bad if not for the terrain (basically a very rocky dry creek bed). My dogs give it less of a rating.
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