Flume Road Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Flagstaff: Access #1: From Arizona Highway 260 turn south onto FR 708. Continue approximately 20 miles to the trailhead.Access #2: From Arizona Highway 87 turn west onto FR 708 and continue approximately 14 miles to the trailhead.
Couldn't find a listing for the Fossil Creek Waterfall trail, so this is a review of that short 1 mile (one way) out and back trail to one of the spectacular waterfalls on this amazing creek which has been recently (several years ago) restored to flow after the de-commissioning of the old power plant. It is along the creek most of the way and much better than the long Flume Trail which does not get close to the creek until the end. Several small waterfalls and pools along the trail invite swimming, pictures, and relaxing lunches. Heavily traveled trail, but an easy "must take" hike. Do not pass up this great little creek. Not so good 14 mile washboard dirt road to get to the permit only parking areas, but again, well worth the effort.
My mistake, I was referring to a different flume trail
not sure what the previous reviewer is talking about, started at the trail head and followed the easy Trail to the old dam. great hike, beautiful trail, moderately easy. 5 miles. bring water!
The trail is probably amazing if you find the open trailhead. Alot of the trails are rerouted in the Fossil Creek area due to most the area being closed indefinitely because of rockslides. The Flume Road trailhead is now located east of camp verde on hwy 260. It is now a 10 mile hike.
This trail is a moderate hike with regular elevation changes. Some of the trail is rocky and unstable, and narrows to single file in places. You cross several smaller creek beds, one with a very steep entry/exit. There are many sheer drops to one side, but you are rewarded with glimpses of Fossil Creek and various small waterfalls as you progress down the trail. You are rewarded with a spectacular waterfall, whirlpool and cave at a swimming hole at the end of the trail. Continue on the trail, bear left and you may be able to find Fossil Spring!