Water Wheel Falls

EASY 84 reviews
#5 of 84 trails in

Water Wheel Falls is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles 214 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

Short hike with wonderful views and the option to continue up to the Ellison Creek Cascades. If you're in the area it's worth the trip. There is no official trail. It's more a trail of use that skirts away from Water Wheel Camp Grounds. Short hike with the option to continue up to the Ellison Creek Cascades. If you're in the area it's worth the trip. There is no official trail. It's more a trail of use that skirts away from Water Wheel Camp Grounds. There are also a lot of swimming holes to cool down during the AZ summer.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail. Great views with a smack box canyon and a bunch of cascades. Rock hopping opportunities for great views of falls. Much quieter than I thought it would be

hiking
28 days ago

This was so much fun with the kids. I don't recommend small kids to do this trail but it ends with a waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

We couldn't figure this trail out BUT we had fun.. never made it to the falls I think we took a wrong turn somewhere... the trail is not easily marked.. but so pretty and worth the hike... the weather was perfect!

1 month ago

Great scenic adventurous easy trail, trail itself confusing but stay near water for best views, keep going till u hit the private property sign

1 month ago

Always a good one to conquer visiting Payson.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. We had kids aged 10, 8, 4 and baby in carrier. Lots of big boulders to climb over which was hard for the 4 year old. Older kids loved it. I would say it was moderate not easy.

hiking
1 month ago

good hammock spots

2 months ago

2 months ago

Trail NOT well marked... very confusing, but beautiful if you hike along the river.

3 months ago

an appealing water feature in Arizona located minutes from downtown Payson. The reviews and guide books rate it easy but make no mistake that this not an improved trail and 80 percent of the time you are off trail going over granite boulders. Anyone can do this trail but little kids and elderly should be extra cautious. The swimming hole is legit but so are the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Very great views!! We just got back and the water was cold but you get used to it after a while. It started sprinkling so we started to head out. Funny thing is, is that just 30 min before it was hot and sunny. ALOT of rock climbing so make sure you wear the right shoes. I though maybe because we were just going to go and get wet that i didn't have to take good shoes. Wrong mistake!! I kept slipping LoL there is alit of places to stop and look or hang out. Some people were even fishing

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and short hike with numerous water holes/spots to swim. Quite a few people on the weekend.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was pretty crowded but very enjoyable. Lots of little spots to stop and jump in to cool down. Defiantly going back to explore more and bring more friends.

hiking
3 months ago

I've been here twice, first was the Second Crossing, a nice secluded area by the water off .. pass under the bridge, and go up the hill to the right over the rocks and there you are.. for more hiking go North from there - rather than South. Also went to the Waterwheel Falls main entrance - it was very over populated with people, lots of waiting, but the scenery was extremely beautiful, especially when the rain clouds came through and covered everything with shade for the hike back. I very much recommend this hike! (Wear hiking shoes, terrain is rock, water, sand and mud

3 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Pavement road so car is fine. Head towards left trail for best views. Not well marked, but short easy trail so just follow the water until you reach waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

We loved the scenery, but couldn't make it the entire way with three kids (the youngest being a very active 3 year old). Might have tried it with one more adult! We would love to go back.

hiking
3 months ago

super fun!! highly recommended