Water Wheel Falls

EASY 197 reviews
#4 of 98 trails in

Water Wheel Falls is a 1.5 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 best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
160 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

off trail

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 campgrounds.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

15 days ago

Trail is back open, closure was only til 8/31 (as the postings and notices said) due to deaths caused by flash flooding. If you check the website it shows you all current alerts. Despite the flood damage the trails is still beautiful and a blast, even with small children (2&4). So many places to stop and play in the water or the woods. Still our favorite trail!

hiking
20 days ago

Closure signs posted all along the road and in all parking areas with information about a tragic flash flooding event. There are ongoing incident investigations to ensure the safety of visitors to the area.

21 days ago

Drove out today 1hr 20min got there it was closed to the public no information when it will reopen.

hiking
28 days ago

Too bad this is closed. Took my son on his first hike back when he was about 4 years old.

1 month ago

Currently closed until further notice, be sure to check Tonto national forest website.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, very easy but you will get your feet wet so plan ahead. Water falls everywhere! Nice swimming hole at the end but the water is ice cold. Kind of heavily trafficked on weekends and unfortunately considerable amount of litter. Bring a spare plastic bag and help Mother Nature out if you can.

2 months ago

Great hike but trail is unmarked and hard to follow. Beautiful scenery. Lots of people. Limited shade. Be careful of flash floods with rain.

hiking
2 months ago

A perfect hike for the whole family!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail map reads 1.5 miles but in reality it is only about 1 mile in distance (one way). There is fencing and "no trespassing" warnings at the end of the approx 1 mile trek. It was a bit disappointing and wish this was included on the trail description or that it included this update.

Other than that, it does have beautiful scenery, lots of people swimming, and very easy.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike to a lovely swimming hole with a waterfall.

Pro tip: go on off days and near a couple of hours before sunset so that you can have the pool all to yourself.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was beautiful and worth it! Easy if you are in shape and moderate if you do not hike often.Lots of rock climbing,slippery areas,and steep cliffs. The person who recommend water shoes was right because you will be crossing rivers. My only complaint was on the way up a drunk man walking down made inappropriate remarks. At the top there was more obnoxious drunk men who had no respect for families. seemed more like a party zone.You have no cell phone service until the parking lot and no park rangers on duty . I felt very unsafe. I would recommend going in large groups.

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2 months ago

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