Fossil Creek Waterfall Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Rating this because the drive was gorgeous! My small car barely made it on those bumpy roads though. I drove up to a sign that said Fossil Creek Access, with an arrow pointing to the right, so drove down that way and the road got so bad I just had to turn around and drive back. So the waterfall trailhead was never found, but I came around a corner focusing on the bumpy road, and there was a cow standing there staring at me. Just glad I didn't hit it! Hoping to go back for the trail with a better vehicle and in the spring/summer!!
I would suggest this trail in the winter after October 1 and before April 1. The trail was so quiet and serene and no parking permit is necessary in the winter. Plus the 15 mile road in hugs the edge of sheer cliff the whole way and is a bumpy road. I can't imagine driving it in the summer with intoxicated 20 somethings flying around the corners. The trail was easy as long as you follow the arrows. Make sure to go past the first somewhat large waterfall as that isn't it. The trail continues about another .25 miles to the main waterfall where the trail ends. Just stay alongside the creek and you won't lose the trail. The solitude and beauty was well worth the trip in the fall. The leaves were changing and it was nice and cool. Very pretty and easy to get to.
This is a great trail along Fossil Creek to one of many waterfalls on the creek. Easy out & back trail. Pet friendly with many spots to stop, swim, take pictures or relax. A must do trail for anyone. Gets heavy traffic, but is worth it when you see the creek. This area was recently restored by de-commissioning an old power-plant and restoring native fish. One of the best and easiest trails in Arizona.