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1 day ago

The river trail is Kaput. Washed out by Spring Floods. Better to hike power plant rd above river. Much better views as well. We were bummed as River was too high to cross for us old geazer hippies it really will take you 85 minutes to travel the 18 miles to get there on Forrest creek rd and verde rd. Plenty of signs and good toilets along the way. Our rental Nissan Rogue did a good job of handling the rd. Great Campground on the river.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this loop hike clockwise on St. Patricks Day shortly after the recent snows had melted. Impressed with the trail, maintenance & signage. Great time of year to be here. Met several hikers in the lower section but far fewer on the Highline. The seasonal creek (runoff) that ran on the southern section of the loop was really pretty, albeit unexpected. Had two crossings; the deepest about one foot.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Trail is somewhat rocky but was very clearly marked and views were great. I was with 2 10yo boys and 3 small breed dogs who handled it easily. We only went 2 miles out and back, but we did hear light freeway noise our entire hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful tall Pines. Rained, but it’s still a good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike started out kind of boring. You have to cross the major highway and walk without any incline for a while. Because it had rained the week before, we had to cross several streams. The last half of the hike was great, with lots of elevation gain and great views. We wanted to keep goin but didn’t k is where the rest of the trail would go. On the way back, a man told us that we could have made it to the bottom and caught about her Trail to a road in Pine in fewer miles than it would take us to get back to the trailhead. We will check into it and go back if it works. There is a super gross bathroom at the trailhead and lots of good parking.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail isn’t too difficult at all. There were some extremely wet/slushy spots that made some parts rather slippery. The waterfall itself was nice, and the water was still a decent temperature to swim. Scenery is nice, but again, nothing out of this world. Wouldn’t rate this hard like AllTrails has it, but it is a decent hike. Happy to have done it, wouldn’t be one that I did twice.

off road driving
2 months ago

Tried Child Powers Rd on the 2nd of Jan. 2019 in light snow in a AWD Nissan Rogue. It’s NOT a pleasant dirt road any more. Lots of rocks but this stock rental did just fine, AWD is necessary though. However, at mile 7 ish you start a real cliff hanger down slope and about 100 yards down there’s a rock slide. Some industrious party built a path around the one large boulder lounging mid stream

Loved the challenge!! So beautiful! Can’t wait to go again! The waterfall left me speechless

hiking
3 months ago

Fun and easy morning hike. Beautiful views.

Going down is the warm up. Get prepared to hike back. Do the extra mile at the end for the waterfall.

Really cool hike along the verde river that obviously leads to the abandoned springs (after crossing - river was mid-thigh & we did it barefoot no problem, a little bit of current though if you're bringing kids). Pretty easy with a little climbing. Really nice people at the campground that gave us some advice but you could figure it out anyway. Did meet some nudists but they were courteous & didn't have to share pools since we got there early. The rainbow room was pretty warm but not super hot 11/24/18. Very pretty!

on Verde Hot Spring

camping
3 months ago

Took a Ford FIESTA. The party fiesta. She made it down to the camp sites, had a camera crew watching it trying to get back up.

off road driving
4 months ago

Be real careful taking kids around there. Lately, nudest frequent inside rainbow room where the hot tub is inside, or in the outdoor, luke warm, hot tub triangle pool, and they are super friendly, but they don’t typically move or leave and just chill out there sometimes nearly all day it seems, especially the ones camping there; so if that makes anyone uncomfortable in your party, just be for warned and have a plan ahead of time to try again another time???

Can camp there up to 5 days, too, but didn’t see any camping fee or permit required. Cave at the hot springs was kinda interesting. .One restroom in campsite, but none at hot springs. There is a changing area inside the rainbow room but it is not private as it is next to the hot tub without walls dividing the two areas. Camping area (on opposite side of river) had lots of neat shade trees right along river, but must read rules on fire pits and bbq restrictions. One tent was camping right next to hot springs and had its own firepit made of rocks; looked kinda safe, but not sure how legal that was.

We took Child Powers road because heard other road weeks earlier (I assume Dugas Rd) was gated and closed from rock fall, but not really sure about that. We left from Camp Verde around 11 am and got there around 1 and left around 3 or 4pm and got back onto I-17 before dark in mid Nov. We went 15 miles on Fossil Creek washboard dirt road to Child Powers road for maybe another 5 miles down to campsite, but last 500 feet or so of road was horrible with pot holes even with a 4x4 truck, so just took it extra slow and did fine.

No signage for the hot springs trailhead, but it starts just outside campground along old power station building. Used gps to help guide us or might have felt was getting lost.

It is more like a hike than just a flat short walk. Not recommended for everyone, but most people used to any hiking would do fine. Had to rock climb a little bit, took the dotted line shown on gps from this app on where best to cross the river so don’t run into an island and have to cross twice. The dotted line crossing was narrowest and closest to the hot springs, and looked like a boat ramp area, too.

Don’t kayak this area with a lot of experience with right kayak. Apparently kayaking was or is still a thing there. (I recommend kayaking Verde up around Clarkdale and Cottonwood where longer stretches with less technical rapids.)

I recommend crossing the river even in Nov like we did today, but bring appropriate clothes that dry fast and watershoes and switch shoes just before crossing river. Yes it was cold but only mid thigh deep and current wasn’t too, too tough while we were there, but maybe after heavy rains it would be too high and fast and too dangerous; not sure.

(Fossil Creek 1 mile waterfall trail is on way there or on the way back, and I recommend doing both hikes in same day to take advantage of both since sooo close together and if you get a real really start in the day, but fossil creek requires a permit April 1st to Oct 1st and you really want to select the closest parking lot online or may have to walk a long, long ways just to get to trailhead itself. Fossil Creek is worthwhile and not a nudest hangout from what I recall.)

Arizona has some of the most beautiful and diverse trails in the Nation. Highline trail is no exception. This was an amazing trail; probably the most beautiful and most difficult trail I've ever done. Some friends and I hiked from PineTH to the Fish Hatchery (about 36 miles in 3 days). This was not an easy hike. My friends and I are in moderate shape and this trail ended up kicking our butts. We averaged about 12 miles per day going at about 2-3mph. The trail goes along the ridges of the Mogollon rim so there are a lot of steep hikes up and down those ridges. Altogether I believe you'll do almost 9,000 feet of elevation gain.
We were pretty exhausted by the end of the trip. As you go along the trail you see the topography change dramatically from forest to desert to prairies and back and forth. You'll also run into some areas that were hit by forest fires and it feels really eerie. There are quite a few clean water streams along the trail. I would highly recommend brining a water filter. (They sell water bottles that filter water). There are also tons of places to camp along the way, as well as plenty of places to rest. I would highly recommend bringing a GPS because there are parts where the trail is hard to find. Most of the trail we did have cell phone service and we ended up using the GPS on our phones when we got lost. (Google maps has the trail) We saw some deer, elk, wildcat and bear tracks along the way so make sure you bring some sort of protection from harmful wildlife (pepper spray).
If you do this hike, make sure you are prepared for a tough hike. I would say you should plan for it to take 4-5 days if you do the whole trail. Only do this trail if you are in good physical shape because doing a hike this long you will need food for 4-5 days and all your gear which will end up being pretty heavy. My backpack weighed about 70LB and was not easy to carry 36 miles up and down those ridges.
You also don't have to do the whole 50 mile hike because there are numerous campsites along the way where you can park a 2nd car to take you back to your 1st car.
10/10 would recommend to anyone up for this beast of a trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a nice hike. Again, we got off trail, on purpose, because we wanted to explore the Ridge. We were glad we did! It was beautiful. We even found a cool shelter someone had built among some trees. Some parts were pretty steep with loose rocks but not too bad. We didn't see a single person. Parking was weird as we parked just outside of someone's gated driveway... Pretty cool hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! The first couple of miles are somewhat generic, but once you make it down to the creek it’s really nice.
The trail gets confusing towards the end but keep going as the waterfall all the way at the end makes it worth the trek!

It's one of the tuffer trails of fossil creek. Waterfalls are beautiful but not easily accessible. Be prepared for this one because the road is very rocky and it can hurt the legs.

Things to must have.
1. Good trekking shoes
2. Water
3. Power bars

One of favorite hikes. Great place to sit and play at the bottom. Nice fall leave colors in October!

This is an beautiful and rugged trail. I did the whole trail from east to west in 3.5 days, and my GPS trace came out to 57.29 mi (according to Strava) --- which is substantially more than advertised. (Several reroutes increased the length, and the GPS trace above misses a lot of fine detail.) I packed light and am an experienced backpacker, and I found the trail challenging. The scenery and wildlife was beautiful. I got within spitting distance of a huge bull elk and saw several more from a distance. When I hiked (early November), water was plentiful and people were rare (both plusses for me).

The western part of the trail, from the Pine to Washington Park trailheads, is concurrent with the Arizona Trail. This section is well maintained, but the eastern part is less well maintained (altho it was significantly improved by the hardworking Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona). In some places, the trail has been significantly rerouted, and many maps (including alltrails!) have not been updated with the new route. The trail can be overgrown (it gets little foot traffic in places) and hard to follow in places (especially when the trail is flat and tall grass grows), so it can take real skill to stay found.

Many sources talk about how the trail between the Washington Park and Hatchery trail heads was burned by the Dude fire in 1990, but parts of the same stretch of trail where also burned by the Rim fire (2009) and (aptly named) Highline fire in 2017. For the Highline (and possibly Rim) fires, the trail was actually used as a fire break. So as you hike along, the land to the north of the trail is charred but the land to the south of the trail is untouched by fire (mostly --- it looks like the fire jumped the trail in a few places). The effect is striking, but the downside is that the trail was hastily widened to about 15’ to make the firebreak, and the result is ugly (all shrubs and trees were cut off at the base with chainsaws) and seems to have caused extra erosion. However, the trail easy to follow when widended. Still, I think the section between Washington Park and Hatchery trail heads was the most challenging.

hiking
4 months ago

Started the trail from the north end. Fall is a great time to go, the weather was cool and the leaves were changing. Just be sure to pack rain gear because the clouds can gather just beyond the high ridges. North end was quiet, didn't see any other hikers.

hiking
4 months ago

Actually 9 miles including trail head. Don't do it if you aren't ready! Waterfall is fabulous. I can't wait to do it again.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail bring water. Not recommended for dogs or kids

Hike to the water isn’t bad- I’d recommend not going in hot summer months. (Don’t forget your parking permit.) hike up after swimming all day was brutal/ brings lots of water. Also may not be the best hike for a dog.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike!

Not the most photogenic hike, but I enjoyed the quiet solitude and the smells of the forest after the rain yesterday.

Did the trail in October. Weather was great cold at the start but warmer near bottom. Some tricky spots and not for younger kids. The hike down was pretty easy but back out sucked the energy out of you. At the bottom the river was flowing and sound of water was relaxing

I have done Fossil Creek through Camp Verde but my kids and I were anxious to complete the hike through Strawberry. We could not have picked a better day for this hike on 8.25.18. We went with a group of 13, ages 8-45 and thankfully, everyone survived and had an amazing time. We were blessed with dark clouds the entire day though it never rained. The hike is definitely a workout but the views and waterfall at the end were absolutely worth it. Spent about 4 hours cliff jumping and swimming. Definitely bring food as you will want to sit and enjoy the scenery and the water. The hike out was a challenge for my 8 year old as it was very steep and it definitely got my heart rate up. If you have young kids, I would recommend the hike through Camp Verde and save this one for the older kids. Would absolutely do this hike again next summer!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is groomed nicely. Views are amazing. The beginning is alittle confusing. Great hike for all angles.

hiking
5 months ago

Your glutes and calves will burn!
but it's an amazing site to see 4 miles down. The Spring is fantastic to explore. Bring a hammock to hang & perhaps even a float!
Warning: our doggy suffered ripped paw pads and he's a malinois. We had to carry out a 70 pound dog in a backpack.

Completed the trek down in 1.5 hours.
Completed the trek back up (3/4 of trail is uphill) in 2 hours 15 min.
I think I'm slow compared to the guys i hike with, but we kept pace quite fast, passing some hikers on our way out.

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