Fossil Springs Trail

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Fossil Springs Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

A permit is required to hike here from May 1 through September 30.

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10 days ago

Great waterfall and rocky terrain is fun to hike

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11 days ago

Do not underestimate this trail! It was about 70 degrees when we went all the way to the falls, which required 60+ oz of water for each person, good shoes, and about 3.5 hours of hiking plus 1 hour of stopping for breaks. We logged 9 miles total. The decline is intense and there is little shade after the first mile and a half. When you get to the riverbed at the bottom, continue to either the Springs or the Toilet Bowl (waterfall). The Springs path is beautiful and goes along the creek, but of course if you've made it that far, you'll want to see the falls as well. There were still lots of golden oak leaves this weekend all along the trail, but it's mostly desert shrubbery and super dusty/rocky alternating terrain until you get to the river at the very end. The trail is well marked the whole way. There were very few people on the trail and permits aren't required, but get there early to beat the beat and get the falls to yourself for a while. Well worth the hike, but please be prepared for how difficult it is!

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17 days ago

Great trail. Took about 4 hrs round trip to complete. Spots for camping along the way.

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23 days ago

amazing trail

25 days ago

Awesome destination, perfect late October hike and swim, water is a great cool temperature. Bring water shoes to navigate slippery rocks.

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1 month ago

Very hard hike after the first two miles . But, well worth it.

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So we made the mistake of walking the Fossil Springs Trail to the Flume to the Fossil Creek Waterfall trail, and straight up 708 making a complete loop. It was really beautiful and so much fun, the falls are awesome. There was one spot of the springs trail where the springs were dried up so we walked a little further down that is how we ended up doing the fill loop. But all in all I would say this was well worth the 20 mile hike. But I wouldn't do it if you don't bring enough water and are not physically prepared to walk up and down hill for that long.

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